The second phase of winter has arrived with all the usual bells and whistles— unfortunately, dry, flaky skin can be one of the most distracting things of all as we head into February. When it comes to taking care of your skin for the winter, ideas and tips for moisturizing can be found all over the place. We feel that the best way to attain beautiful, moist skin is by working from the inside out. Knowing which foods to eat and what things to avoid can make all the difference between dry skin and a moist, radiant complexion. Water The best way to hydrate the skin is to increase the amount of water you consume—most people drink far too little water. The Mayo Clinic writes, “The AI [Institute of Medicine] for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.” Water is the miracle cure for dry skin that carries oxygen and nutrients from food to the body’s cells. If you need a reminder, consider setting your phone alarm to tell you to hydrate every couple of hours—annoying as it may seem to focus on drinking water every day, you will be glad that you did. Silica If you want skin that stays moist and always looks young and supple, add celery and cucumbers, both of which contain silica, to your diet. Silica boosts skins’ elasticity and helps keep it from drying out. Tip: add cucumbers to your water to create a subtle, delicious flavor, and add celery to smoothies or salads.