Dr Rekha Sheth on Food for Glowing Skin & Hair
ICYMI it’s #WellnessMonth at Le Mill! We brought you healthy treats, and brought you closer to fitness experts like Cindy Jourdain, but we also want to leave you with some DIY tips. So we decided to ask skincare specialist and one of India’s leading cosmetologists, Dr Rekha Sheth, for foods that help give you glowing skin. Here’s her guide:
Snack on Fruits
“Fruits, especially all berries like strawberries, blueberries…pack in a lot of vitamins, the essential B complex group, and lots of antioxidants.” It visibly helps hydration and overall smoothness. Also, work in acai berries and seed oils (such as blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries) into your diet. Vitamin C is essential not just in your diet, but also in your skincare routine.
Say Yes to Yoghurt
“It has proteins as well as probiotics which boost immunity. It’s good for both skin and hair,” says Dr Sheth. Topical application of yogurt helps immensely too. It’s known to have anti-aging properties which naturally reduce fine lines and wrinkles – whip up an at-home yogurt face mask. The lactic acid it contains gently deals with dead skin and tightens pores.
Trust Greens for Glow
“Green, leafy vegetables, like spinach pack in vitamins C, E, betacarotene as well as iron.” Popeye was doing something right. Greens are big source of lutein, a powerful antioxidant which boosts hydration, helps improve elasticity and protects against sun damage. The vitamin C found in many green leafy vegetables helps the body produce collagen, a key factor in maintaining healthy skin and hair as you age.
Be Biased Towards Sprouts
“Sprouts are a good source of protein, B complex vitamins, dietary fibre, minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium – all these are good for skin as well as hair,” says Dr Sheth.
Lastly, Go (Have) Nuts!
“Almonds have omega-3, flavonoids, and vitamin E which is good for skin and selenium and manganese which is good for your hair.” As they say, good things come in small packages.