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By Dr Jessica Wu

Do you have dry, itchy patches on your body? Do your legs look lizard-y? Now that temeratures are falling, many of us are spending more time in dry indoor heat, which means our skin is suffering. In addition to using body lotion to soothe your skin on the outside, it also helps to eat the right foods. Here’s how to lubricate from within:

Try hemp. Hempseed oil is pressed from the seeds of non-drug varieties of cannabis, which means it doesn’t contain THC, the hallucinogenic found in marijuana. (So, no, I’m not giving you an excuse to get high.) It is packed, however, with protein and anti-inflammatory omega-3s. Studies have shown that dietary hempseed oil may improve hydration, itching, and dryness. Try it on salads (in place of olive oil) or mixed into hummus or smoothies. Just remember that hempseed oil must be refrigerated, and it’s not meant to be cooked, so you can’t use it to sauté your veggies.

Go fishing. Oily fish like salmon and trout are rich in a specific type of omega-3 fatty acid called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which has been shown to help relieve dryness and itching. If you’re a vegetarian, you can swap the fish for an algae oil supplement.

Drink up. You might not feel as thirsty as you do when the weather’s warm, but it’s just as important to stay hydrated. In fact, you can lose more water through your skin in the winter than you do by sweating in the summer. Get your fluids through water, juice, caffeine-free tea and coffee, and soup.


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