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How to Avoid Dry Skin: 8 Hydrating Foods to Try This Season

Aria Novitasari, Nutritionist – Member, Dietetic Advisory Board and Outer Nutrition Advisory Board January 23, 2024

Letting your body become dehydrated is one of the fastest ways to get dry skin. These conditions occur because the skin contains around 30 percent of water, which contributes to its plumpness, elasticity and resiliency. A well-hydrated skin can help promote healthy-looking skin.

There are many different ways to ensure your skin is well hydrated, such as using the right skin care products for your skin type and consuming foods that support skin health.

If your skin looks dry, flaky or irritated, it may be time to take a moment to evaluate your hydration and eating habits.

8 Water-Rich Foods to Try This Season

Every day, make sure you drink at least eight glasses of fluids, which include beverages such as tea, milk and coffee. Your skin will also thank you if you eat a diet rich in antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E.

Wondering where to get started? Here’s a list of water-rich foods you can try this season:

1. Watermelon

Watermelon is a fruit high in water content (more than 90 percent) and contains minerals and phytochemicals such as lycopene, vitamin C and beta-carotene – all of which can support skin health. In fact, compared to tomatoes, strawberries or guavas, watermelon offers a good number of antioxidants. You can enjoy watermelon year-round as a snack or blend it with other ingredients for a delicious, refreshing smoothie.

2. Orange

Fruits come in a variety of flavors, like sweet or sour, and they also have different textures. Oranges are always good to have on your grocery list or your fruit bowl at home. Like watermelons, they contain a lot of water (80 to 89 percent) as well as vitamin C. You can take oranges anywhere and even peel them without a knife.

3.  Vegetables

Our parents often tell us to eat our vegetables, but did you know that veggies also contribute to our skin’s health? Certain vegetables have high water content, such as spinach (90 to 99 percent) and carrots and broccoli (80 to 89 percent). Try incorporating these into your everyday meals.

4. Yogurts

Has it ever crossed your mind that in addition to supporting your digestive health, yogurt also contributes to your fluid intake? One portion of yogurt contains around 80 to 89 percent water.

5. Pickles

Pickles are usually seen as a relish to complement a meal and as flavor enhancers. Did you know that they also contribute to the overall water content of your food? Pickles contain more than 90 percent water. This volume comes from the fermentation process that often includes adding other forms of liquid and seasonings to help maintain or increase its water content.

6. Fruit and vegetable salads

Establish a new habit, such as serving salads as appetizers before your main course. You can try a fruit salad, vegetable salad or a combination of both. In addition to improving your appetite, salads that contain fresh fruits and vegetables also contribute to your fluid intake. In fact, lettuce, commonly used in salads, contains more than 90 percent water.

7. Soups

Soup is another appetizer you can add to your meals. A bowl of warm soup before dinner could help ease your digestive system, making it ready to receive the main course.

8. Smoothies or Protein Shakes

Shakes are a great, convenient way to improve your fluid intake. You can customize them depending on your taste, so if your favorite fruit is not on this list, you can blend your own ingredients and even add protein powder. Many fruits are not only high in water content, but they also provide fiber.

If you haven’t done so, try an exotic, tropical fruit at least once. Durian is a local favorite in Southeast Asia that provides vitamins C and B and lots of potassium.

Aria Novitasari is a nutritionist and member of the Dietetic Advisory Board and Outer Nutrition Advisory Board. She has been a product trainer at Herbalife Indonesia since 2014, helping train Herbalife Independent Distributors and Members on the importance of nutrition. She earned her master's in nutrition and public health at the University of Indonesia, Faculty of Public Health.