Eat Your Way to Flawless Skin

Faryal Panhwar Mar 19 2015
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Skin issues can be tiresome and annoying. Almost everyone has to deal with problems whether its acne, dryness, discoloration, oiliness, wrinkles, spots, or blackheads.

We all want beautiful flaunting skin and we all want the easy way to it. What about other ways, which is to eat your way to it? There is a strong link between your eating habits and the way you look. When you eat the right food, you nourish yourself from within. A healthy inside results in a healthy outside. The importance of eating healthy just cannot be stressed on enough.

Water

The easiest way to perfect skin is to drink plenty of water. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day helps clean pores and gives a fresher look. Don’t expect overnight results. Any outcome takes time to reveal, you just have to be persistent. Consider this as more of a lifestyle modification.

Tip: Cut down on sugar drinks and other beverages that don’t possibly benefit you in any way and substitute with water instead. If you find that just drinking water is boring, there are many foods you can eat that contain high quantities of water.

Berries

All types of berries – blueberries, strawberries, mulberries, raspberries, cranberries and cherries – are great for the skin. Their contribution to a healthy glow is brought about by their high antioxidant content. Antioxidants fight off free radicals and help protect from the wrath of aging and wrinkling caused by the free radicals.

Moreover, they also have anti-inflammatory properties. Inculcate berries in your diet as a healthy snack, or eat them with yogurt, make a smoothie out of them or add them your cereal.

Leafy Greens

Leafy green veggies, such as spinach and kale, are your well-wishers. They nourish skin cells and greatly contribute to unblemished skin. This is owed to their rich antioxidant components along with vitamin B, C and E, iron, magnesium, and potassium, calcium, and omega 3-fatty acids.

Leafy greens, especially spinach are crammed with folate. Folate has anti-aging properties, regulates DNA repair and prevents cell damage. The high water content in spinach penetrates cell membranes giving you a plumper and less wrinkled look.

Salmon

Salmon is jam-packed with omega-3 fatty acids which help maintain permeability of cell membrane allowing water and nutrients in and flushing toxins out.  Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are unhealthy. Only a certain class of fatty acids is harmful and contributes to disease. The omega-3 class of fatty acids is a healthy one. It reduces inflammation in the body and also reduces the risk of skin cancer.

Your aim should be two servings of salmon per week. Salmon can be savored and enjoyed baked or grilled, in pasta, salads, and even as a side dish. Mackerel, herring and sardines also promotes healthy skin.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a storehouse of the anti-aging oxidant, lycopene. The damage imposed on the by the UV rays of sunlight is wonderfully combated by lycopene. Eating tomatoes raw won’t help- to benefit from lycopene in the skin, you have to cook it.

The vitamin C content in tomatoes also promotes collagen synthesis for better skin and protects from free radical damage.

Besides eating habits, other lifestyle modifications also contribute to the health of your skin. One of these is sleep. Consistent and regular sleep is essential. The body goes into repair mode and rejuvenates skin cells while sleeping. One of the main reasons you end up with dark circles, saggy eyes and a dull look is because you might not be getting enough sleep, which reduces the normal rejuvenation required by the body.

To look your best, develop a regular bedtime schedule. Make sure you sleep with your hair tied back since the residue oil in the hair can clog skin pores.

Faryal Panhwar

Faryal Panhwar:

Faryal is currently a second year M.B.B.S student at Ziauddin University. She is an active participate in the Model UN where her passion for debate has received her several delegate awards. Seeking to discover the writer in herself Faryal is now working as a freelance writer for HTV.