Se­cret in­gre­di­ents for that per­fect glow

When it comes to healthy-look­ing skin, what you put in your body mat­ters more than what you put on it

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - LIFESTYLE - Ab­hi­nav Verma (With in­puts by nu­tri­tion­ist Tripti Tan­don)

The se­cret to healthy and glow­ing skin is not ex­pen­sive creams or face wash; its col­la­gen. It can be de­fined as a long chain amino acid aka pro­tein that is re­spon­si­ble for giv­ing our skin elas­tic­ity, its youth­ful­ness and a nat­u­ral glow. It also pro­tects the outer layer of the skin. How­ever, over a pe­riod of time, its pro­duc­tion goes down due to var­i­ous fac­tors. And that’s the rea­son why our skin starts to look older and we tend to get wrin­kles and pim­ples.

To deal with col­la­gen slow down nat­u­rally, gorge on these food items daily to in­crease your col­la­gen pro­duc­tion:

Cab­bage: Cab­bage is full of vi­ta­min A, B and C. Cab­bage in­creases your col­la­gen pro­duc­tion rapidly. It also con­tains ly­copene, which pro­tects the skin against the sun. Rapid pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen means that the skin is able to re­new it­self quickly

and re­place the old skin. Red fruits and

veg­eta­bles: In­clude pep­pers, toma­toes and straw­ber­ries in your diet. They are an ex­cel­lent source of col­la­gen and an­tiox­i­dants that help in in­creas­ing skin’s firm­ness.

Beans: Beans con­tains zinc and hyaluronic acid, which are es­sen­tial com­po­nents of col­la­gen. They help in the pre­ven­tion of for­ma­tion of lines and wrin­kles. Beans also ini­ti­ate cell pro­lif­er­a­tion.

Car­rot: Car­rot con­tains vi­ta­min A, which is a col­la­gen booster. Car­rot helps fight acne and in­creases elas­tic­ity. Car­rots in­crease the blood flow to­wards skin, thereby help­ing in the re­newal of skin.

Fish: You can’t have glow­ing skin if your diet is low on omega-3 fatty acids. In­clude fish in your diet as it’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help the col­la­gen form the outer pro­tec­tive layer of the skin.

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Omega-3 fatty acids help the col­la­gen form the outer pro­tec­tive layer of the skin Rapid pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen means that the skin is able to re­new it­self quickly and re­place the old skin

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