indexWhen dry skin appears, the first place most people look for solutions is the beauty aisle in your local drug store or supermarket. But did you know, you need not look further than the food you eat?

Did you know that all you really need to do is shop the supermarket aisles?

Research now shows that the foods you put in your body are as vital as the products you put on it.

“It’s definitely true that diet can play an important role in all skin conditions – not just helping combat wrinkles and lines, but other skin problems as well, including acne, eczema, psoriasis – even dry flaking or very oily skin,” says biochemist Elaine Linker, PHD, co-founder of DDF skin care.

Omega-3 fatty acids are among the must-have foods for maintaining healthy skin. These fatty acids are the “good fats” that have been credited with increasing heart health as well as helping your skin look healthier. Foods like seafood, especially tuna and salmon, as well as walnuts, canola oil and flax seed are among foods that are highest on omega-3 fatty acids.

Ann Yelmokas McDermott, PhD, a nutritionist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston says, “These fatty acids are responsible for the health of the cell membrane, which is not only what acts as the barrier to things that are harmful, but also the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell.”

The cell membrane influences the cells’ ability to hold water, which yields moister, softer, more subtle and more wrinkle-free skin.

So, if you’re looking for healthier looking skin, try changing your diet and adding more Omega-3 fatty acids.