Like many women, I have battled dry skin nearly my whole life. I struggled for years to find nontoxic skin care that I felt really nourished my skin. In the end, I created BLOOM and beautifully solved the skin-care piece of the puzzle. I will be the first to say, however, that dry skin needs to be addressed from within the body as well. As a holistic nutritionist, I've learned many root causes for chronically dry skin and how to tame it from the inside-out. I get asked often what to do about dry skin, so I thought I'd share a few expert tips with you. These are simple and easy to implement in your daily life and will set you on a journey to naturally supple skin!
5 Expert Tips for Chronically Dry Skin
1. For moist skin, eat moist food.
Have you ever heard the saying “like attracts like”? This also applies to the foods we eat. Eating dry, crunchy foods like chips, popcorn, rice cakes, and even raw veggies requires copious amounts of fluid to digest. If you suffer with dehydrated skin, you can bet that you’re dehydrated internally as well, which is why women with dry skin tend to get easily constipated. To help hydrate your skin from the inside out, focus on eating mostly cooked foods like steamed or roasted veggies instead of a raw salad, cooked rice instead of rice cakes, oatmeal instead of granola, a baked sweet potato instead of sweet potato chips, and so on. These foods have a higher moisture content and require less fluid to digest.
2. Drink plenty of warm herbal tea and lemon water.
While our main focus should be on staying hydrated in general, drinking warm herbal teas or warm lemon water tends to benefit those of us who suffer with dry skin. Warm water-based drinks stimulate blood flow within the body, kickstart detoxification and cleanse debris from the digestive tract. A little known fact is that cold water has to be digested, while warm water bypasses the digestive tract and goes straight to the bowels to aid in elimination. Again, this is important because many women with dry skin get constipated fairly easily. A good rule of thumb, and one that I practice, is to make your first and last drinks of the day a cup of warm (not hot) herbal tea or warm water with ½ a lemon squeezed into it. Adding another cup or two during the day is even more beneficial.
3. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
I had no idea a magic number existed until I studied water in my nutrition therapy program. To figure out your ideal amount, just divide your body weight in half. If you weigh 150lbs, then you need around 75 ounces of water per day. However, there is a caveat (sorry!). Add an additional 8 ounces for every caffeinated beverage, sugary drink or sweet treat you consume, and be sure to drink up if you hit the gym or sauna. A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water every time you use the bathroom. This way, you know you’re staying hydrated throughout the day. Never let yourself feel thirsty, because this is a sign of critical dehydration.
4. Hydrate your skin throughout the day.
While there’s so much we can do to combat dry skin from the inside, it’s important that we support our skin cells from the outside as well. Using a high-quality hydrating mist made from humectants like pure aloe and rose hydrosol plumps skin cells from the outside-in and has the added benefit of keeping makeup from drying out (a look no one envies!). Personally, I cleanse and prime my skin with our Dry Skin Essentials Kit every morning, then add another spritz or two of HYDRATE to “set” my makeup, giving an instant dewy glow. I also keep a bottle of HYDRATE in my handbag and spritz throughout the day to keep my face fresh and glowy. Because HYDRATE happens to smell like roses, I get a sweet aromatherapy boost as well.
5. Don’t shy away from healthy fats and oils.
In case you haven’t figured it out by now, dehydration on the outside equals dehydration on the inside. Consuming high-quality fats like extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, flax oil, coconut oil, ghee, avocados, nuts and seeds literally moisturizes your skin from the inside out. One reason is because skin-supporting vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble, so if you aren’t consuming enough dietary fat, then you won’t have a vehicle to absorb these crucial nutrients and reap their benefits. To get scientific, each skin cell is surrounded by two layers of fat that make up the cell walls (this is called the phospholipid bilayer). This layer relies on and utilizes our dietary fats and is key for giving the appearance of plump, healthy skin. Choosing unrefined or cold-pressed versions of healthy oils will mean higher bioavailability of their nutrients.
Healthy fats are so crucial that dry skin needs them applied topically as well. Nutrient-dense oils for dry skin include sesame oil, argan oil, pomegranate seed oil and rosehip seed oil. These oils are ideal because the molecules are small enough to penetrate the fine pores that typically accompany dry skin. BLOOM customers have told me their skin literally “drinks in” NOURISH, which is precisely my goal! I developed BLOOM’s line for dry skin for myself first and included high quality fats every step of the way. Dry skin POLISH contains crushed almonds and whole milk powder to moisturize while cleansing; GLOW is an oil-based cleanser light enough for all skin types, but especially beneficial for dry skin; NOURISH contains all of the aforementioned oils in organic, unrefined form along with pure essential oils that are healing for dry skin; and RESTORE Eye Balm is formulated with ghee for added nutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids. Learn more about this exquisite line HERE.
I hope these tips work to transform your dehydrated skin. Help a dry-skinned sister (or mother or girlfriend) out and share these tips so that we can all be dewy and glowy together!