Bride’s Guide: Ginger to Turmeric, Superfoods for Glowing and Radiant Skin this Festive Season
Sleepless nights, endless wedding prep-related fights and too many rites can cause major troubles to a bride’s life! Here is a list of superfoods to combat all your skin-related woes. Thanks us, later!
To-be brides, take note! As we dive into yet another festive season, with endless dance rehearsals, stressful moments, outfit appointments and heaps of makeup, there is no room for neglecting your skin because what you consume can have a direct impact on how you look on your big day and the celebrations that will follow. You are what you eat! This holds true for every individual. The key here is to intake a major portion of superfoods on a daily basis rather than constantly indulging in processed foods or those that are high in sugar and fat. Your dietary choices can show up in the form of dull and aged skin alongside other problems such as acne, dryness and eye-bags. Here is a list of superfoods – available at any and every grocery store – that will help towards a glowing, radiant and forever young complexion. Most of them, you’ll find in your kitchen already!
For every kind of skin
It contains Gingerol, a substance with powerful and natural medicinal properties. The spice is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are found in the root of the vegetable. It can have a soothing effect on day your skin is not well-rested and has been through too much.
Who doesn’t love them? They provide a rich amount of omega-3 fatty acids and work best when consumed for breakfast. Omega-3 fatty acids help provide building blocks for healthy skin cell function and also foster collagen production to keep the skin foundation both strong and wrinkle free. Top tip: Sprinkle them over your favourite smoothie, cereal or porridge and you’re good to go!
The fruit comprises lycopene, an anti-aging antioxidant that will keep your skin looking tight, fresh and healthy. Lycopene is more easily absorbed by your body when it's cooked, so make sure to include it in your salads, chicken and beef meals.
For acne-prone skin
Morning risers, this one is for you! Put together a bowl of plain oats in the AM and your skin will thank you. This food is low on the glycemic index and hence helps to control blood sugar, prevent inflammation and spontaneous pimple breakouts. If you have a sweet tooth, you can drizzle a little bit of honey over the oats.
For oily skin
This one does the trick and satisfies your taste buds too! There's no reason to go carb-free just because you're after perfect skin. Sweet potatoes are a great option because of their high levels of vitamin A, which helps to reduce oil production in the skin and beneficial in treating acne. Carrots are another great vitamin A option for pink and hydrated skin.
We know everyone loves cinnamon rolls, toast and croissants! However, the spice contains properties that will help keep your skin flawless in the long run. Cinnamon is great for stimulating circulation and blood flow, which bring oxygen and nutrients directly to the skin. It can also help stabilise and balance blood sugar levels, which is important when stress levels are at their peak. Add a dash of cinnamon to your coffee, tea or lukewarm water and your skin will be in heaven!
For dry skin
Avocados: Bring on the guac! High levels of healthy oils and vitamin E, both of which are found in avocados, provide the building blocks for healthy skin cell function. They may also help improve barrier function and hydration, both of which are extremely essential during wedding season.
Fish it! It contains B12, which plays a major role in skin cell reproduction. When you're lacking the vitamin, it often causes dry, rough and patchy skin. Selenium is necessary if you want your body to produce an antioxidant called glutathione, which aids in the skin's barrier function. Sardines are also high in phosphorus, protein, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which keep your skin hydrated and radiant.
For wrinkles and fine lines
While an apple a day may keep the doctor away, an egg a day will surely keep the dermatologist away! Egg whites comprise a high quantity in amino acids (lysine and proline) as well as collagen itself. So adding egg whites to your breakfast and they will do the job for you. They help to support your body's natural production of collagen and fight fine lines. IF you do not like eggs, go for peanuts because they are super-rich in lysine too.
YUM! It’s packed with protein, is yummy in salads and has a flavour loved by all. Its high levels of riboflavin make it a forever favourite. Riboflavin helps in your skin's elasticity and the production of connective tissue, which helps even things out and makes fine lines and wrinkles look less prominent.
Sleepless nights, endless wedding prep-related fights and too many rites can cause major troubles to a bride’s life! Leafy greens like spinach, kale and collard greens, along with broccoli and Brussels sprouts, are rich in vitamin K, a powerhouse nutrient when it comes to improving blood circulation and coagulation. Spinach is also loaded with zinc, which has been shown to help reduce inflammation and help prevent acne breakouts. Spinach contains zeaxanthin, a naturally-occurring antioxidant that protects skin and helps even out skin tone."
For dark spots
It’s orange season! Dark spots are caused by extra pigment production due to UV light exposure. Topical antioxidants like vitamin C have been shown to help calm inflammation, brighten dark spots and even your skin complexion. Foods like oranges, tangerines and grapefruits are the best! Avoid serums and creams and opt for these fruits instead!
Wedding bells are ringing! Another food high in vitamin C, Bell peppers can help smooth out your skin and lighten the appearance of any dark spots caused by the overproduction of pigmentation. Broccoli, cauliflower and berries, however, are also high on the vitamin C list.
For worn-out and dull skin
If your skin is looking a little dreary and colourless, now is the time to fix it! Paprika provides a great source of antioxidants, including vitamin C and E, and beneficial carotenoids like zeaxanthin.
We know you were waiting for this one! Last but not the least, this one is available in every desi household and a common staple for all brides to be. It contains curcumin, an antioxidant that fights free radicals that are seriously dulling your skin. It also promotes collagen synthesis and can help renew the skin by acting as a stimulator for skin elasticity and firmness, getting rid of blemishes, wrinkles and fine lines. It’s good to rub on your skin, make haldi doodh out of it or stir up a smoothie! Use it thrice a week and you will be grateful.