You could invest in expensive cosmetics or get frequent skin and hair treatments. But if your body does not receive adequate nourishment, it’s a lost cause. The solution to your beauty needs is much closer home – right in your kitchen.
While aging is inevitable and so is its effect on your skin, overexposure to the sun, chemicals and poor nutrition, add to your beauty woes. Healthy eating not only nourishes your body, but also does wonders to your skin and hair. That girl at work with a shiny mane and flawless skin might not necessarily be spending hours in a salon, but nourishing her body with the right foods.
So, here are a few hacks to keep in mind for gorgeous skin and hair:
Gorge on Veggies and Fruits
You must eat five portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Didn’t you hear us say ‘gorge’? Both contain high levels of antioxidants that help your skin stay radiant and protect your mane from hair loss. Make sure you include carrots that are rich in beta-carotene, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, as well as green veggies, including kale and spinach.
There’s a reason why health practitioners suggest Vitamin C when you pump in all your strength to blow your nose. Not only does it strengthen the immune system, but also promotes shiny hair and radiant skin. It is a powerful antioxidant that neutralises free radicals and prevents aging of your skin. Similarly, it builds collagen, which is crucial for hair growth. Stock up on blackcurrants, guava, kiwi, oranges, and strawberries for your daily fix of citrus fruits!
Say NO to Crash Dieting
When you repeatedly lose and gain weight and often indulge in yo-yo dieting, your skin begins to sag, and your hair loses its sheen. Of course, you are preventing your body from getting adequate nutrition, so this will reflect sooner or later. Don’t give in to the pressure and start focusing on fitness rather than thickness. Your body will thank you later!
Fuel up with Water
Now, who doesn’t like a huge glass of cola or those fruity cocktails? You might feel they refresh you, but they are instead causing dehydration. Your skin needs proper moisture to look fresh and dewy, and your hair needs hydration to grow. Make sure you drink at least seven to eight glasses of water every day to reap benefits in the long run. If water is too boring for you, swap it with some herbal and caffeine-free teas!
Fat doesn’t make you Fat
By fat, we do not mean those butter-laden sandwiches or creamy desserts. We are speaking about mono-saturated and poly-saturated fats that are beneficial for your skin and hair. Get your dose of avocados, fish, nuts, and seeds that provide your body with essential fatty acids. Plus, they come packed with Vitamin E, which is essential for prevention against free radical damage.
Obsess over Omega
Want beautiful skin and those luscious locks? You can’t achieve your dream without consuming Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fats, which are found in oily fish or plant sources such as linseed, chia seeds, or walnuts. They boast of anti-inflammatory properties, which help the skin in staying plump and free of ailments. Besides, it is the secret potion to healthy and strong hair!
Low GI-Carbs is the key
We all binge-eat occasionally, and consume those oily French fries or loaded sugary drinks. Once in a while doesn’t hurt, but if this is what your day-to-day eating habits look like, you are going to be in serious trouble. They will break down the collagen in your skin and cause wrinkles or unwanted hair loss. Swap these High-GI Carbs for the Low-GI ones such as beans, porridge, and pulses. These release sugar into your blood gradually, and keep you fuller for long. It’ll also get you a lot of compliments for healthy-looking skin and hair!
Once you incorporate these habits into your lifestyle, you will gradually notice the change in your skin. Be patient and be resilient. As they say, ‘Rome was not built in a day’.