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Food Items that are Good for Skin by Priyanka ,  Feb 14, 2013
Food. It's the giver of life, the bread to your literal butter. You need it. But just in the same way that certain foods can ruin your figure, some foods will ruin your skin -- and, conversely, adopting a healthy skin diet can make all the difference in the world.

Have you been spending load on creams, lotions, facials, etc. for that evasive perfect no-blemish glow on your skin?  Eating a balanced diet is the best way to get your supply of good food for healthy skin. Still, a number of specific skin treats are more likely than others to give a boost of glowing good health to your complexion and of course that much needed admiration. If you want truly gorgeous skin, we suggest you try some of these food items:

Citrus Fruits

Their high Vitamin C content, apart from adding that glow to the outer layer of your skin, also reduces the rate at which skin ages. The mild bleaching action of the citrus fruit juices helps in reducing skin pigmentation. They are also widely available and affordable. Have freshly made lemonade, whole oranges and sweet lime (mosambi) or add them to salads. Try and avoid readymade juices as they have huge amounts of unwanted sugar in them.

Nuts

They are rich in Vitamin E which is the most important antioxidant required for your skin. It protects your skin from damage and premature aging of the facial tissues. The best way to relish nuts and preserve all the health benefits is to eat them raw, unsalted, with the skins. Of course you can also add sliced almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts on salad or cereals. Even better you can eat them raw for a snack.

Green Tea

The anti-inflammatory properties found in in green tea are simply unbelievable. Counted among the healthiest of all drinks green tea helps prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer as well. So fill a big thermos with green tea in the morning, and sip it all day — hot at first, over ice later, if you like. Start today, and continue drinking green tea every day for the rest of the week.

Yoghurt/Curd

Yoghurt has many healthy enzymes and adds natural oils to the skin. It can diminish pore size, a frequent nuisance for the skin, and can improve the overall skin texture, besides adding a healthy glow to your skin. To make yoghurt a staple in your daily diet we recommend you replace mayonnaise and salad dressings with yoghurt or try replacing ice cream and milkshake with frozen yogurt and mixed fruit yoghurt smoothie.

Berries

Berries help the body manufacture collagen which makes the skin supple and smooth. Berries (especially blueberries) are loaded with antioxidant compounds that are very effective in neutralizing damaging free radicals caused by excessive UV exposure or from other sources. Rather than relying upon berries in baked desserts eating raw berries is recommended-because, like other fruits, raw berries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits.

Sesame seeds

They are rich in vitamin E which prevents free radical damage to the skin. They also contain copper which is necessary for the production of a certain type of antioxidants that protects the skin. Readily available in your kirana shop, you can start using it in your daily meals effortlessly. Add crunchy, roasted sesame seeds to steamed vegetables or paneer, or to sautéed or chicken curries. You can even add it to noodles, pasta or just use it as salad dressing. You can even add sesame seeds to dishes like dhoklas, kachoris or dal wadas or sprinkle it over various veggies like til bhindi or dum aloo.

Carrots

For the ultimate anti-ageing, wrinkle fighting boost, adding vegetables high in vitamin C, like carrots in your diet can greatly enhance its potential to protect and improve your skin. They are high in beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for healthy skin.

Indian Gooseberry (Aamla)

It has an incredibly high content of Vitamin C is incredibly beneficial for the complexion and can clean skin tissues of all kind of toxins. It also supports the immune system and moisturizes the skin all at the same time. You’ll find it at any local fruit seller. You can make amurabba [sugar syrup preparation] with either whole fruits or grated amla. You could also make an amla pickle that is tangy and spicy. In case you prefer a drink, you can choose Amlana, which is a cool appetizer, or an amla-ginger punch.

Water

While the exact amount you should drink each day varies, no one disputes the role good hydration plays in keeping skin looking healthy and even young. When that hydration comes from pure, clean water – not liquids such as soda or even soups – experts say skin cells rejoice.

Raw honey. I bow at the altar of honey. I'm not kidding, raw honey masks will change your skin. My friends are all tired of hearing about it, but here's why I'm so obsessed with raw honey: it is a natural antiseptic and is also antimicrobial, so it helps heal your skin while killing the bacteria that causes acne. It helps balance out oily skin while also keeping your skin moisturized. AND it can even out skin tone and red splotches (in my personal experience).  Basically, its a miracle worker, especially for sensitive skin. You can use it in one of two ways: either smear raw honey all over your face as a mask, or dab it on as a spot treatment. As a mask, leave the honey on for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. For best results, don't use a toner afterwards. This mask can be done daily.

Strawberries. Strawberries contain salicylic acid, which is a main ingredient in most drugstore cleansers and astringents! Who woulda thunk, huh? To use as a toner, slice up fresh strawberries and rub a few slices on your face to coat with strawberry juice. Wipe off with a warm wash cloth after a 10-15 minutes. Strawberries help tone and tighten skin. There are also a ton of variations of strawberry masks that can be made. Eating strawberries also helps fight acne!

Eggs. I love egg masks. I do them in two parts: Egg white mask followed by an egg yolk mask. Leave the egg white mask on until it dries completely, then wash off completely with warm water. Apply the egg yolk for another 10-15 minutes, then wipe off with a warm wash cloth. Egg whites are great for firming up skin. No joke, I can't move my face once an egg white mask has completely dried. However, when you wipe it off your skin will feel tight and dry. While this helps reduce redness and inflammation, the egg yolk mask helps moisturize and soften skin. Overall, its a great combo, and it works great if you do it right at the first sign of new zits (that's such an awful word, isn't it?). This is a great once or twice a week mask, and works well for combo/oily skin and is a godsend for PMS time.  Downside: dealing with raw eggs. If you're uncomfortable with that, there's plenty of other natural skin remedies to choose from!

Get Glowing with Chocolate

Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple, Dr. Bank says. "And dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant," adds Nicholas Perricone, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that's at least 70 percent cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity. "When applied topically, the caffeine in chocolate may temporarily reduce skin puffiness," says Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles and the author of Feed Your Face.

Sip your way to healthy skin. Green tea's high on the list of skin-friendly beverages thanks to its impressive storehouse of polyphenols. Aim for four cups throughout your day.

Reach for tomatoes. A German study found that lycopene-rich tomato paste helped participants prevent sunburn when they combined it with olive oil, daily for ten weeks. Besides being a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes are considered a high-carotenoid fruit. These nutrients may help slow down cellular damage from free radicals.

Slow down aging with salmon. Salmon contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity, so you'll have fewer fine lines.

Try walnuts. Looking to add Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet but not a fan of fish? Walnuts are a rich source of Omega-3s, which help put shine in your hair and aid in making skin smoother and younger looking.
Spinach. This food doesn’t just make you strong like Popeye. It’s also rich in the same Vitamin A properties that broccoli has so it’s good for your skin as well. You never saw Popeye looking like he had dry, aged skin did you?!

Oranges. Just like with grapefruits, these are great for the skin because they are so rich in Vitamin C.

Brussel Sprouts. Most people think that you have to eat citrus fruits to get Vitamin C but there are a few vegetables out there that have it as well. Brussel sprouts are a good one for the skin. Peas are another option.

Whole wheat. Another ingredient in some foods that is really good for your skin is selenium. This is found in whole wheat cereals, breads and baked goods. This improves the skin at a cellular level and keeps you looking young and beautiful.
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