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How To Get Great Skin – Naturally

Want that beautiful glow on your skin? Want to go natural? Expert Dr. Apratim Goel, cosmetic dermatologist, Cutis Laser and Skin
Clinic, shows you why you need look no further than your kitchen for youthful, radiant skin.

Whether it’s under eye circles, pigmentation, wrinkles, dry skin, tans or a host of other, going back to the basics is a good place to start for skin care routine. What you eat ultimately is reflected on your representation to the world – your face!

ORANGES, TOMATOES, AMLA

Benefits: “Oranges contain Vitamin C which is most essential to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. This vitamin helps in preventing wrinkles by producing collagen in the skin. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, collagen is responsible for your skin being “elastic” and that means less wrinkles. Eat one whole fruit (not just juice) everyday, regularly for beneficial effects.”

OATMEAL, WHOLE-WHEAT BREAD

Benefits: “Vitamin E is a natural anti-oxidant that helps protect the skin against harm done by pollution and too much sun. Oatmeal face scrubs are popular because oatmeal is a natural exfoliant. With its fiber content, it also contains Vitamin E. Oat is a very good moisturizer for the skin.”

CARROTS, BEET ROOTS

Benefits: “Vitamin A is also known as an anti-oxidant. And the best source is carrots. You can also try squash and beet roots. Vitamin A helps regularize the skin cell renewal and hence its regular consumption helps you get a smooth, soft and supple skin.”

PAPAYAS

Benefits: “Apart from being a low-calorie fruit, papayas filled with the goodness of carotenoids releasing vitamin A. They have an anti oxidant effect and help in maintaining younger looking skin. One bowl ( apx. 200- 250 grams ) of fruit a day is enough.”

SUNFLOWER SEEDS

Benefits: “Sunflower seeds contain essential fatty acids which help skin secrete natural oils that lubricate it and prevent water loss. This helps keep skin soft and supple, improve hair texture and reduce blackhead formation. Take three teaspoons twice a week or use sunflower oil to cook your food in.”

GREEN TEA

Benefits: Green Tea is a global favourite being loaded with flavonoids and antioxidants. They prevent skin from UV rays and free radical chemicals in the atmosphere, prevent wrinkle formation and remove blemishes from the skin. Take Green tea (without milk) boiled in hot water twice a day to enjoy the beneficial effects. It is very good for combating the changes in skin during menopause.

ALOE VERA

Benefits: “It is considered a miracle plant with multifarious positive effects on the human body. The juice of this plant is very beneficial for patchy irritated skin; helps prevent acne and skin pigmentation. Simply take 30-40 ml of juice daily for better skin. However do not extract juice from raw pulp but take the juice available at chemists in pre-packaged form. Raw pulp if ingested without processing can contain some harmful ingredients which may cause stomach upsets and more.

BLUEBERRIES AND PURPLE GRAPES

Benefits: These purple foods have gained popularity lately due to their anti-aging properties and their use in the cosmetic industry. Purple food can prevent breakdown of collagen and slow the wasting of muscles. Not only are these foods used for consumption orally to delay signs of aging, purple grapes, grape seed oil and red wines are used popularly for the skin and aesthetic spa treatments. Popularized as vinotherapy, the science behind the therapy is that the polyphenols found in grape seeds, help regenerate the collagen and elastin in the skin, thus the anti aging effect. It also causes the repair of the tissue damage.
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