18 Food-Based Remedies For Dry Skin Slideshow

When your skin doesn't look its best, it can make you wish you could spend the day indoors. No one likes being visible with cracks, wrinkles, and blemishes marring their face. And during the cold weather, these ailments are more chronic than ever.

Don't let the chill air suck the moisture out of your skin — fight back with revitalizing foods and remedies. While there are many expensive, fancy products out there that claim to rejuvenate your drying skin for a hefty price, a simple trip to the produce aisle sounds less costly. And in some cases, it can be just as effective.

Your diet affects the look and feel of your skin because it helps supply your skin with the nutrients it needs to continue to glow. And by applying some of these foods on your skin topically, you can help moisturize with the nutrients and water in each one. Without costing you more than your usual grocery bill, these foods allow you to wage war on winter dryness.


Think of vitamin E as your front-line defense against skin damage — it's used by your skin for essential binding processes and uniquely nourishes your complexion. Almonds, which aren't actually nuts but fruits, can actively fight against skin dryness.

Aloe Vera

Even if you don't have a sunburn, you might want to consider adding a smear of aloe to your skincare routine. It's an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and can soothe even the most irritated of skin cells. The resulting calmness will even your skin tone and reduce overall redness.


It makes your pee smell bad but your skin look good. Eating more asparagus can help to even your complexion, infuse your skin with more hydration, and revitalize from the inside out. Pair it with lean protein like chicken or fish, or simply sauté it and add it into lemony, garlicky pasta.


Healthy fats are key for keeping your skin moisturized and feeling supple. When you don't get enough of the nutrient, your skin can become fragile and dry. Adding more avocados to your day could really only be a good idea, for this reason and 20 more.


It's bananas how cheap this face mask is — way better than those pricey chemical varieties you'll find at the store. Mashed up banana, a baby food favorite, is also a favorite for face masks. Simply allow the blend to sit on your face for 10 to 20 minutes and let the moisturizing commence.


It adds a dreamy creaminess to a rich casserole, but who ever really uses the whole carton? Transform your leftover buttermilk into a moisturizing bath by pouring it in the tub with warm water. The thick dairy product exfoliates and hydrates your skin with lactic acid and essential vitamins.

Coconut Oil

This one's multipurpose — you can eat it or smear it on your skin. It doesn't matter if you use it topically or in your food. Both will be beneficial and provide you with lasting moisture. In addition to being filled with fats you need from your diet, coconut oil is also anti-inflammatory.


Spas use slices of cool cucumber for more than just an aesthetic — they understand the moisturizing power of this hydrating plant. They're 94 percent water and 100 percent fantastic for curing dry skin, eyes, or chapped lips.


There's so much more to do with eggs than just scramble them. Each part of the egg serves a different purpose for your skin — and you can actually apply it to your face as a tonic for your skincare woes. For oily skin, use the egg whites. For dry skin, use the yolk. Got combination skin? Use both.

Lather the beaten egg on your skin and let it sit for 30 minutes. When you rinse it off, you'll unveil an even skin tone and the perfect level of moisture.

Greek Yogurt

Plain yogurt (not the sugary stuff) is a great facial moisturizer. Just rinse it off and feel the difference after your skin has been infused with the rich vitamins and proteins in the nutritious food. Eating yogurt is good for your skin, too — whether you eat it or lather it, the nutrition goes skin-deep.


According to some studies, people who eat enough vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less overall dryness to their skin than people who don't get their daily dose. Kale is a nutritious, versatile way to get a huge amount of the vitamin, alongside vitamin A — also helpful for skin hydration.

Olive Oil

A central aspect to the Mediterranean diet, olive oil has been praised for its beneficial qualities in all aspects of your health. But we bet you didn't know you could use it topically, as well as for your dip with soft sourdough. Simply apply some before you shower and rinse.


Rumored to be the most seductive fruit of them all, the pomegranate is bound to make your skin brighter. Its seeds are jam-packed with antioxidants; your skin, on the other hand, is often lacking these compounds during the winter months. Snack on the superfood, or add it in a zesty recipe.

Pumpkin Seeds

When you give your skin vitamin E, it thrives. The nutrient protects your skin from damage and inflammation. When you carve your jack-o-lantern for Halloween, keep the seeds and roast them. Not only do they make a tasty snack, but they're doing your skin a favor, too.

Sweet Potatoes

These healthy carbs are rich with beta-carotene and vitamin A. Together, they work to protect your skin from damage and strengthen it from the inside out. The added layer of protection holds in important moisture to keep your complexion looking hydrated and full.


These cute and compact citrus fruits are cooling and revitalizing for the skin. Your skin needs nutrients just like any other organ — and the vitamin-rich, energizing interior of a tangerine gives your face an extra-nourished glow. The vitamins and minerals in tangerines retain moisture — and make for a satisfying, sweet snack.


Anything that's made mostly with water is effective to hydrate your skin. The most hydrating substance of all is water — and by drinking enough of it, you can ward your dry skin away at the source. However, herbal infusions of tea can bolster your skin's hydration with healing properties. Rose and marigold in particular are healing blends for your skin's health.

Unsalted Butter

Ok, we know this sounds gross — and you'd probably rather save the butter for your bagel. But the moisturizing power of this fatty food is very real. You can use it on your skin or to apply to chapped lips. Don't go eating sticks of it in the name of skincare, though. Your diet will be better off with one of these skin-saving foods instead.