Tuck in to our top 10 cos­metic culi­nary de­lights says Frankie Rozwad­owska

Friday - - BEAUTY -

ou are what you eat, so the say­ing goes. And al­though that doesn’t mean you’ll turn into a dough­nut if you eat one, it does mean that what goes in­side re­ally does af­fect what hap­pens on the out­side. A healthy diet full of all the good stuff isn’t just ben­e­fi­cial to our health, it’s what feeds our cells and nur­tures the parts of us we want look­ing their best, from our skin and nails to our hair and our waist­lines.

“There’s no ques­tion that nu­tri­tion is fun­da­men­tally in­volved at ev­ery stage of skin de­vel­op­ment,” says Lovely Ran­ganath, se­nior nu­tri­tion­ist at healthy meal de­liv­ery ini­tia­tive Healthtrendz, Dubai. “Start­ing with the in­ner layer of the skin, the der­mis. Col­la­gen is made when Vi­ta­min C con­verts the amino acid pro­line into hy­drox­ypro­line – re­mem­ber, no Vi­ta­min C, no col­la­gen.” Col­la­gen and elastin fi­bres start los­ing their flex­i­bil­ity over time be­cause of the dam­age caused by free rad­i­cals, she says.

“We can limit this dam­age with an­tiox­i­dants, vi­ta­mins and se­le­nium. Vi­ta­min A also helps to con­trol the rate of ker­atin ac­cu­mu­la­tion in the skin, and a lack of it can re­sult in dry, rough skin. The skin cell mem­branes are made from es­sen­tial fats and a lack of these will make the cells dry out too quickly, leav­ing one with dry skin.”

Eat­ing your way to brighter, clearer, younger-look­ing skin? Sounds pretty tasty to us. But be­fore you cram your fridge with su­per­foods, look to your bath­room shelves and fill them up with skin­care prod­ucts with foodie beauty per­fect­ing pow­ers. Skin is ex­tremely por­ous, like a sponge, and ac­cord­ing to a study by the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh Grad­u­ate School of Pub­lic Health, ab­sorbs an aver­age of 64 per cent of what is ap­plied to it. This means you may be eat­ing well, but can drink in the beauty ben­e­fits of food faster when you ap­ply it top­i­cally. So fol­low our su­per­food skin­care menu and you’ll look good enough to eat in no time. When we asked nu­tri­tion­ist Lovely what her top su­per­foods were, there was one in par­tic­u­lar she was burst­ing to share with us – berries. “Packed with Vi­ta­min C and al­pha-hy­droxy acids, they are a def­i­nite must-have,” she says, but not just be­cause of their sweet, sharp taste and pretty, bright colours. “As men­tioned, Vi­ta­min C helps pro­duce col­la­gen, which is the protein that forms the struc­ture of your skin,” she says. “A daily dose of berries will help tighten the skin. Also, berries are rich in a class of an­tiox­i­dant com­pounds called an­tho­cyanins, which are ca­pa­ble of neu­tral­is­ing free-rad­i­cal dam­age to skin cells. It’s es­sen­tial to have these in your shop­ping cart each and ev­ery time.”

EOS Lip Balm Dh50, Snob Sa­lon. An all-nat­u­ral, fruity fresh lip balm – it’s packed with an­tiox­i­dant-rich Vi­ta­min E and is burst­ing with blue­ber­ries and acai berries. Giv­ing lips lon­glast­ing mois­ture, you’ll be left with a soft, smooth smile. Berry nice in­deed.

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