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Simple steps to glowing skin

Simple steps to glowing skin

 

It's not a bad idea after all to go bare faced sometimes, but make sure you have healthy and glowing skin. Ensure drinking water and using sunscreen to get that glow.

 

Here are some tips to boost your skin's health :

 

Drink lots of water:

Every system and function in our body depends on water. Skin is no different. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling, so ensure you take in enough water to reach your skin and keep it hydrated. Two to three litres a day is usually about right.

 

Multi-task:

Looking after your skin doesn't have to stop at home, so carry a multi-tasking quick-fix with you in your handbag for dewy skin on the go. A water spray can be used to cool and calm even the most sensitive complexions. Not only does it tone the skin, but it can also be used to set make-up and refresh skin on a hot day, as well as soothing and softening skin on the go.

 

Always remove make-up:

It sounds obvious, but one in five women still admit to sleeping with make-up on when away from home. During summer nights, one is naturally warmer and sweatier and if make-up is left on overnight, and bacteria is more likely to develop, leaving pores blocked and resulting in an increased chance of waking up with bad skin outbreaks - whether spots or dry patches.

 

Stick to products meant for your skin:

The internet can give out weird and wonderful information, but not all of it is accurate. Be aware that not everything you read will work. A common mistake is using toothpaste on spots - toothpaste is meant for your teeth which are one of the hardest surfaces in your body. Using a product on your skin which is actually intended for the teeth will damage your skin and cause it to completely dry out.

 

Wear SPF throughout the year:

It's easy to assume that just because the sun isn't out, you don't need to use a product with SPF in it. But UVA rays are constantly present, no matter the season or the weather and these are the ones that cause the skin to age because they are able to penetrate much deeper into the surface of the skin, damaging the cells beneath.

 

Source: Times Of India.

 

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10 foods bad for your skin

With growing awareness, people have become more health as well as beauty conscious. In this aesthetic-loving age, it is very essential to let people know that what they consider 'aesthetic' is also related to their skin.

Importantly, manifestations of your nutritional status as well as body's nutritional needs reflect on the skin's health.

Foods that disturb water balance
Dehydration causes drying of the skin. Wrinkling is a common side effect of lack of moisture in the skin. Dehydration and acne are interlinked because drying of skin and dead skin cells coming together cause acne.

 

Excess salt
Excess salt retains additional fluid in the body causing swelling and a puffy look to the skin. The skin texture is spoilt on prolonged salt abuse. Papads, pickles, salted foods, table salt, brined/canned food products are the potential sources of salt to the body.

 

Excess caffeine
Caffeine is a known stimulant which increase the cortisol production in the body and enhances the ageing process by thinning the skin. This dehydrates the skin and even leads to wrinkling. In addition, caffeine is a diuretic which further increases the risk of dehydration. So beware when you decide to go for an additional helping of coffee, tea or chocolates too!

 

Alcohol
Alcohol inhibits the Anti-Diuretic Hormone secretion thus causing dehydration. Furthermore, it also causes vasodilatation, which then leads to excess water loss through the skin.

 

Foods with high glycemic load
These foods cause drastic fluctuations in the blood sugar. This leads to excess secretion of insulin and androgens during the high and low bouts respectivel. A major reason to contribute to surplus sebum production, enhanced skin cell division and aggregation of dead skin cells - leading to acne.

 

Excess sugar
Not literally only sugar, but even jaggery and honey!

 

Aerated beverages
Aerated drinks can be nightmarish for the skin. Exceptions are the so-called diet-cokes and the family. But their caffeine content makes them the villains for skin health.

 

Processed foods
Refined or processed foods like maida (refined flour) and its products, canned and sweetened fruits and juices are low in fiber content, thus increasing the glycemic load. Moreover the processed foods are often high in their salt/sodium content. As a by-product of processing, these also lose the nutrients of the parent food products important for skin health.

 

Foods that enhance free-radical production
Free radicals are known to disrupt the skin's structure by destroying collagen and elastin; the fibres that support the skin structure. They also cause damage at the cellular level by disturbing the DNA structure.

 

Red meat
Consumption of red meat, especially fat-laden parts can lead to inflammatory reactions. This is by the virtue of saturated fat content of meats. In excess, free radicals generated overpowers the anti-oxidation capacity of the free radical scavengers in the body.

 

Fried foods and hydrogenated fat
Excess heat application like during frying of foods and production of hydrogenated fat (margarine, vanaspati ghee) leads to oxidation of fatty acids and destruction of anti-oxidant nutrients like vitamin E, omega-3 fats present in the oils/fat.

 

Excess use of artificial sweeteners/colours/flavours
These chemicals lodge into our systems and are difficult to flush out of our body. Overuse and inability to flush them out in time could be the pre-cursor for free radical production.

 

Crash diets
Crash diets affect skin health through all the 3 mechanisms discussed before. Dehydration is a side effect of crash dieting. Studies suggest that consuming lot of water throughout this phase barely helps and this is because body doesn't retain water due to nutritional deprivation and lack of balanced meals.

Crash diets are known to cause dramatic fluctuations in blood sugar levels, no wonder acnes are so common amongst anorexics and bulemics.

Skin requires antioxidant nutrients (Vitamins A, C, E, zinc, selenium, etc.) that scavenge the free radicals.


Source : Times Of India.

6 Foods for Healthy Hair

While eating healthy for good skin is a known fact, did you know that your hair can also reap the benefits?

Shampoos and conditioners can do only so much — what you eat is even more important. Experts say that the nutrients you consume help fortify your hair follicles as well as your scalp. Here are some foods that are known to do wonders for your tresses...

Salmon
Packed with vitamin D and protein, which make your hair stronger, the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon help your body grow hair. Other sources of essential fatty acids include sardines, trout, avocado and pumpkin seeds.

 

Walnuts
Walnuts have good amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin and vitamin E, that help protect your cells from DNA damage. And since your hair is rarely covered, walnuts are great protection. Very little biotin leads to hair loss. Walnuts also contain copper, which helps you keep your natural hair colour rich.

 

Spinach
Spinach contains iron, beta carotene, folate and vitamin C, which are known to keep hair follicles healthy and also ensure that scalp oils are circulated well.

 

Eggs
The protein in eggs plus minerals like zinc, selenium, sulphur and iron are good for your hair. Iron helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles. When one is anaemic (inadequate iron), it causes hair loss. Other iron sources include chicken and fish.

 

Blueberries
Blueberries contain vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for hair. It helps circulation to the scalp and also supports the blood vessels that feed the follicles. When your body doesn't get enough vitamin C, it leads to hair breakage. Other options include kiwis, tomatoes and strawberries.

 

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes helps produce vitamin A, and produce oils that sustain your scalp. Inadequate vitamin A levels can result in an itchy scalp and dandruff problems. Other foods that help include carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin and apricots.


Source :Times Of India.
 

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