Eat your way to younger look­ing skin

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - (in­puts by Preeti Seth, well­ness ex­pert)

Great skin is not about just scrubs and creams lin­ing the shelf of your bath­room. The nutri­tion that you de­rive from fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles play a big­ger role in keep­ing your skin look­ing younger, fresh and glow­ing. Here’s why you should stock fruits and veg­eta­bles in your re­frig­er­a­tor:

1. Ap­ples

Vi­ta­min C found in these fruit helps firm and tone the skin. It pre­vents free-rad­i­cal dam­age, pro­tects your skin cells and de­lays signs of age­ing. Ap­ples are also rich in pectin–the starch es­sen­tial in driv­ing away acne.

2. Car­rots

For the ul­ti­mate anti-age­ing, wrin­kle-fight­ing boost, add veg­eta­bles high in Vi­ta­min C in your diet. Car­rots are high in beta carotene, which the body con­verts to Vi­ta­min A, one of the most im­por­tant nu­tri­ents for healthy skin. You can also make these anti-age­ing po­tions us­ing veg­eta­bles.

3. Straw­ber­ries

Mashed straw­ber­ries mixed with honey, av­o­ca­dos or yo­ghurt can bring a healthy ra­di­ance to the skin. Straw­ber­ries con­tain malic acid, a nat­u­ral whiten­ing agent.

4. Kiwi and Pome­gran­ate

Con­sump­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion of kiwi helps en­sure healthy, clear, beau­ti­ful skin. Ki­wis are rich in pectin and fi­bre, which strengthen di­ges­tion. They also may pre­vent wrin­kles and blem­ishes. Pomegranates are also su­perb for over­all skin health.

5. Pa­paya and Peach

Pa­paya is a nat­u­ral ex­fo­li­at­ing tonic. It leaves your skin spot­less with its high Vi­ta­min A con­tent. With mois­ture-rich peaches, you can say good­bye to dry skin. You can hap­pily by­pass mois­tur­is­ing creams if you in­clude peaches in your diet.

6. Le­mon

Con­sum­ing cit­rus fruits helps guar­an­tee clear skin. Cit­rus fruits such as or­anges, man­darins, or the trusty old le­mon are rich in Vi­ta­min C, and are great for the skin.

7. Amla

The ex­tract of amla is rich in Vi­ta­min A. This vi­ta­min is es­sen­tial in col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, a com­pound that keeps the skin look­ing young and elas­tic. Amla, when con­sumed on an empty stom­ach, has prop­er­ties that slow down the degra­da­tion of col­la­gen.

8. Berries

Berries are as packed with an­tiox­i­dants. Straw­ber­ries, cran­ber­ries, bil­ber­ries, or blue­ber­ries are all great for over­all health. The an­tiox­i­dants in these berries can work won­ders for skin re­ju­ve­na­tion.

9. Sweet potato

Sweet potato con­tains Vi­ta­min A, which is anti-in­flam­ma­tory and helps fight off acne-caus­ing bac­te­ria. It also has Vi­ta­min C, which helps pre­vent acne and heals it if you al­ready have it.

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