Sure, popular beauty brands like The Body Shop can get you a long way with him but he sure will get to see your natural beauty sooner or later. Caring for your skin is one of the best ways to look beautiful naturally. After all, you wouldn’t want him to be disappointed when he catches a glimpse of you in the morning without make up.
It would not be wrong to say that your skin is the mirror of your eating habits! Your diet affects your skin and complexion to a great extent. If your skin has lost its glow and becoming flaky then there is nobody else to be blamed except you. To keep your skin healthy, it is best to include the below mentioned 4 essential food in your daily diet for natural beauty and optimum skin health:
- Orange food: Don’t be happy this doesn’t include the cheese flavored snack or the nacho chips for that matter. Orange foods include apricot, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes and mangoes. The orange food is rich in antioxidants and carotenoids which protects the skin from the harmful UV rays and their adverse effects. These foods are also help in fighting the free radicals produced due to pollution, sun exposure and other day-to-day activities which speed-up the aging process. Bazilian describes the orange foods as skin first-line defense to the outside word.
- Leafy greens veggies: Dark green leafy vegetables like kale, collard greens and spinach are rich source of carotenoid lutein, an antioxidant. It helps in protecting your eyes in addition to protecting your body from the harmful UV rays. Lutein keeps the skin hydrated, improves elasticity and aids in the production of useful surface oils. It is a great idea to toss the leafy vegetables into salads. Two such great recipes are: sauté them in olive oil with garlic or add them to your favorite pasta recipe.
- Milk: Milk is a rich source of proteins, biotin and Vitamin A. Biotin is essential for formation of healthy skin; Vitamin A supports skin tissues and lean proteins aids tissue formation. Lack of Vitamin A makes the skin dull, flaky and dry.
- Water: Technically water is not food, but it is surely food for the skin and body. As per Bazilian and Spano, water is the most important nutrient to ensure normal functioning of the body. Water aids all skin aspects like: moisture, flexibility, elasticity and tone. Try to have at least 10 glasses of water daily along with vegetable juice, soups, green tea and fat-free milk.
You will be amazed to know that Cleopatra who is known to epitomize beauty bathed in sour milk to add to the luster and brightness as sour milk is rich in AHAs, Alpha-Hydroxy Acids which are known for treating dry skin, acne, fine lines and wrinkles. So, be the Cleopatra by simply including these essential 4 food items in your daily diet.