Want A Glowing Skin? Make These Fruits Your Best Friends
Besides being low on calories, fruits are particularly beneficial for your skin and hair.
Simple lifestyle changes like incorporating fruits in your daily diet can give you a glowing skin this summer. Fruits can help you battle with skin and hair woes, say experts. Eating fruits helps in skin rejuvenation, natural hydration and improvement of skin texture.
Neelanjana Singh, Nutrition Consultant with Heinz Nutrition Foundation India, says that among many other nutritional benefits that these fruits offer, they are also particularly beneficial for the health of one's skin and hair, besides being low on calories.
Fruits have no side effects and are cost-effective at the same time. They are free from toxins. Here are a few fruits which you can choose this summer for a healthier skin.
Dehydrated skin can lead to a dull and dry appearance. Watermelons have high water content which help to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized. Watermelon contains several antioxidants that help defy the signs of ageing on the skin and, therefore, making it look firmer, younger and healthier. The seeds of watermelon are also beneficial as they contain unsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic acid that keep the skin elastic and youthful.
Pineapple does wonders to clear your skin. It is a low-calorie fruit that is rich in fibre and vitamin C. The vitamin C in pineapple juice is a very effective acne treatment. It is one of the best sources of anti-oxidants. The anti-oxidants not only boost your immunity but also help to keep your skin and body feel and look younger. They fight the signs of free-radical damage to the skin. It also boosts the production of collagen. A glass of pineapple juice is also very refreshing in summers. You can add few drops of lemon juice to it to enhance the taste.
The benefits of papaya for skin are very popular. It is a common ingredient in many skin care products. It is a rich source of antioxidants and an enzyme called papain. It also contains carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene. Together, these nutrients do wonders for the skin. They help protect the skin against free-radical damage, which results in wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
Grapefruit contains high amount of Vitamin A and C, minerals and anti-oxidants that benefit the skin. It is a great but often neglected citrus fruit for the summer season. The vitamin C and the antioxidant effects protect the skin from environmental hazards. It also stimulates the production of skin collagen that brings smoothness and elasticity to the skin. The potassium present in the grapefruit helps to smooth wrinkles and age spots and provides a protective shield against UV rays. Grapefruit extracts are commonly used in skin and hair care products to help reduce conditions such as dandruff and acne.
Banana is one fruit that's abundantly available in India all through the year. Being a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin E, act as an anti-ageing agent. Bananas are a great substitute for unhealthy snacks we tend to eat in-between meals.
Some other tips for a glowing skin:
- Stay hydrated all the time
- Use night creams for better moisture.
- Add fruits and salad to your diet.
- Apply sun screen before stepping out.
- Keep moisturisers handy.