Nutrition: How To Get A Rich Natural Skin Glow
Our skin is our first line of defense against infections as it houses the totality of our organs. Its priority as an organ, is to protect our internal organs from external interference but how can we understand this amazing organ, in order to treat it right, care for it properly and keep it looking vibrant, lively and healthy?
Well, that is what this article is about
Surpana Trikha, a notable skin care expert once said “Your skin needs a boost from within to look fresh and glowing. After all, beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within. You need to eat the right balance of foods to feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, radiant and blemish-free” and in this 21st century eating healthy is becoming a fad but how many of these people realize the complete benefits they can get from the right diet?
What do we really mean?
Odds are that just a few people know the actual advantages of eating healthy. One of which is just how eating healthy can give you that bright, sparkling and glowing skin you have always dreamed about. How?
Well, let us break it down for you. The problem is the variety of free radicals the body auto generates
What are Free Radicals?
Our skin is a very sensitive organ prone to cellular damage caused by free radicals. These free radicals, are reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species that are generated by our body through exposure to certain systems or different physio-chemical conditions or pathological states. They alter our lipids, proteins, DNA and trigger quite a number of diseases.
They are radicals that are constantly searching the body for electrons to pair with but this constant search is what makes them potentially harmful. Medical research has shown that they are associated with a variety of diseases including Cancer, Alzhiemer’s Diseases, Parkinson’s Diseases and many others.
Now what’s our way out?
Anti-Oxidants are substances that have the ability to prevent or slow down the damage to cells that have come in contact with these free radicals
Where Do We Find Them?
Antioxidants are found mostly in these items;
- Whole Grains
Plants are believed to have greater antioxidant effects than vitamins or minerals because of their dietary food compounds (phytochemicals).
Understanding these Anti-oxidants helps us to place in context the true value of the kind of diet we choose to consume because if we pay attention to just how much free radicals affect the health of our skin, we will be able pick the right diet. We should also note that some of these foods do their wonders from outside in while others work from the inside out. Have a look at our list of foods that will keep you glowing
What Should You Eat For A Glowing Skin?
- Oranges: “The peel of the orange, actually contains more vitamin C than the orange itself. The peel contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties so using it regularly in face packs will give you clear and brighter skin in no time. What’s in season will make your skin glow!”, says Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, skincare expert. Dr. Deepali recommends a orange peel and yoghurt face pack to instantly rejuvenate your skin; all you need is 1 tablespoon of orange peel powder and 2 tablespoon of yoghurt to do the trick. You can also add 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder and 1 tablespoon of walnut powder to 1 tablespoon of orange peel powder with a few drops of lemon juice and rose water to get bright skin.
- Strawberries: Being rich in alpha-hydroxyl acid, strawberries help get rid of dead skin cells. Strawberries also boost up collagen production, minimise fine line and wrinkles due to the presence of vitamin C. Also, omega-3 fatty acids present in strawberries help lighten the skin tone. Wondering how to reap the benefits of this wonder fruit? Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon honey to mashed strawberries and apply on your face for 15 minutes to get glowing skin.
- Carrots: Carrots are a powerhouse for glowing skin due to a large amount of beta carotene that helps prevent the degeneration of cells, slows aging and makes your skin glow. The vitamin A found in carrot juice also helps keep body tissue, eyes, bones and teeth healthy. Carrots also have a large amount of vitamin C, which promotes collagen growth, reduce acne and dark spots. Boost your beauty by slurping on a glass of carrot juice or add it to your salads.
- Lemons:Lemons are packed with vitamin C, vitamin B and phosphorous – an amazing food to make your skin glow. The natural acids of lemon gently remove dead skin cells and lighten age spots. Lemon cleans the pores without stripping the skin of its natural oil balance since it contains citric acid in high amounts. Mix a spoon of lemon juice with egg white and grape juice extract to make your skin smooth and glowing, or squeeze out just some fresh lemon juice and use it on the affected area to get flawless skin.
- Potato:Potato works as a natural bleaching agent and hence can be used for skin lightening. All you have to do is apply a face mask of grated potatoes on your face for around 30 minutes. Potato also helps get rid of dead skin cells, sunburns, dark spots, blemishes and dark circles. You can simply squeeze the juice of a potato in a bowl and use it on your face or apply thin slices of potato directly.
- Tomato: “Tomatoes are packed with natural vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, K, B1, B3, B5, B6, B7, and vitamin C”, says Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Sukhda Hospital. But what makes tomatoes stand out in the beauty world, is lycopene, an antioxidant which has amazing anti-ageing properties. You can apply the pulp or juice of tomatoes on your skin to activate the lycopene benefits. And if this couldn’t get any better, the pulp of tomatoes also helps tighten pores and prevent pimples since tomatoes are acidic in nature. It also acts as a natural sunscreen.
Curator: Chima, VibrantMeNG