These beauty foods will give you the better skin || SIKH VOGUE
- Edited by Sikh Vogue Webdesk
- Dec 22, 2018
There’s a good chance that the increase in temperatures and rise in pollen count this month have already taken a toll on your skin. And while switching to lighter moisturizers, cleaning your air filter, and exfoliating every night can help, one piece of the puzzle is often overlooked: diet. For example, that bag of pretzels isn’t exactly delivering a boost of antioxidants. But according to Los Angeles–based nutritionist, you can actually get better skin in just a week through consuming these key natural ingredients. After all, you are what you eat.
Lemons Snyder suggests that every client begin his or her day with some hot water and lemon. “It detoxifies the body by helping your digestive system and liver eliminate waste quickly,” she says. Continue drinking this throughout the day, and squeeze lemon on top of salads and in green juices.
Sweet Potatoes Adding these beta-carotene-rich starches into your daily diet can actually combat lacklustre complexions. This is due to “the magical skin-brightening combination of Vitamin A and Vitamin C,” says Snyder, that “work to neutralize cell tissue-damaging free radicals” that cause the dreaded dulling effect. Sweet potatoes are also rich in biotin, which stimulates hair and nail growth.
Almonds While you probably already know that almonds are a healthful snack, they are also a beauty food, as they’re an extremely rich source of Vitamin E. Snyder names this nutrient as “the skin-beautifying antioxidant, since it’s present in human epidermal tissue, [where it] creates smoothness and suppleness.” There’s also research to suggest that Vitamin E may help fight signs of ageing “by protecting skin against the damage caused by ultraviolet rays,” she adds, “while nourishing the skin from drying out.”
Chia Seeds These antioxidant-rich seeds are packed with minerals and fibre and the perfect balance of essential fatty acids—the latter which Snyder credits for giving that “glow.” You can also take an algae-based DHA supplement, she notes, “to ensure you’re getting the proper amount of Omega-3 fats,” which contribute to a balanced mood and healthy heart. Sprinkle them into smoothies and fruit salads, or soak them in almond milk overnight for a satisfying dessert.
Pineapple “When your skin needs to look amazing, this fruit is a wonder food,” says Snyder, “and tastes incredible.” Pineapple benefits skin by improving digestion, reducing inflammation, and removing toxins from the body. What’s more, it also helps in the production of collagen.
Figs This fruit’s tiny seeds are packed with nutrients that help cleanse the digestive tract of toxins and mucus, which, according to Snyder, may prevent important nutrients from getting to the skin. “This process is vital to enhancing that inner glow,” she notes. Since they are naturally high in sugar, Snyder recommends limiting your daily intake to only a few.
Spinach This leafy green is high in Vitamin A, necessary for growth in skin and hair. “Spinach is also loaded with Vitamin C, imperative for the building and maintenance of collagen,” according to Snyder—making it a no-brainer for any meal, juice, or smoothie.
Medjool Dates Dates are high in fibre and a perfect sweet treat to aid in cleansing. “They are rich in copper,” Snyder says, “which is an important mineral that helps the body absorb iron and form collagen and red blood cells.” Plus, they make for a great sugar alternative in baking and cooking.