10 foods that double as moisturizers

The secret to healthy skin just might be hiding in your kitchen.
Copyright © 2014 Spanfeller Media Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Daily Meal® is a registered trademark of Spanfeller Media Group, Inc.  // Copyright © 2014 Spanfeller Media Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Daily Meal® is a registered trademark of Spanfeller Media Group, Inc.

As any supermodel will tell you, the key to great skin is to moisturize. Moisturizing ensures that your skin retains the water it needs to prevent dryness and flakiness. While drugstore finds can be a quick (though pricey) solution, some of your favorite snacks actually do double duty as the perfect moisturizers. So before you splurge on that three-figure moisturizer, open your fridge and turn your kitchen into a spa.

1 of 12 A woman applying lotion to her face

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.

More: 50 unsuspected uses for coconut oil

2 of 12 Courtesy of The Daily Meal

Avocado

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.

More: 10 healthy reasons why you should eat avocados

3 of 12 Courtesy of The Daily Meal

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is an edible and medicinal plant that is part of the same species that onions and garlic belong to. It is actually 99 percent 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.

More: Aloe, coconut water and healthy drinks around the world

4 of 12 Courtesy of The Daily Meal

Papaya

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.

5 of 12 Courtesy of The Daily Meal

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.

More: 10 reasons why olive oil is good for you

6 of 12 Courtesy of The Daily Meal

Honey

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.

7 of 12 Courtesy of The Daily Meal

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.

More: 8 reasons skim milk is unhealthier than 2 percent or whole

8 of 12 Courtesy of The Daily Meal

Salmon

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.

9 of 12 Courtesy of The Daily Meal

Kiwi

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.

10 of 12 Courtesy of The Daily Meal