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What do I and my skin eat in a day!

We never stop battling for our skin. However, a skincare ritual of using a variety of products is not only time-consuming and high maintenance but is also not enough. The secret to gaining radiant, younger-looking skin comprises of more than just good genes. The foods we eat in a day are equally vital in contributing to skin health.

Being the largest organ of one’s body, the skin is highly affected by external activities. Pollution, Exercises, Spicy food, irregular sleep, etc. all of these affect the glow on your face. Naturally, your next question must be how do we keep everything in check. Unfortunately due to the current work-culture, it is very natural for a person to be not able to keep all of these in check. But one thing is still in our control which shall contribute maximum and that is FOOD!

What are the benefits of eating healthy? What should you avoid eating? Try as we might find the perfect combination of skincare products, we may want to treat our skin from inside out. Maintaining a healthy diet does not have to be a lofty goal requiring strict self-discipline rules. Tasty, simple, and natural ingredients are the key to a healthy diet and younger skin. Avoiding processed food like frozen pizzas and eating at least five fruits and vegetables is a good rule of thumb for clear skin.

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Generally, our body breaks down food into vitamins, minerals, fats, and amino acids; all of which are extremely important for good skin health. Amino acids from protein-rich foods like cottage cheese, boost collagen in the body making the skin strong and bouncy. Good sources of vitamin C like strawberries and citrus fruits are also known to boost collagen. These powerhouses of natural sugar are not just nutrient-rich but also an abundant source of omega-3 which helps retain the moisture in the skin and keeps the irritants out. These food items are less likely to trigger skin breakouts due to the small amounts of natural sugar. The chlorophyll from various colored fruits and vegetables is a blessing for the skin. Water-rich fruits such as watermelon and cucumber make your body free of toxins and naturally cleanse your body. Although don’t miss out on drinking lots of water which can help flush out the toxins from the skin.

The antioxidants, vitamins A and E in superfoods such as almond butter, turmeric, tomatoes, avocado, hazelnut, pine nuts, sunflower, cocoa powder, and more are a real doctor for your skin. These food items are known to repair your skin, leaving it blemish-free and protecting it from UV radiation. Adding walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds to your diet should also do the trick. Why? You ask. These contain various skin-friendly nutrients that help strengthen the skin, improving the look and feel of your skin.

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Foods like White bread, Sweetened Breakfast Cereals, Oven-Baked Potato chips or snacks, Gluten-free junk food, low-carb junk food, most tetra-packed Natural fruit juices, bottled water, etc. may look healthier but necessarily aren’t. Added sugar and salt in preserved foods is one of the worst ingredients to be present in your diet. When you drink liquid calories your brain might not register them as food and increase your calorie intake. High sugar will also break down collagen making your skin look dull. It is also one of the primary reasons for wrinkles. Using honey as a substitute for sugar will help reduce sugar levels in the body. Just as sugar, salted fried food can lead to skin dehydration and skin puffiness. Eating high-fat foods will have a negative effect internally on circulation.

An effective diet and good skincare routine using natural products can go a long way, keeping your skin glowing and in good condition inside out. You will notice a radiant glow to your skin as you provide it with all the essential nutrients it requires for repair and growth, speeding up the pace of exfoliation. After all who doesn’t love a face free of acne and wrinkles?
You hold the power for constructing a beautiful and younger skin from within. It is never too late to look after yourself. Never too late to keep a check on what you and your skin eat every day. So, adopt a healthy diet today!

-Milie Rathod

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