(Updated on 15 February 2020, by Shilpa Gupte)
We read so much about beauty treatments that claim to help us achieve the skin of our dreams, a la the glamorous women on the screen. How we wish we had that glow, that radiance that sets a thousand hearts aflutter!
But, seldom do we realize that what we see on the screen could very well be the airbrushing carried out to hide the flaws and make the women appear perfect, even when they are not!
In the desire to get the skin and the beauty of those screen goddesses, we try and look for the secret to healthy beautiful skin everywhere we can to transform ourselves into Ms.Beautiful or Ms. Young Forever.
Not only do we spend precious money on stuff that might work only on the outside, but also put our health at risk from using chemicals that aren’t supposed to be applied to our gentle skin.
Beautiful skin is NOT a result of beauty products or treatments at the salons.
Beautiful skin is a result of what we eat, how well we take care of our health from the inside and how little chemicals we use.
The skin that we see on the models in glamour magazines or the silver screen is NOT genuine. It’s all made up, with the help of makeup and lighting, and of course, technology! If you took a closer look at those ladies without their makeup on, you would be appalled to see what you do!
The real secret to healthy, beautiful skin lies in something else!
Your skin is a reflection of your gut health. So, work on improving your digestion, and stay away from harmful chemicals.
It’s as simple as that!
All it takes is some changes in your mindset and your grocery list. Oh, and also, reducing the chemicals from your skin care products!
Sharing today, some simple ways to make these changes and some recipes to incorporate foodstuffs that are betterskin care products than the cosmetics you buy from your chemist.
6 SIMPLE WAYS TO HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL SKIN:
1. ADD BRIGHT COLOURED VEGGIES TO YOUR FOOD PLATE:
Vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, beetroots, spinach all contain antioxidants apart from precious vitamins, fiber, minerals that take care of your health from within.
Antioxidants are the army of protectors that guard our cells against damage from harmful molecules known as free radicals. Let’s not go into those scientific details, but just focus on including these bright colored veggies in our food palette, for, these also add color to our cheeks!
Doing this is really simple. All you need to do is go for salads, soups or juices (all homemade) to benefit from these superpowers! If, like me, you prefer simple recipes that need very less time to cook, then do read these recipes I share below. Trust me, these take just 15-20 minutes of cook time!
2. HAVE A CUP OR TWO OF YOGURT EVERY DAY:
Yogurt, or curd, consists of live bacteria that help keep our gut healthy and free of toxins. And, as I said, a healthy gut is the secret to beautiful skin. It also improves your immunity and safeguards you from infections.
If plain yogurt is boring, then opt for raitas made of curd and colorful veggies like pumpkin or spinach. These, too, are easy and quick to prepare recipes , cooling for the system, easy to digest and beautiful for your skin.
It’s easy to set curd at home. You really need not get everything readymade. Moreover, the homemade stuff will always be a lot more hygienic, wholesome and fresh compared to its readymade counterparts.
3. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR WATER INTAKE:
How boring it is reading over and over again that we must drink those 8 to 10 glasses of water every day, isn’t it? But, there is a lot of sense in those words!
Water is the natural moisturizer and gut cleanser that gives us healthy, beautiful skin. Remember how, when you were young and had to suffer from those awful pimples and acne, how mom or grandmom would say, “Maybe you have a poor digestive system! Drink lots of water, dear, and clean your system!”
Water helps in breaking down the food you eat and softens it so that your body can absorb it better. It also helps soften the stools and prevents painful constipation, thus taking care of your gut health.
If keeping track of your water intake is a problem, then set alarms on your smartphone to remind you 8 to 10 times in a day to have a drink …of water! 😉 Ta-da! Your problem is sorted!
Read Drink enough water.
4. WORK OUT A SWEAT:
Exercising not only helps improve your heart health but also gives a good workout to every organ of the body which in turn reflects on our skin. Our intestines work better which results in good digestion, and the sweat helps throw out the toxins, giving us a clear skin.
Also, exercising improves the blood circulation and helps in producing the natural antioxidants which protect our cells from damage. Finally, exercising releases the happy hormones (dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin) that, in turn, reflects on your face.
Keep the workout simple and easy, though. Take into consideration your age, flexibility, capability and daily schedule and then select an exercise regimen, and stick to it. It’s a matter of some days before it becomes a habit, a much-needed lifestyle change.
5. KEEP IT NATURAL:
As in, opt for natural ingredients to look after your skin from outside instead of going in for costly skincare products and treatments. These are loaded with chemicals that you can’t even pronounce! You will know when you read the ingredients on the packaging.
Kitchen ingredients, on the other hand, make for better skincare products: body and face scrubs, cleansers and moisturizers, lotions etc. They don’t contain any chemicals and do not have any side-effects, either. You just need to experiment as to which of these suit your skin type.
6 SLEEP AWAY YOUR TROUBLES:
Sleep is the best of all! 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted beauty sleep every night gives our skin the rest and relaxation it needs to rejuvenate itself. The freshness we see the morning after tells us how well we have slept.
Having trouble sleeping? No problem! I have it covered.
One last tip:
Keep it simple and natural. Refrain from pampering your skin too much. It’s a piece of advice my mum always gives me. Less pampering means your skin stays healthier and stronger with the help of the actual tonic it needs – FOOD!
If you provide the right manure and nutrients to a plant, it grows well and gives you beautiful blossoms. Simply planting it in a designer vase will not help it stay healthy and beautiful, will it? In the same way, taking care of your skin from the inside will ensure a bright and beautiful skin from the outside.
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