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Let your skin glow

A glowing skin is the most visible feature of your personality and is also considered one of the signs of good health. In studies of romantic and sexual attraction, radiant skin is cited as a parameter.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2010 14:07 IST
shikha sharma

BeautyA glowing skin is one of the most visible features of your personality and is also considered one of the signs of good health. In many studies of romantic and sexual attraction, radiant skin is cited as a parameter. So it’s no wonder that a good complexion is something that most women desire.



Before I get into the foods that can make your skin glow, here are some reasons why you may have dull or bad skin.

If you scrimp on sleep, you are likely to end up with bags under your eyes, dark circles and early wrinkling.

Lack of sun exposure and too much sun exposure can both spoil your skin. The sun’s rays provide vitamin D and therefore you need some amount of it for the health of your skin. However, you should not expose your face to the sun. Cover your face with a high SPF cream, and expose your limbs to the sun instead. Even so, make sure none of your skin is exposed during peak sunlight hours. Enjoy the sun only in the early morning.

Alcohol and cigarettes are the top skin spoilers as they cause dehydration. In addition, smoking results in the shrinking of capillary blood supply to the delicate areas of facial skin, leading to early wrinkling.

Over-consumption of tea or coffee is likely to cause acidity and dehydration, leading to early wrinkling. However, two cups a day of either beverage should be all right.

If you use too much make-up, foundation and so on, and do not remove it diligently before going to sleep, the skin does not get time to breathe. Clogged pores are likely to lead to skin problems.

Anxiety, plus a genetic tendency towards hyper-allergic states leads to skin allergies.

The use of strong creams and fragrances during periods of high anxiety or during the pollen and windy season can cause skin problems. Now that you know what can spoil your complexion, here’s what can make it glow.

Apples are good because of their vitamins and pectin. Pectin helps absorb unhealthy oils and toxins from the skin and also helps the liver to neutralise skin-damaging toxins.

Fruits like pomegranates, oranges, lemons and keenu have vitamin C that helps to fight the ageing of your skin. Vitamin C builds the elasticity that is essential for soft, supple, non-wrinkled skin.

Broccoli, spinach, green leafy vegetables and salads provide several vitamins including precursors for vitamin A, which is essential for skin repair.

Carrots, tomatoes and red vegetables – the pigment lycopene found in these vegetables is essential for skin repair.

Almonds, sunflower seeds and flaxseeds contain vital oils required for nourishing the skin. A juice that contains tomato, carrot, ginger, mint and lauki combines several vital vitamins and also has antioxidants that fight skin-damaging free radicals.