Slapping on moisturizing cream certainly goes some way to relieving or preventing dry skin- but when Mother Nature sends us relentless dry days, your cream will only go so far. Without enough moisture, each one of the cells in your body becomes dehydrated, losing its plumpness and structure, which is why it becomes tight and itchy.
So how do you make sure that your skin stays well hydrated this winter?
The first step is to make sure that you are drinking at least 1.5 litres of water a day. You can keep your skin well ‘oiled’ from the inside by eating essential fatty acids from fish, nuts and seeds. If you have particularly dry skin, its best to supplement as well. Intense dryness could also be caused by poor metabolism of calcium in the body.
If you are not processing calcium well it will get “dumped” in certain tissues, including the skin. Calcium is a drying mineral – like chalk – so excess in the skin will dry it out. This could be due an under-active thyroid. The thyroid gland produces the hormone responsible for maintaining calcium balance. Make sure that you check that your thyroid is healthy.
A good diet consisting of fresh, untreated foods is crucial for the health of your entire body, not just your skin. It reduces the speed at which the skin ages or degenerates. Eating plenty of antioxidant-rich foods is essential for healthy skin. These include red, orange and yellow vegetables and fruits such as sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots and watermelon; purple foods such as berries and grapes; green foods such as watercress, kale, alfalfa sprouts and broccoli and seeds and nuts.