It is probably perceived as a cliché but still it is also a well-proven fact that your diet affects the health and appearance of your skin.
Want good skin? Watch your diet! Your diet should constitute higher intakes of vitamin C and lower intakes of fats and carbohydrates.
Further, your skin type, be it vatta, kapha or pita, ought to determine the foods you consume daily and those you make every effort to avoid. (Please see Express February 28)
While we may know that fruits and vegetables are beneficial to our skin's appearance, we should also be aware of which fruits and vegetables will bring the greatest rewards and returns to our specific type of skin.
Often times we simply believe that the insertion of fruits and vegetables to our regular diets should automatically improve our skin's appearance. This holds true to an extent, however specific skin types require specific food and nutritional intakes.
Vitamin C also known as ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength.
Additionally it assists in the creation of scar tissue and ligaments and helps the skin to repair itself.
As an antioxidant, it slows the rate of free-radical-damage (molecules that damage the collagen) that causes skin damage, fine lines and wrinkles.
Finally, Vitamin C also reduces the affects of sunburn and or sun damage. For these reasons, your diet ought to include vitamin C.
The top ten foods highest in Vitamin C are: red/green hot chilli peppers, guava, bell peppers, fresh herbs like thyme and parsley, dark leafy greens, broccoli/cauliflower, kiwi, papayas, oranges and strawberries.
Carbohydrates and Fats ought to be reduced within your daily diet.
This is due to the fact that high quantities of animal fat can increase the body's production of free radicals and cause premature aging of the skin.
Although your skin requires some fat, choose those that benefit your skin such as nuts and olive oil which can strengthen cell membranes and create a dewier supple complexion. Unsaturated fats are best suited to the diet and complement the skin.
To avoid break outs select complex-carbohydrates like whole grains and pasta.
The epidermis, the top layer of the skin is most susceptible to what we eat. Whole-grains are a good source of selenium, a chemical that is helpful in clearing up and preventing acne.
The anti-oxidant mineral, selenium is also found in pasta and this mineral also brings elasticity to the skin, the thickness of the skin is reduced.
It is a good idea to wear your food on your face and a better one once the food you consume bears gifts of suppleness, elasticity and illumination.
Ngozi Liverpool is a
Professional Certified Skin Consultant,
specialising in skins with