Top 10 Face-Friendly Foods
is true that if you eat the right foods, you could be on your way to a healthier
skin- a brighter complexion, smoother texture and fewer wrinkles. Dr Nicholas Perricone, dermatologist at Yale University School of Medicine
recommends a three-day programme full of fish, fruit, veggies and olive oil to quickly
rejuvenate the complexion. Many a
Acne can be corrected through diet modifications instead of prescribed drugs.
So, here comes the answer to
what should you eat for a more beautiful complexion?
LEAFY GREENS (Attack acne) Richly coloured leafy greens
like methi, spinach, amaranth (chowli), drumstick leaves are full of
antioxidants. Plus, they're a great source of iron when eaten with vitamin C
rich foods. (Women who don't get enough iron are especially prone to dark
circles under their eyes). Greens also contain zinc. In one Swedish study,
acne-prone patients who added a zinc supplement to their diets saw 85
per cent of zits clear up after three months. Zinc also helps break down
damaged collagen, allowing new collagen to form.
OIL (Defeats dryness) Adequate fat intake is one key to smooth,
supple skin. Dermatologists speculate that women with persistently dry,
flaky skin may not be getting enough good fats found in poly and
monounsaturated oils like sesame, mustard, peanut and olive in their diet.
When they add them back, the condition usually clears up in a few weeks.
Just a tablespoon daily may make a huge difference to dry skin. If clogged pores are a problem, dermatologists say experts, the essential fatty acids
in these vegetable oils can help keep them clear by thinning the oils they
(Boosts moisture) Dehydrated skin looks ashen and gray and hangs off the
face. Water is the best dull-skin reviver. Hydrated skin looks moist and
plump, which makes existing wrinkles less obvious. To see results, though,
you need H2O every day. Make sure to down about nine 200 ml
glasses daily - more if you work out.
TOMATO (Keeps skin elastic) This skin-sensational
packs high levels of the antioxidant vitamins A and C as well as skin
cancer-fighting chemicals. Vitamin C helps keep skin elastic and prevents
bruising. Vitamin A aids in healing acne from the inside out by boosting
resisting to infection. Find these antioxidants in other dark red, orange
and yellow fruits and veggies, too.
(Fight wrinkles) Berries are a great source of polyphenols,
antioxidants that are currently being studied for their anti-aging
capabilities. (The yummy fruits have already been shown to protect
short-term memory and balance). Recent studies revealed, blueberries
are packed with three times the antioxidant compared to a bunch of an
orange. A hefty handful of jamuns, strawberries or just 2 to 3 amlas has all
the antioxidant vitamin C your body requires each day to reconstruct your
collagen, the scaffolding that keeps skin from drooping.
(Calms inflammation) This fatty fish is teeming with face-friendly
omega-3 fatty acids, which do everything from attack arid areas to help
deflate inflamed zits. Also found in mackerel,
shark, etc, essential
fatty acids battle collagen-damaging free radicals and help smooth out fine
lines. Dermatologists recommend eating fish three times a week. If you can't
stand seafood, a fish-oil supplement may offer the same benefits. Or
try adding flaxseed (alsi) oil and nuts to your diet. Fatty fish and nuts
also contain zinc, which helps quell acne flare-ups and increase cell
(Foils flakiness) This colurful fruit is full of carotene-like
compounds such as lycopene, which reduce the deep down collagen damage that
promotes wrinkles. Dermatologists often prescribe musk melon to drab-skinned
patients (recommend a few slices a day to promote a healthy glow.) The
orange orb is also a great source of beta-carotene, which is converted to
vitamin A. This nutrient prevents keratonic plugs, the rough patches that
are often found on the backs of the arms.
(Puts off pimples) Whether whole or in the form of tofu, this bean is a skin
saver. It's full of chemicals that act like estrogen, and may help prevent
acne, say dermatologists. Another soy bonus: It's loaded with vitamin E,
which boosts new cell growth and keeps skin moist. Try eating atleast half a
cup of soy (in the form of beans or tofu) 3 times a week.
(Discourage wrinkling) Crunch all you want- carrots are bursting
with the beta-carotene your body turns into vitamin A, a key to keeping dry,
flaky skin at bay. You'll also find this nutrient in other orange fruits and
vegetables, such as apricots, papaya, pumpkin, mango and sweet potatoes.
(Ousts toxins) You'll get a dose of fibre that, once
converted, helps filter toxins (and raises your clear-skin potential). If oatmeal's too
expensive, go for ragi or barley. These cereals are also rich in B
vitamins, which aid new skin-cell growth.
Smart eating will help to ward
off the skin problems like dryness, acne and have a bigger impact on keeping
wrinkles at bay. Avoid over consumption of saturated fats and sugar for they may
gum up the capillaries that whisk nutrients to the skin and make a mess
with skin collagen, thereby contributing to saggy, inflexible skin and