Have you been spending load on creams, lotions, facials, etc. for that evasive perfect no-blemish glow on your skin? Eating a balanced diet is the best way to get your supply of good food for healthy skin. Still, a number of specific skin treats are more likely than others to give a boost of glowing good health to your complexion and of course that much needed admiration. If you want truly gorgeous skin, we suggest you try some of these food items:
Their high Vitamin C content, apart from adding that glow to the outer layer of your skin, also reduces the rate at which skin ages. The mild bleaching action of the citrus fruit juices helps in reducing skin pigmentation. They are also widely available and affordable. Have freshly made lemonade, whole oranges and sweet lime (mosambi) or add them to salads. Try and avoid readymade juices as they have huge amounts of unwanted sugar in them.
They are rich in Vitamin E which is the most important antioxidant required for your skin. It protects your skin from damage and premature aging of the facial tissues. The best way to relish nuts and preserve all the health benefits is to eat them raw, unsalted, with the skins. Of course you can also add sliced almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts on salad or cereals. Even better you can eat them raw for a snack.
The anti-inflammatory properties found in in green tea are simply unbelievable. Counted among the healthiest of all drinks green tea helps prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer as well. So fill a big thermos with green tea in the morning, and sip it all day — hot at first, over ice later, if you like. Start today, and continue drinking green tea every day for the rest of the week.
Yoghurt has many healthy enzymes and adds natural oils to the skin. It can diminish pore size, a frequent nuisance for the skin, and can improve the overall skin texture, besides adding a healthy glow to your skin. To make yoghurt a staple in your daily diet we recommend you replace mayonnaise and salad dressings with yoghurt or try replacing ice cream and milkshake with frozen yogurt and mixed fruit yoghurt smoothie.
Berries help the body manufacture collagen which makes the skin supple and smooth. Berries (especially blueberries) are loaded with antioxidant compounds that are very effective in neutralizing damaging free radicals caused by excessive UV exposure or from other sources. Rather than relying upon berries in baked desserts eating raw berries is recommended-because, like other fruits, raw berries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits.
They are rich in vitamin E which prevents free radical damage to the skin. They also contain copper which is necessary for the production of a certain type of antioxidants that protects the skin. Readily available in your kirana shop, you can start using it in your daily meals effortlessly. Add crunchy, roasted sesame seeds to steamed vegetables or paneer, or to sautéed or chicken curries. You can even add it to noodles, pasta or just use it as salad dressing. You can even add sesame seeds to dishes like dhoklas, kachoris or dal wadas or sprinkle it over various veggies like til bhindi or dum aloo.
For the ultimate anti-ageing, wrinkle fighting boost, adding vegetables high in vitamin C, like carrots in your diet can greatly enhance its potential to protect and improve your skin. They are high in beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for healthy skin.
Indian Gooseberry (Aamla)
It has an incredibly high content of Vitamin C is incredibly beneficial for the complexion and can clean skin tissues of all kind of toxins. It also supports the immune system and moisturizes the skin all at the same time. You’ll find it at any local fruit seller. You can make amurabba [sugar syrup preparation] with either whole fruits or grated amla. You could also make an amla pickle that is tangy and spicy. In case you prefer a drink, you can choose Amlana, which is a cool appetizer, or an amla-ginger punch.
While the exact amount you should drink each day varies, no one disputes the role good hydration plays in keeping skin looking healthy and even young. When that hydration comes from pure, clean water – not liquids such as soda or even soups – experts say skin cells rejoice.
Try incorporating at least a few, if not all of these healthy potions in your daily meal and within a few days, you will certainly realize the difference, especially when others compliment.First Published: Feb 16, 2012 at 6:45 AM