4 Hydrating, Healthy Skin Tips
Hydrated skin can be challenging to maintain during the colder months of the year, but it can be especially difficult if you suffer from diabetes.
There are a variety of ways you can retain that essential skin moisture you need to stay touchable, and comfortable during these chilly months.
Here are a few tips to help keep your skin soft, and supple this Fall season:
1. Eat for Hydration
Foods that add water to your diet nourish your skin from the inside out. While staying hydrated means that you’ll need to drink the recommended 8-10 8oz glasses of water a day, you can also increase your water intake by consuming water-dense foods like watermelon, apples, tomatoes, pineapple, strawberries, cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers and other fruits and veggies. Since these foods typically contain 80% water or higher, they can help restore skin’s moisture.
Diabetic dry skin is often caused by blood sugar spikes. Here is a delicious smoothie recipe that helps keep blood sugar levels steady, and contains ingredients that help nourish dry skin.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/3 cup of blueberries
- 1/3 cup of strawberries
- 1/2 cup of kale leaves (stalks removed)
- 1/4 of a cup of almond milk
- 1 Tbsp of ground flax seed
- 1 Tbsp of hemp powder
- 1 Tbsp of chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp of acai powder
- 1 Tsp of cinnamon
Place all the ingredients in a blender, and then blend until you reach the desired consistency. Depending how you like your smoothie you can add water to taste. Sprinkle with extra chia seeds, or hemp seed shells to add a satisfying crunch.
2. Treat Dry Skin Topically
Topical treatments for dry skin don’t have to be expensive. You can actually use oils that double as internal skin hydrators like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and hemp seed oil. These oils contain natural fats that promote healthy, supple skin and include unique nutrients that support the healthy function of skin cells, so you can stave off dryness for good! Add them to DIY lotions and salves, or just include them in your daily cooking to increase your consumption of essential fats to keep skin cells healthy.
3. Dietary Supplements
Since many people with diabetes suffer from complications that cause dry skin, taking a dietary supplement that improves circulation can help reduce dryness, and itching. Ginko Bilboa, vitamin C, garlic, and omega supplements, can help improve circulation.
4. Soak it Up!
A relaxing soak in warm water, that contains a carrier oil like jojoba can also help moisturize dry, irritated skin. Those stubborn areas like the heels of your feet, elbows and other areas can benefit by a long soak in a warm bath that includes a few drops of a fragrant essential oil like lavender, or peppermint. Try this natural remedy to ease dryness, irritation and stress.
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