How to Eat Your Way to Dewier, More Hydrated Skin

We pick the brains of models day in and day out. We’re constantly prying into their medicine cabinets and kitchen cupboards, trying to uncover their elusive model secrets. We hear a lot about eating clean and avoiding sugar, but rarely do we hear diet tips from a model who also happens to have her degree in nutritional science.

That’s exactly what we found in Alicia Rountree. The Mauritian model (she’s got the island hair and bronzed glow to prove it) is also a certified nutritionist and a restaurateur (talk about putting your knowledge into practice, right?), and today she’s sharing her secrets with us.


With the winter months in full swing, we all notice a change in skin texture. This time of year can sometimes result in uncomfortable dry skin. Creams are great, but nourishment and moisture from the inside out can really help soothe your way through harsh weather temperatures. Below are my five favorite foods to help keep skin soft and moisturized.



Raw walnuts are a healthy powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They help combat free radicals that lead to skin damage and give that healthy, radiant glow we all are looking for. Walnuts also play a key role in keeping pimples at bay by acting as an anti-inflammatory.



Being nutrient-dense and high in monounsaturated fats, avocados help to keep skin supple. This creamy and versatile (and delicious!) fruit is rich in antioxidants as well as biotin, which is of the vitamin B family—essential for healthy skin. Avocados are also great applied directly as a face mask or hair mask for external hydration.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes

The beta carotene in sweet potatoes acts as a sun barrier (which is important even on winter days!). Being protected from the sun means more locked-in moisture. Also, the vitamin A in sweet potatoes promotes healthy skin reproduction to keep feeling renewed and fresh throughout the body.


A very hydrating vegetable made of 95% water, cucumber contains ascorbic acid, which helps with water retention; it pushes out toxins while boosting the body with hydration. Additionally, the high antioxidant and mineral levels assure that skin remains youthful. A good idea is to drink the juice of a cucumber—it will help promote weight loss (if you're looking to shed a few pounds). 



One of the oldest crops in the world, flaxseed lands at the top of my list for skin health because of the omega-3 fatty acids that make your skin flexible and moisturized by creating a good amount of sebum. It has been known to help with dry, flaky, itchy skin as well as skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea. Flaxseed oil applied topically is also great for skin elasticity.

On a last note, reduce salt intake and anything with preservatives or processed foods as these are generally dehydrating and will cause inflammation, leading to flaky skin.

Opening image: @tylauren

This post originally appeared on our sister site, Byrdie.

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