#Superfoods for the #face

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-5-02-54-pmEvery skin has a story to tell. The outside coat reflects the inside reality. While consuming the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones can make or break a skin, using the right foods on the surface of the skin can also do wonders. And it gets better if they are superfoods with enhanced capability.

Gritty glow

The best thing about oats as a beauty product is that it works for all skin types. Oatmeal face packs are brilliant for skin whitening and lightening. One can use honey and almond milk as combinations for a good oatmeal pack. Since oatmeal is gritty in nature, it makes a good scrub for the face or when bathing.

Best for Acne-prone skin, as it absorbs oil from the skin’s surface

Age busters

Acai berries are an excellent source of antioxidants and their anti-ageing properties help prevent free radicals from attacking and damaging your cells. Mix a cup of mashed strawberries with acai berry powder and apply on clean, damp skin for great results.

Best for Fighting signs of ageing as the berries have anti-ageing properties

Tone up

Apple cider vinegar is extremely good at removing dead skin and also makes for a great toner. Mix 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water and store it in the fridge. Use 2-3 drops of this potion as a toner every night before bedtime to tighten up your skin.

Best for Removing dead skin and toning

Masked beauty

The healthy properties of avocado have made avocado face mask treatments very popular over the last few years. Avocado battles dry skin and adds moisture because it contains vitamins A and E, both of which have antioxidant properties.

Best for Fighting dry skin, ageing, and lacklustre skin

Soothing agent

Using cool green tea bags on the skin has been proved to reduce the damage of sunburns and overexposure to ultraviolet light, which, in turn, reduces skin ageing and increases collagen in skin. Cool two used green tea bags in the fridge for 30 min and use on tired eyes. Also brewed green tea or ground leaves can be used in DIY face masks or rinses.

Best for Removing puffy eyes, dark circles, as it’s rich in vitamin K

Natural hydrator

Chia seeds are rich in fibre, protein, vitamin E and omega fatty acids. Chia seeds is an important ingredient for many hydrating creams and serums. Ground chia seeds mixed with melted coconut oil is a great skin serum.

Best for Skin hydration

— Inputs from Dr Apratim Goel, dermatologist & laser surgeon, Dr Soma Sarkar, dermatologist

What not to do…

In addition to consuming therapeutic quantities of superfoods like green tea, blueberries, all kinds of seeds and ancient grains, one should also strike out certain foods that trigger bad skin reactions. These ingredients include sugar, white flour, saturated fats and fried foods, which are especially bad for the skin, since they can trap oil and bacteria beneath the skin, causing acne and other skin ailments.

Amaranth is part of many facial oil brands for skincare. It fights DNA-damaging free radicals with antioxidant vitamin E and keeps skin hydrated.

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