Try These Superfoods For Radiant Skin This Winter
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As temperatures plummet, our cosy blankets, fuzzy clothes and warming, decadent foods come to our rescue. While we have many foods that help us sail through the seasonal infections and viruses, what suffers the most is our skin. The cold and harsh weather tends to cast a dry spell on our skin and lips. Our face loses its glow and radiance. The skin gets dry and flaky, while the lips become chapped. No amount of moisturiser helps it get back the glow and sheen. Experts suggest keeping our body hydrated to maintain the body’s water balance and help our skin stay supple. Various studies have proved that drinking enough water (and other fluids) helps flush out toxins and purifies blood, which further gives a natural glow to the skin. 

It is important to maintain a balanced diet to load up on every essential nutrient. There are many fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants and protect the skin cells from getting damaged. In today’s environment, where pollution levels are at a constant rise, and our lives are stressed all the time, our skin is bound to get adversely affected, leading to early wrinkling and dull skin, etc. And this is where the seasonal produce comes into play. Packed with essential nutrients to prevent seasonal health issues, fruits and veggies of the winter season are a must in our regular diet. 

Here, we have curated a list of Indian superfoods that are seasonal and help promote overall skin health:  

1. Carrot 

The crunchy red carrots come loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin C, beta carotene and more, which are known to help flush out toxins, produce collagen and strengthen skin. This increases the glow from within. Carrots can be consumed raw as is, tossed in a salad, or you can juice it too.

2. Spinach 

A storehouse of nutrients - such as Vitamin A, C, and E - besides having anti-inflammatory properties and more, spinach is known to help prevent the skin from oxidative stress, inflammation and viral effects. Experts have also suggested that it protects skin from ageing, dryness, and dark spots. You can enjoy palak in the form of Palak Ki Sabzi, Palak Paratha, and even a healthy Spinach Smoothie. 

3. Pomegranate 

Pomegranate boasts an anti-microbial effect on our skin, which helps treat acne, combat breakouts, soothes irritation, and is known to balance the oil levels in the skin. This fruit is best consumed as is, but you can also add it to your salad or make juice out of it.  

4. Orange

Orange has been hailed by nutritionists and health experts as one of the best winter fruits. It is a treasure trove of antioxidants, and comes loaded with Vitamin C, both of which can do wonders for your skin. Have it as is or squeeze the juice and drink it up.