Want that beautiful glow on your skin? Want to go natural? Dr Apratim Goel, cosmetic dermatologist, Cutis Laser and Skin Clinic, shows you why you need to 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 skincare routine. What you eat ultimately is reflected in your face!
Oranges, Tomatoes, And Amla
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 fewer wrinkles. Eat one whole fruit (not just juice) every day, regularly for beneficial effects.
Oatmeal And Whole-Wheat Bread
Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant 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 fibre content, it also contains Vitamin E. Oat is a very good moisturizer for the skin.
Carrots And Beetroots
Vitamin A is also known as an anti-oxidant. And the best source is the carrot. You can also try squash and beetroots.
Vitamin A helps regularize the skin cell renewal and hence its regular consumption helps you get a smooth, soft and supple skin.
Apart from being a low-calorie fruit, papayas filled with the goodness of carotenoids releasing vitamin A.
They have an antioxidant effect and help in maintaining younger-looking skin. One bowl ( approx. 200- 250 grams ) of fruit a day is enough.
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 is a global favourite being loaded with flavonoids and antioxidants. They protect 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 the skin during menopause.
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
These purple foods have gained popularity lately due to their anti-ageing properties and their use in the cosmetic industry. Purple food can prevent the breakdown of collagen and slow the wasting of muscles.
Not only are these foods used for consumption orally to delay signs of ageing, 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-ageing effect. It also causes the repair of the tissue damage.
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