You know what they say – you’re only as good as the food you eat. As much as you want to believe that beauty from within is a cliche, it does stand true when it comes to your skin. The secret fix? Adjusting your diet! It’s no surprise that food and beauty go hand-in-hand, and the road to radiant, nourished skin begins with tweaking your food habits a little. Most importantly, why spend a fortune on skincare when you could get all of it by just embracing a healthier diet. Not to mention, it is a long-term solution to all of your skin worries.
Treat your skin nicely by optimising the nutrients you consume – a healthy mix of antioxidants, healthy fats, nuts, and micro-ingredients like zinc, vitamin C and E and other minerals. That said, we’ve made a quick list of 10 super rewarding foods for your skin.
One of the most nutrient-dense foods, avocados pack a lot of goodness for both your skin and hair. Loaded with healthy fats, vitamin C and E as well as biotin, this superfood will help your skin stay moisturised and firm. Also, the presence of biotin helps you avoid skin conditions like rashes and acne and promotes healthy skin.
Probably one of the most budget-friendly ways of achieving radiant skin, oranges are your best friends when you start your skincare journey. A great source of vitamin C, oranges help boost collagen production in your body that is responsible for adding glow to your skin. In fact, a lot of your skincare products are infused with orange extracts to reduce blemishes and promote radiant skin.
Popularly known as superfoods for the umpteen amount of benefits they carry, berries top the charts when it comes to achieving healthy and glowy skin. Perhaps one of the richest sources of antioxidants, blueberries, grapes, acai berries and cranberries aid in controlling free radicals that cause skin damage and fasten ageing. In fact, studies show that regular consumption of berries has helped to fight ageing and wrinkles and promote a radiant complexion.
While most of us picked up on the green tea habit hoping to reduce weight, (not a good idea though) most of us forget the wonders it can do for the skin. Green tea is said to fight against external stressors while slowing the ageing process. Additionally, its antioxidant properties and catechin compounds fight inflammation, increase elasticity and protect the skin from damage.
I’m sure every one of us woke to a handful of nuts forced down our hands by our mothers, and rightly so! Packed with healthy vitamins and minerals, almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts and other such foods are your best friends for life. Not only do they make your skin smooth and supple but also add a radiant glow to your face. Moreover, they are a rich source of zinc, copper, vitamin C, E and A among others that help fight most of your skin woes. Yay to healthy skin!
Nutritionists (and seafood lovers) have loved salmon for its myriad health benefits. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and collagen, salmon helps reduce inflammation, helps against redness and acne and also helps the skin against harmful UV rays. Additionally, it is also a rich source of protein that helps in maintaining the integrity of your skin.
Garlic has been used medically for centuries now. Rich in a compound called allicin, garlic has antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help reduce swelling and inflammation and aid blood circulation. Besides, garlic is also known to battle acne and potentially help against minor skin infections.
You’re surely aware how irresistible the desire to have coffee is, but do you know it is also a bomb tan removal agent? Well, most of the internet is going gaga over coffee used as a scrub and we can’t agree more. Coffee helps in not just removing tan but also increases the blood flow and tackles pigmentation issues. It helps in getting rid of dark spots easily. With its powerful antioxidant properties, it helps combat sun damage effectively. Here’s a coffee face pack for tan removal, just the thing you need right now. Find below steps on how you can DIY it at home.
Nothing about this simple food product is simple! Rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, eggs nourish your skin from the inside out. These antioxidant compounds provide hydration and elasticity to your skin while the high protein content in eggs helps to repair tissues and firm skin.
Yeah, you read that right! And while you’re still here, get yourself a glass of water, we’ll wait! Drinking enough water is the simplest, most inexpensive and THE most effective way to get glowing skin. Your skin needs moisture to stay supple and any shortfall could lead to dry, tired and dull skin. Make sure you have AT LEAST 6 to 8 glasses of water every day, more if you sweat or exercise a lot. You could also play around with it and infuse your water with lemon/cucumber slices, mint leaves or add a few apple slices to your bottle.
All of this and a healthy diet will positively change the way your skin looks and feels. While you’re at it, try to restrain your consumption of caffeine, nicotine or other stimulants. That said, don’t expect an overnight miracle. Just like every other organic change, it takes at least 6 to 8 weeks for your body to start reflecting the changes on your skin.
Happy eating to you!