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