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Fight Dry Winter Skin with These Three Nutrition Tips

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
02/25/19  12:16 PM PST
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By Ellie Krieger Special to The Washington Post for Greensboro.com

If you are suffering from seasonal scaliness, you’re not alone. Dry skin is a common side effect of winter. As temperatures plunge, so does the humidity in the air, creating an environment that essentially sucks the moisture out of our body’s protective outer layer, resulting in that uncomfortable tightening, itchiness and flakiness.

There are things you can do from the outside-in to prevent moisture loss, including keeping showers brief and tepid, slathering on a rich cream right after patting yourself dry and running a house humidifier. But you can also optimize your skin’s natural moisture-lock system by keeping it well-nourished from the inside out.

Drink (and eat) for hydration

We typically don’t sweat as much in the winter as we do in the warmer months, so it’s easy to forget that we still need plenty of fluids. Staying well hydrated helps keep all of our bodily systems functioning smoothly, so at a minimum, you should aim for the recommended daily intake of 91 ounces of liquid for women and 125 ounces for men, amounts that include not only water but all nonalcoholic liquids consumed.

If drinking plain water leaves you cold this time of year, try a hot beverage, such as herbal tea. Also, since about 20 percent of our fluid intake comes from the food we eat, make the most of water-rich edibles that are especially good in the winter, including cozy vegetable soups and the wide variety of seasonal citrus. These foods not only pump up your water intake, they have other possible skin-nourishing benefits as well (more on that soon).

Get more omega-3

Just as we can apply a nice, rich body cream as a protective coating on the outside of our skin to combat parching winter elements, we can also help our bodies build an impermeable layer from the inside.

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