From Papaya to Raw Honey: Foods To Keep Your Skin Hydrated
We know that the food we eat provides us with nutrition for our body to function at optimal levels, we also know that long before there were creams and lotions our grandmothers and mothers used the food we ate for their beauty regime. Each home has an ingredient for cleansing, moisturizing and toning the skin.
Historically used beauty rituals across the world have become the basis for today’s beauty products. These ‘organic’ products add chemicals, preservatives and other items which harm the skin in the long run.
It is time to scour through your kitchen shelves to help your skin look nourished, glowing and hydrated this summer. Here are some easy to use kitchen aids for your skin.
A common man’s fruit, it is available throughout the year. Papaya is nutritionally one of the best sources of vitamin C, vitamin A, riboflavin, folate, calcium, thiamine, iron, niacin, potassium and fibre.
Another important compound found in Papaya is Papain, an enzyme which helps in digestion of proteins and is used for tenderizing meats. All these amazing components of papaya are what make it a perfect skin therapy.
Papaya is endowed with the ability to lighten skin, remove the tan and even out the skin tone because of the action of papain. Papaya is also capable of exfoliating dead skin and hydrating it to helping reverse aging. Papain is also found to be effective in reducing wrinkles by working on collagen and elastic fibres of our skin. Hospitals in poor communities also use it effectively for treating burn ulcers in children.
Are rich in antioxidant lycopene, vitamin C, potassium. These nutrients can transform skin into one that is bright glowing.
Lycopene is a strong antioxidant and works even when applied topically to scavenge free radicals leaving the skin refreshed. The high content of vitamin C works as a natural bleach restoring glow to the skin. Both these fight the effects of aging and sun damage working as an anti-ageing combination. Tomatoes also work well on oily skin reducing the chances of acne and pimples and are also believed to help tighten pores.
3. Coconut Oil
An all-time favourite for skin care, non-processed coconut oil is very well known for its benefits. It is endowed with strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. It helps with strengthening the underlying dermal tissue, protects us from sunburn and is an exfoliating agent – removes dead skin cells.
Coconut oil is very often recommended by surgeons for post-surgery scars. Being an oil, it helps moisturize dry skin.
4. Raw Honey
A natural healer, honey has been used in traditional medicine to treat wounds and non-healing ulcers. Recent research has also supported its use for non-healing ulcers and even surgical wounds.
Honey is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activity and its ability to hydrate the skin. It is useful for preventing outbreaks, reducing scars, and provide moisture for the skin. Honey is also a good remedy for dandruff.
5. Raw Milk
An ingredient used extensively in my home for generations. Milk is made up of proteins, fat, B vitamins, calcium, lactic acid, biotin, and vitamin A to name a few. All these are very beneficial for skin health.
Raw milk baths have been around for ever for a reason. It helps cleanse and purify the skin, it nourishes the skin preventing dry and flaky skin. Milk boosts collagen formation, and maintains the elasticity of the skin .Its protein helps tissue repair and growth promoting wrinkle free skin. Lactic acid hydrates, nourishes and also fights free radicals preventing aging. It is very effective for dealing with pigmentation and patchy skin.
Also Read : On World Milk Day, Let’s Go Natural!
There are so many more kitchen ingredients that make a great skin therapy; even something as basic as sugar will work well on your skin.
All that is food gives us nutrients, eat clean and fresh, hydrate well, and exercise often and watch your skin and body live in a happy zone. So, raid you fridge and pantry –thoda khaao, thoda lagaao.
(Rupali Datta is a clinical nutritionist who has led teams in corporate hospitals. She has an in-depth knowledge of health care, food and nutrition – both in wellness and diseases. She has appeared as a food and health expert on various TV shows on BBC, NDTV, CNN IBN , AAJ TAK, DD, etc. She has also been associated with e-commerce food websites for which she has created health and nutrition content.)
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