Best Foods for Dry Skin

Proper nutrition is important for overall health and well-being. What you eat can also improve your skin’s health and appearance. To prevent dry skin, keep your skin hydrated from the inside out by drinking plenty of water and eating foods rich in fatty acids and vitamins. Here are several nutrient-rich foods that can improve dry, flaky skin:

Best Foods for Dry Skin

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6)

The outermost layer of the epidermis — the stratum corneum — protects your skin from dehydration and environmental dangers. Three lipids — free fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol — play an important role in the skin’s barrier function, preventing the loss of water.

When skin doesn’t have enough lipids, water can easily escape through the barrier, leading to dehydration. Polyunsaturated fatty acids — omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids — are required for the production of those lipids. Polyunsaturated fatty acids also reduce inflammation in irritated skin.

Eating a diet rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can improve dry skin. One study found that women with dry, sensitive skin who took flaxseed oil or borage seed oil supplements for 12 weeks had reduced skin roughness and scaling and decreased trans-epidermal water loss.

Most people get plenty of omega-6 fatty acids, found in corn and other vegetable oils, in their diet. Borage seed oil and evening primrose oil are also good sources of omega-6.

Add these omega-3-rich foods to your diet to combat dry skin:

  • Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, anchovies and sardines
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Eggs fortified with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Grass-fed beef

Vitamin C

Vitamin C promotes the synthesis of collagen and barrier lipids. One study found that higher intake of dietary vitamin C correlated with a decreased risk of dry skin and wrinkling. Add these vitamin C-rich foods to your diet:

  • Bell peppers (yellow, red, green)
  • Guava
  • Dark green leafy vegetables (kale, turnip greens, swiss chard, spinach)
  • Kiwi
  • Broccoli
  • Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)
  • Citrus fruit (grapefruit, oranges, lemons)
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Papaya

Best Foods for Dry Skin

Topical application of fatty acids is another effective means of delivering essential fatty acids to the skin. Skinfuse RESCUE Calming Complex contains borrago officinalis seed oil (aka borage seed oil) and other ingredients that may help to support barrier repair and renewal after the SkinPen micro-needling procedure. Skinfuse RECLAIM Hydrating Support contains ceramides 1+3+6, cholesterol, fatty acids and phytosphingosine complex and other ingredients that also may assist in restoring the skin’s natural barrier function.

Contact your SkinPen provider to learn how the Skinfuse post micro-needling protocol complements good nutrition to improve your skin’s health and appearance.