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Dry skin on hands, back and frontDry skin can be unsightly and uncomfortable. From itching to wrinkles, dry skin can be a major problem during the colder months of the year. Luckily, there is plenty of healthy, delicious food you can eat that helps with skin hydration and youthfulness. As our calendar shifts to autumn, be sure to adjust your diet to include these eight foods proven to hydrate skin.

  1. Fish – Any fish that’s chock full of omega-3 fatty acids is what you should add to your meal plan. These acids help the body retain moisture and strengthen the skin’s outer layers. Look for recipes that call for salmon, tuna or trout.
  2. Avocado – Rich in vitamins C and E, along with monounsaturated fats, this superfood is a great way to retain moisture in your skin. Top your finished meals with it, add it to toast, or make some guacamole and dig in.
  3. Olive Oil – Like avocado, olive oil is full of vitamin E and monounsaturated fats. Like fish, it has omega-3 fatty acids, as well. Adding it to your diet can protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays (don’t skip on the sunblock, though!) and helps fight dryness and eczema. It even has anti-inflammatory properties.
  4. Sweet Potato – Sweet potatoes are filled with beta-carotene and vitamin A to give your body nutrients it needs to prevent dry skin, repair tissue damage and prevent premature aging.
  5. Celery – This vegetable is full of silica to help boost your skin’s moisture and elasticity. Start adding it to your salads or smother some peanut butter on top for a quick snack.
  6. Bell Pepper – Another great ingredient for your salads is raw red or green bell pepper. These mild peppers are full of vitamin C, B6 and fiber: all the ingredients needed to prevent wrinkles and keep skin looking young and hydrated.
  7. Almonds – These nuts are full of antioxidants and monounsaturated fats to keep moisture locked into your skin. Eat a handful as a snack or add them to your fresh salads for a crunchy kick.
  8. Broccoli – This green veggie is full of vitamin C and E. It also has high levels of sulforophane to help your skin repair and protect itself.

With just a few adjustments to your diet, you can survive the dry days of winter and keep your skin looking healthy and glowing. Add in collagen peptides to your recipes and you’ve got a winning combination. What are some of your favorite snacks that promote healthy skin? Share with us in the comments below!