These Are The Best & Worst Foods For Your Skin
Celebrity skincare expert and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr Jaishree Sharad, is here to solve all your beauty woes and make sure you have glowing, flawless skin, in her new column on Hauterfly — Skin Deep With Dr Jaishree Sharad.
Skincare is not just about what you apply topically. Your skin is what you eat. A well-balanced diet goes a long way to keep your skin healthy. Like they say, beauty is from the inside.
Proteins, in the form of eggs, chicken, fish, sprouts, paneer, and tofu add strength to your hair and nails, apart from boosting your collagen and elastin fibres.
Know Your Vitamins
Replenish your skin and body with natural vitamins from the food you eat.
Vitamin A prevents skin from becoming dry and flaky. Carrots, beet, spinach, broccoli, kale, sweet potato, and eggs are all rich in vitamin A.
Vitamin C is important for the production of collagen and to prevent blemishes. All citrus fruits, tomatoes, and berries are rich sources of vitamin C.
Vitamin E helps to rehydrate the skin, damp down inflammation, and speed up the healing process. Almonds, sunflower seeds, avocado, wheat germ, and spinach are rich in vitamin E.
Minerals and antioxidants present in green leafy vegetables, yogurt, nuts, lentils, mushrooms, shellfish, and whole grains combat free radicals and help retain the youthfulness of skin.
Water, vegetables, and fruits like watermelon, walnuts, olive oil, and fish like salmon and mackerel (rich in omega 3 fatty acids) are moisturisers for the skin.
Colourful berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, oranges, and carrots (betacarotene) act as antioxidants and protect from the sun.
Fish with omega 3 fatty acids and proteins like chicken and lean meat as well as flax seeds are known to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Foods To Avoid
Sugar! Sugar! Sugar!
Sugar in any form and foods rich in carbohydrates will cause early ageing of skin through a process called glycation.
Restrict the intake of chocolates, ice creams, cakes, pastries, biscuits, cookies, milk shakes, smoothies, caramelised popcorn or custard, pizzas, burgers, white bread, and fried potatoes, if you want to stay young.
Dairy should be restricted if you have acne due to polycystic ovarian disease.
Last but not the least, drink at least 2 litres of water per day, to keep yourself hydrated and let your skin breathe.