Destroy Dry, Itchy, Winter Skin With The Remedies in Your Kitchen

by Dr. Mercola

Dry Skin—a Sign of Omega-3 Deficiency

Your skin is an outer reflection of your insides, so your diet is a potent ally against most skin problems.


When it comes to dry, flaky skin, animal-based omega-3 fat, such as krill oil, can play a very important role.

Besides drinking plenty of water, it may be one of the best ways to hydrate your skin from the inside out.


In fact, one reliable way to evaluate your omega-3 status is to take a close look at your hands. If they’re smooth and soft, you’re probably getting enough omega-3 fat in your diet.

If they’re not, or if other areas of your skin are dry, flaking or cracked, there is a good chance you need to increase your omega-3 intake.

Omega-3 fats help to normalize your skin fats and prevent dehydration in your cells. This keeps your skin cells strong and full of moisture, which can help to decrease the appearance of fine lines.


Omega-3 fats can also help calm irritated skin, giving you a clearer, smoother complexion courtesy of its anti-inflammatory activity.

So, as a first step, if you struggle with dry skin, make sure you are taking enough omega-3 fats. In the colder dry winter months, you may need to increase your dose.