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What am I supposed to eat to improve my skin?

Asked by DigitalBlue (6679 points ) October 26th, 2012

I have chronic dry skin, I always have. I drink plenty of water and I eat lots of vegetables. I don’t really eat a lot of fish, but I take a fish oil supplement.

No lotion or moisturizer or face care regimen has ever made a difference with my dry skin. This time of year, with the furnaces running, I am peeling like I have sunburn.

Should I be eating more fat? More… something? Less something?

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Shippy's avatar

Salmon, Avocados, Vitamin E, B6, Vitamin C. I also have used high grade Omega. Also good for mood stabilizing. In fact, on Omega I didn’t need medication. The key is consistency. I also make a face scrub, parts, honey, sugar and olive oil, and exfoliate. Then I massage with a mix of JoJoba Oil, Almond, and a dash of Neroli Essential Oil.

Light exercise, brings the blood flow and oxygen back to your skin cells.

Avocado is also a good moisturizing facial mask too.

DigitalBlue's avatar

I can’t scrub, my face is also super-duper sensitive on top of being dry.

So more fats, basically? I don’t eat a very high fat diet, the only fatty food that I eat on a regular basis is real butter. What is Neroli Essential Oil? Can that be found easily at stores?

poisonedantidote's avatar

Oranges do the trick for me. I am not the kind of person that worries about such things, I don’t even know how I would describe my skin, but I have noticed oranges tend to make my skin healthier looking.

That and not smoking also helps a load, specially after a couple weeks of quitting.

Shippy's avatar

@DigitalBlue Yes, essential oils should be available at your pharmacy or health store. I am loving JoJoba oil, it is amazing and I do a facial massage every night before I go to sleep. It also relaxes me and because I add an essential oil I can smell it all night. It helps me sleep. Be careful of ‘fats’ there are good ones and bad ones. I am no expert, so cannot advise you here. But perhaps do a search of good oils for skins. internally and externally. You can add olive oil, peanut oil, sesame seed oil to your cooking. A no fat diet is not always good. But high ‘fat’ can lead to other health issues. The good oils I have mentioned above. Plus oily type fish, like salmon. Perhaps with your ‘scrub’ try castor sugar. Very little. You could even just do the massage and rinse off with honey and olive oil.

Here is South Africa a lot of rural people due to cost efficiency use simple Vaseline. They have amazing skins. So you never know!

Judi's avatar

Expholiaters before your moisturizer might help.

Unbroken's avatar

Coconuts, avocados, salmon flax seed, beans and lots of vegies. Monounsaturated fats are essential. It sounds like you aren’t getting enough.

JLeslie's avatar

Get your thyroid checked. Not just TSH, but also T3 and T4.

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