Is the scorching heat one to be blamed for your tired-looking skin? Try these four foods that can help regain that healthy glow to your skin.
Come summer and most of us are running indoors to stay away from the harsh heat. From dehydration to low energy to damaged skin, the harsh heat seems to completely drain us out. It is times like these that require us to pay extra attention to our skin, hair and body which tend to look drier, duller and damaged than ever. Besides following a strict beauty regime, eating a balanced diet is of utmost importance, since skin is our largest organ and it is also the first to show nutrient deficiency. One should indulge in hydrating, raw and high fibre foods that not only help your insides cool down but also help flush out toxins easily.
A miracle food for those who suffer with skin and hair problems due to internal heating of the body, is Neem. It is much needed in your diet and can be consumed as a supplement. Packed with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, Neem helps in purifying and clearing toxins from the blood hence, leaving you with clean, radiant and healthy looking skin. Besides cleaning your face, it is also known to help strengthen one’s immune system against infections, improve metabolism and rid your body of bacterial deposits internally. Alternatively, one can also try both Amla and/or Aloe Vera capsules which not only help you get lustrous hair and clean skin but also give relief from common problems like cough, cold, sore throat, flu, etc.
One may be surprised to hear the unique skin and hair benefits that pure honey has to offer. Loaded with nutrients, anti-oxidants and healing compounds, honey is a natural humectant that helps draw moisture from the air into the skin and ensures that it leaves you with soft, supple, long-lasting hydrated skin. Honey is also a wonderful ingredient to treating and preventing acne. Dab honey on acne-prone areas before sleeping and wake up to clearer looking skin. Honey also makes for a great hair conditioner. The enzymes and nutrients found in pure honey shine up your hair without weighing it down. To get back that lost lustre you crave, mix coconut oil with honey, apply on damp hair and rinse it off within 3-4 minutes.
Green tea, also known as a ‘super-drink’, is highly beneficial for your hair, body and skin when applied directly. Containing high amounts of anti-oxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids, it helps improve skin complexion by healing blemishes and scars, reducing inflammation and flushing out toxins. Further on, green tea is also rich in Vitamin K and tannins that help lighten (dark) eye circles and shrink blood vessels underneath the eyes. Refrigerate two used green tea bags for an hour, place them on your closed eyelids, sit back and relax for a refreshed look. In addition, the catechins found in green tea are anti-bacterial agents that fight against acne-causing bacteria. To get rid of acne, apply freshly brewed green tea and water on the affected area, allow it to sit for 10 minutes and rinse off. Follow this routine twice a week for best results.
Who said olive oil can only be used in cooking? A popular ingredient in the cosmetic industry, olive oil has various skin benefits. Known to regenerate skin cells gradually, it is rich in anti-oxidants, natural fatty acids, minerals and vitamins that help prevent skin ageing, soften appearance of wrinkles and rejuvenates one’s skin. Further on, olive oil comes with the added goodness of Vitamin E and A which hydrate, maintain elasticity and softness of the skin. When applied on the scalp, it also helps, nourish, soften and strengthen hair roots hence, decreasing hair fall. Apply olive oil generously on your face, neck and hair after a day of sun damage and see the difference for yourself in a few days!
Founder and Director at GAIA