Eat your way to smooth, flawless skin with these super foods, urges Faye Remedios
- Dates: Dr Jaichandran Thampi, director of spa,
Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, recommends having a couple of dates
soaked or boiled in milk every day. “Milk and dates supply the necessary
minerals required for healthy growth. Dates have the quality of cleansing
as they contain tanin and as such help in maintaining the normal tonicity
of intestines and indirectly help the skin as well,” he says.
- Saffron: Also known as kesar, this is one the most
expensive and exclusive skin foods that makes skin glow. “It can be
had with milk, either for internal or even external application. It
has anti-carcinogenic as well antioxidant properties, says Thampi.
- Carrots: “They’re an excellent source of vitamin
A and also high in antioxidants, vitamin C and fibre. And they protect
you against skin cancer due to prolonged exposure to ultra-violet
rays of the sun,” says Dr Rohini Wadhwani, cosmetologist and medical
director of Skin Essentials, Mumbai.
- Mangoes: Are a rich source of vitamin A and an
ideal food to repair and prevent any skin damage, making it glow with
ON THE EYES
- Gooseberry: Indian gooseberry helps keep eyes healthy
and bright and contains more than 80 per cent of water and also has
protein, carbohydrate, fibre, minerals and vitamins especially vitamin
C which is necessary for the synthesis of collagen fibre that keep
the skin intact and toned. This helps in reducing wrinkle formation
and slows down the ageing process, preventing dark circles around
the eyes. “This could be consumed internally with honey,” says Thampi.
- Rose: A special preparation of rose petals and
jaggery can be taken internally to improve vision and reduce dark
circles around the eyes. “Mix a few rose petals with a teaspoon of
jaggery and consume this Ayurvedic preparation to ensure that the
delicate skin around the eyes stays healthy,” says Thampi.
- Berries and blackcurrants: “Contains polyphenols
as well as high amounts of vitamin C, which help fight the pigmentation
around the eye area and is also a free radical scavenger. This builds
the neo collagen and thus makes the skin firmer giving the eyes a
fresh and rejuvenated look,” says Dr Apratim Goel, owner Cutis Klinic
and dermato-consultant, L’Oréal Paris.
- Sprouted green gram: Green gram, on account of
its soft and easily digestible quality of proteins, helps in the repair
and maintenance of cells and thus improves skin. The best way to consume
it is in its raw form or it may be mildly steamed; two tablespoons
a day is good enough, believes Thampi.
- Soy foods: This is a great way to help delay the
ageing process and reduce wrinkles and dry skin. Soy foods are rich
in vitamin E, which helps in the formation of new cells.
- Tomatoes: Rich in lycopene which refills antioxidant
levels in the skin and helps in fighting wrinkles, advises Wadhwani.
- Green tea: Is rich in flavonoids that help protect
skin against acne, pigmentation or wrinkles, says Pooja Makhija, consulting
dietician, Clay Wellness, Mumbai.
- Garlic: Destroys bacteria that can cause acne by
breeding inside your pores. Garlic also increases the immune function
of the skin, says Goel.
- Probiotic curds: “This is very important for healthy
skin because it improves your immune system and kills bacteria that
cause acne and other skin problems like psorasis,” says Makhija.
- Wheatgrass: A good source of essential fatty acids
and fatty alcohols, vitamin E, complex carbohydrates and proteins,
it helps improve skin tissues. About five grams daily is sufficient,
- Whey: Because of its easily digestible protein
content, it helps to control sugar levels, thus promoting tissue repair
- Citrus fruits: Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit
and mandarins contain two compounds that are needed for healthy skin:
vitamin C and limonene.
- Plant and seed oils: Wadhwani advises including
oils from olives, nuts and avocados in your diet which provide the
skin with a healthy glow. The presence of vitamin E in these oils
ensures the production of new cell growth, keeping skin supple, smooth
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