Here's all you can eat for better skin. Image: Facebook
From random zits to sudden dark-circles, is the seasonal change taking a toll on your skin? Well, here's help. While many of you know all the don'ts for having good skin such as avoiding oily, spicy food, here are some things that you can eat to get the glow on. We spoke to nutritionist and dietitian from Fitpass, Mehar Rajput, to help you chalk up a meal plan for the same.
Get off to a nutty start
Whenever you feel peckish, snacking on a handful of nuts such as almonds, peanuts and walnuts is a healthy habit to have. They contain good fats that your skin needs to retain its elasticity, and vitamin B complex, which helps with not only skin cell restoration but also hair growth and dry skin. So, get ready for longer hair and gorgeous skin.
Go green with your meals
This season, make sure you have a good dose of green coloured foods on your plate. Drinking green smoothies with spinach, kale and so on provides a big beauty boost and helps in making the skin clear in gloomy weather days. Also, eating steamed and stir-fried veggies keeps their nutrients intact, giving a healthy boost to your skin.
Stock up on seasonal fruits
While your fruity face-masks are great for your skin, you can amp up the pampering by chomping on seasonal fruits such as watermelons, plums, peaches, figs, lychees, oranges, guava and papaya that can do wonders for your facial skin.
Win with vitamins
Knowing what vitamins you need will help you plan your meals better. A diet rich in Vitamin-E helps you avoid the ill-effects of smoking, pollution and harsh sunlight. Foods like spinach, blue berries, strawberries, papaya, kiwi, eggs, almonds and milk are a rich source of this. Meanwhile, if you are acne-prone, a Vitamin C-rich diet helps healing blemishes. Guava, mango, kiwis, oranges, papaya, strawberries, kale, sprouts and lemon must be included in the diet. You can detox easy with a protein diet of seafood, meat, eggs, soy beans and paneer. Consumption of good fats like Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids rich foods like flax seed oil, walnuts and walnut oil, borage oil, and black currant oil provide a lustrous skin.
It’s mandatory to stay hydrated by drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day. Dehydration causes the skin to look dull and tired. Detox water is necessary to replenish your body. Hot weather could create inflammation, which results in ‘raccoon eyes’. Citrus fruit pieces, soaked in a pitcher of ice water, help balance levels of electrolytes, making the liver flush toxins from your body.