I’m a big believer of the saying ” You are what you eat.” As a dermatologist, I always advise my patients to eat fresh, and eat local. I’m a huge believer in how your diet, state of mind and skincare routine ALL play a role in how healthy your skin is. So take a look at these list of superfoods that fuel a healthy body and mind, but also solve your biggest skin concerns.
For All Skintypes
Ginger: Ginger is best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are found in the root of the spice. Not to mention studies show ginger can have a soothing effect on skin, so don’t be surprised when you see it on facial menus, too. Add it to your daily cup of masala chai or to your food.
Chia seeds: A top-notch smoothie ingredient, sprinkling these little guys into your morning meal means you’re netting one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Tomatoes: A staple in most Indian dishes, this salad favourite is great for your skin. It’s a natural detoxifier and one of the best sources of lycopene, an anti-ageing antioxidant that may also help prevent heart disease.
For Acne-Prone Skin
Oatmeal: Swap sugary cereal for a bowl of plain, rolled oats for your breakfast and your skin will thank you. This food is low on the glycaemic index, and is high on fibre which is good for your system and your skin!
For Oily Skin
Sweet potatoes: They are a great option because of their high levels of vitamin A. “Vitamin A derivatives have been shown to help reduce oil production in the skin and are used to treat acne.
Cinnamon: The basic spice is great for stimulating circulation and blood flow. No wonder it’s used in so many lip plumping products. Instead of applying it, add a pinch of it to your coffee or smoothie
For Dry Skin
Avocados: Thanks to it being a powerhouse of Omega 3, vitamin E, it’s great for your skin. The easiest way to eat it is to add it on your toast or to eat it as a mid-day snack.
For Ageing Skin
Egg whites: Have your share of eggs in the week. Egg whites, in particular, are high in amino acids like lysine and proline (amino acids), as well as collagen itself. These actives stimulate collagen production and keep fine lines and wrinkles in check!