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Do you suffer from dry skin?  Do you pile on the makeup to cover up dry, patchy spots on your face?  Well, lucky for you there is a simple solution for that dilemma.  You don’t need to buy expensive potions amd lotions to get great looking skin.  There are four elements that you need to include in your diet.  And notice I said diet, not pills or capsules.  Your body absorbs nutients better when they are included in the foods you eat as opposed to taking dietary supplements.

First off, it is imperative that you drink plenty of water.  Water ensures that our skin, even at the cellular level, stays hydrated.  Hydration makes your skin appear healthier and supple.  Be sure to also “eat” your water, too.  This means including raw fruits and vegetables in your diet.  Some fruits that have a high water content are watermelon, canteloupes, apples, and cucumbers.

Next up are omega-3 fatty acids.  They help to keep your skin lubricated.  Certain types of fish such as salmon, canola oil, and flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Niacin, which is a B vitamin helps to strengthen your skin’s barrier by keeping the cells hydrated and acting as an anti-inflammatory.  This is important because once the skin’s barrier has been depleted, it causes the cell’s to dry out.  Without that protective barrier, bacteria and other harmful elements can make their way into the cell more easily, which causes a inflammatory response.  Inflammation equals redness and irritation.  No bueno.  You can find niacin in many foods including pork chops, wheat flour (bread), chicken, and tuna.

Another goodie is biotin.  Biotin is commonly taken to improve the appearance and help in growing healthier hair, skin, and nails.  However, biotin can also speed up skin-cell turnover, which works wonders for your complexion.  Cook up some eggs, salmon, and make guacamole with avocados to get your daily dose of biotin.

Make these four additions to your daily diet and you’ll be on the road to pretty, healthy skin in no time.

Remember ladies, to keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out.