10 Foods That Double as Moisturizers

Moisturizing ensures that your skin retains the water it needs to prevent dryness and flakiness. While drugstore finds can be a quick (though pricy) solution, some of your favorite snacks actually do double duty as the perfect moisturizers.  Skin is an organ, so it needs nutrients to maintain its health. Certain foods can help skin get the nourishment it needs thanks to their high vitamin and antioxidant content.

Dr. Oz explains that lutein, found in abundance in eggs and dark leafy greens like kale, collard greens, spinach and Swiss chard, is a nutrient that decreases the risk of wrinkles. Lutein also helps to promote skin elasticity and prevent dryness. We’ve all heard about the benefits of antioxidants — the natural chemicals found in plants that help protect the body from free radical damage and premature aging. Fruits and veggies are full of them. Red or pink foods like watermelon, strawberries, and juicy tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C, which help to promote collagen production to keep skin supple. Nuts and seeds are superfoods with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fats, minerals, and vitamins like A, B, and E, which all help to hydrate skin and promote elasticity. Omega-3s actually maintain the cell membrane of the skin, allowing water and nutrients to penetrate and hydrate.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of nature’s organic sunscreens. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, and contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that make it an ideal anti-aging moisturizer. It actually penetrates the skin and hydrates deep into skin’s tissue making it more productive than anything you might buy in the pharmacy.

Avocados have long been considered one of nature’s healthiest foods. They are rich in potassium (they actually have more than bananas), and vitamins A, E, and B. Combine these properties with avocado’s rich folate levels — which aid in blood formation — and you have one great moisturizer. The oils in avocadoes actually trigger the production of collagen, so whether you’re eating it or rubbing it on raw, avocados will give you a great glow.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera an edible and medicinal plant that is part of the same species that onions and garlic belong to. It is actually 99% water, making it a great moisturizer that also helps to clear up skin thanks to its antiseptic qualities. It’s a common ingredient in organic skin clearing remedies and can be added to juices or smoothies to be consumed, or spread directly on the skin.

Papaya is a delicious tropical fruit that contains restorative antioxidants, nutrients, and natural enzymes that help to moisturize skin and keep it hydrated. Papayas are rich in papain, an enzyme that helps nourish and rejuvenate dry skin.

Olive Oil
Olives are one of the most mineral- and calcium-rich foods you can find. They are an abundant source of beneficial omega fatty acids and unsaturated oils. Olive oil contains one in particular called squalene, which is a natural moisturizer that penetrates and smoothes skin quickly.

Legend has it that the secret to Cleopatra’s bright, baby-like skin was her honey facial. Raw honey is rich in antioxidants and its antibacterial properties help to clear skin while hydrating. Honey can clarify skin, unclog pores, and leave your skin with a dewy glow.

Full-Fat Milk
Milk baths have been around for centuries. Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed in milk daily. Milk hydrates and replenishes skin’s nutrients. Full-fat cow's milk is great, but if you’ve got access to it, full-fat goat’s milk has a pH level that is closer to skin’s natural level, so skin absorbs it more abundantly.

Salmon is a superfood that works to moisturize your skin from the inside out. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can help reduce inflammation, unclog pores, avert wrinkles, and hydrate skin so that it is plump and youthful looking.

One kiwi packs more vitamin C per ounce than practically any other fruit. Vitamin C is essential in maintaining collagen in skin. Collagen — a major keyword in drugstore moisturizers — helps to keep skin firm. Kiwi is also rich in Vitamin E, which helps to smooth and brighten tired skin.

Plain Yogurt
Yogurt is rich in protein, vitamin D, probiotics, and most importantly, lactic acid. Lactic acid is a powerhouse nutrient and natural alpha hydroxy acid that helps to smooth out rough and dry skin while replenishing moisture.