Just as high cholesterol or blood pressure are indicative of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, did you know that dry, blemished skin can also indicate malnutrition? It’s true, and one of the secondary benefits you may notice by the end of this challenge is a noticeable improvement in the tone of the biggest organ of your body â€“ your skin! Here are five foods for dry skin improvement on the 6-Week Challenge:
6 Week Challenge – Five Foods for Dry Skin
- Wild fish â€“ Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, consuming wild fish, especially cold water fish, can help â€œcool downâ€ visible skin inflammation. Good sources are salmon and tuna.
- Sweet Potato â€“ Contains plenty of Vitamin A and antioxidants responsible for repairing tissue damage.
- Cucumber â€“ With the skin, cucumbers are also rich in vitamin A and vitamin C which both help with skin repair. Our connective tissues will also benefit from the silica (a mineral) content, as well as increasing skin elasticity and moisture.
- Coconut Oil â€“ Used for cooking, coconut oil can help improve your skin’s moisture. It’s a healthy fat but high in calories, so take it easy on this one and use extreme moderation.
- Avocado â€“ Avocados are rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, which speed up cell regeneration. Avocados contain monounsaturated fats which keep your skin moisturized and reduce inflammation. Challengers, you’re allowed half an avocado on training days, or instead of coconut oil, you can cook with avocado oil or make your own salad dressing.
You signed up for the challenge to lose 20 lbs, but chances are, you’re going to notice more than just pounds falling off. You’ll likely be consuming lots of these foods for dry skin, so don’t be surprised when people start to notice your â€œglow.â€ Be sure you’re drinking your gallon of water too, which helps combat dehydration!