Come Summer, and the rising mercury begins to take a toll on your looks, slowly but surely. From that inevitable tan to greasy skin, acne breakouts, spots and patches and dull, dried out hair, not looking (or feeling) your best is often accepted as an unavoidable part of the package. However, it doesn’t have to be. Your kitchen pantry or the food aisles of the nearest supermarket are loaded with miracle foods that can tackle all your summer skin woes and restore that radiant glow:
Known as the king of dates, this melt-in-your-mouth variety is a powerhouse of nutrients. Adding a handful of Medjool dates to your diet can instantly banish acne and give your skin a radiant glow. With continued use, the high content of vitamins C and D in these dates can improve skin elasticity and prevent melanin accumulation, which helps is delaying skin ageing.
Packed with antioxidants, pomegranate is a superfruit with myriad health benefits. While it is well-known that eating pomegranate can slow down skin aging and add a radiant glow to your face, it is also effective in combating skin troubles like hyper-pigmentation, dark spots, and fine lines when applied topically. Juice from pomegranate kernels stimulates the skin to produce more collagen, thereby, accelerating its regenerating and self-healing abilities.
Avocado is a super fruit that can heal your body, inside and out. Apart from being known as a rich source of nutrient-rich monounsaturated fatty acids, avocados also have a dense concentration of biotin that can work wonders in strengthening hair follicles and add a natural sheen to the hair, besides treating brittle nails and dry skin. Applying a layer of avocado pulp can instantly hydrate summer-parched skin.
With a mix of skin-friendly nutrients such as vitamins B6, C, E, and K, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and potassium, figs can well be the one-stop-solution for all your skin and hair problems. The high concentration of nutrients in this fruit improves blood circulation to the skin and scalp, which helps in improving the skin’s texture. Applying a fig mask to your face can help in calming down breakouts and reducing acne spots, as the fruit extract offers instant hydration and combats trans-epidermal water loss, sebum and melanin significantly.
Skin problems like puffy eyes, dry skin, dark circles and acne spots worsen with the onset of summer. Of course, staying hydrated in the key to not let the heat take a toll on your body. Give your body and skin some deep replenishment by replacing a regular glass of water with detox water that can be prepared by soaking some cut up citrus fruits such as tangerines, lemons, oranges and berries in a pitcher of water with ice overnight. This citrus-infused water is rich in de-limonene, an anti-inflammatory compound that can flush out toxins from your pores, improve the skin’s moisture content, making it soft and supple.