Break the trend of itchy, rough, dry skin with these 8 delicious foods and cookbooks


How much do you spend on moisturizers and toners annually? Most of us probably don’t even want to acknowledge that number. By continuous nonhealthy eating, we are unknowingly programming our skin to need more products to normalize and fix all of the issues stemming from our diet. The truth is, outside reflects inside; the better you eat, the better you feel, and the more radiant, moisturized, and vibrant you look. In this post we will tackle skin dryness specifically with 8 foods you can eat to reduce it over time. Also, at the end there are 3 recommended natural remedy and recipe books that can help you get a running start with a complete natural self-sustaining skin care routine.

  • Nuts

The Omega 3 Fatty Acids present in these foods contribute to skin’s ability to renew cells and strengthen cell walls so that moisture cannot escape easily. Vitamin E specifically also works with skin to create collagen and to protect skin from sun damage, an often direct cause of skin dryness and damage.

Great ways to eat:

  1. Trail Mix
  2. Sprinkle in Salads
  3. Nut snack bags/tins
  • Cruciferous Greens

The massive power of antioxidants within these greens blasts away free radicals and increases skins immunity. By doing this the skin can brighten, seal itself, and hold moisture better; decreasing the frequency of dry patches and cracking.

Great ways to eat:

  1. Salads
  2. Pasta Salads
  3. Green Cole Slaw
  • Citrus Fruit

Vitamin C is key in skin elasticity and collagen production. In these fruits, not only is a lot of Vitamin C present, but there is also an abundance of antioxidants. These antioxidants remove toxins and blockages in the skin, allowing skin to heal and become more smooth and resilient. This internal health causes skin to maintain moisture and brighten over time.

Great ways to eat:

  1. Slices in Salads
  2. Slices with breakfast
  3. Citrus juices (natural, organic, and not pumped with sugar)
  • Oatmeal

The abundance of fiber solidifies its place on this list. Fiber is phenomenal at getting the body to properly rectify imbalance issues within different body systems, and skin health is no exception. By supercharging and cleaning the large and small intestine, the body can better filter out toxins and bacteria that attack the skin that cause it do become dry and unclear.

Great ways to eat this:

  1. Morning breakfast
  2. Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
  3. Overnight Oats
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  • Cucumbers

High quantities of Vitamin A and Vitamin C are key agents in fighting skin dryness by encouraging cell rejuvenation and smoothness. Also this food has almost the highest water content of any solid food. The high water content in this food will hydrate the body consistently also, making skin more moisturized.

Great ways to eat this:

  1. Plain in slices
  2. Sliced Sprinkled with salt
  3. Sliced into a salad
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  • Carrots

Once again Vitamin C saves the day with this one. Vitamin C, as we spoke about above is key in collagen production, and it is super abundant in this food. More collagen production equals more moisture retention and the ability for skin to receive moisture from lotions, oils, etc. Fibroblasts, which are cell types responsible for skin resilience, have been shown to greatly increase with the ingestion of Carrots.

Great ways to eat this:

  1. Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad
  2. Carrot Chips   
  3. Glazed Carrot 
  • Avocado

This food is a power blend of healthy fats, protein, and vitamins that we get enough of. 😊 Not only are the fats great, but the proteins present in this food do a great amount of help in cell rejuvenation and providing the body with building blocks to make its own natural moisturizing agents.

Great Ways to Eat this:

  1. Avocade Ceasar Salad
  2. Spread on Toast       
  3. Avocado Hummus    
  • Sweet Potato

This tasty versatile food has lots of Beta Carotene, a component of Vitamin A, which is key in preventing skin dryness and damage. After eating this wonder-food consistently, even for days, in several studies it has made skin more supple, more radiant, and more firm; all characteristics of skin that is well moisturized and healthy.

Great ways to Eat:

  1. Mashed Sweet Potatoes        
  2. Sweet Potato Fries   
  3. Vegan Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese
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Dedicated Cookbooks

If you’re looking for specific diet plan, or set of more consistent recipes you can try these cookbooks below:

Glow: The Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin

This book provides long term solutions in an easily digestible format! The comprehensive knowledge in this book in readable and not overwhelming, it can virtually work for anyone. It not only improves the look and feel of skin, but also does wonders for increasing your overall health. It’s great for detoxifying the body specifically, even though its not for that. Two birds, meet your one stone.

Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book

For the herbonauts like me, yes I made up that word, this book is gold. This book is a very detailed encyclopedia-like resource that is filled to the brim with natural herbal recipes and remedies. This is definitely a ‘from scratch’ type of book. This timeless reference book can be used to create herbal recipes for every part of your skin care routine that you can make in bulk and share with your friends and family. This completely lives up to the massively good reputation of Herbal Academy.

Eat Beautiful: Food and Recipes to Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out: A Cookbook

This particular book is written by a former makeup artist, so you can expect this perspective to be a must-read one. Offered in this book are whole natural ingredients that can revolutionize the health of your skin, as well as your entire body. Recommended and vouched for by business mogul superstar Victoria Beckham, this book is a bestseller and an invaluable resource to any natural health collection.


With the 8 foods listed above, and the book recipe references, you can simply eat your way to radiant, moisturized, and firm skin without breaking your wallet.

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Mareka Belcher

Founded by Mareka Belcher an independent freelance entrepreneur and student out to help others find their own wellness and balance.

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