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Fruits and the Quest for Healthy Skin –Part 1

Fruits and the Quest for Healthy Skin –Part 1As the New Year begins, a lot of New Year resolutions will come to the fore. For some ladies, having a flawless skin will be part of these resolutions. It is important that we remember our skin is only a reflection of what is going on inside us. The pimples, breakouts, acne, etc. are just our skin’s way of crying for help. Experts advise that the first thing to address when it comes to having flawless skin is regulating your diet, incorporating a lot of fruits into your daily diet will work wonders for your skin. So as part your New Year resolution, especially for you female folks out there, here are some fruits that experts absolutely recommend you consume for lovely, healthy skin.

1. LEMON: The first fruit in no particular order is lemon. Lemon is really good for your skin because it is rich in vitamin C. Lemon is a natural bleaching agent, with a potent antioxidant that flushes all manner of toxins and helps protect the skin from hyperpigmentation and photo-damage. If you have dry skin, you can mix lemon juice with coconut oil and apply to your skin, then rinse off after 10 minutes. You can also add lemon juice to your salad.

2. PAPAYA: Just in case you are wondering where you can get papaya from, you can get it from your nearby fruit vendor; it’s what we call pawpaw in this part of the world. Pawpaw is an awesome fruit for your skin. Papaya or pawpaw contains vitamins A, C, B, pantothenic acid and folate. That’s not all; it also contains minerals like copper, potassium and magnesium. We also find enzymes like papain and chymopapain that help us to prevent skin damage. Consuming pawpaw also helps to prevent constipation which is one of the reasons for unhealthy skin. It can treat warts, eczema and can also help to heal wounds and cure skin ulcers. You can apply pawpaw to your daily diet by just eating the fruit as breakfast or for your snack. You can use it to prepare smoothies and you can mash pawpaw and apply to your face, then rinse off after 10 minutes.

3. AVOCADO: This fruit is rich in healthy fats, dietary fibres and vitamins E, A, C, K, B6, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid. Consuming avocado can promote healthy ageing since it is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin that protect your skin from UV radiation. The healthy fats in avocado help to retain your skin elasticity, reduce inflammation and speed up wound healing. You can incorporate avocado into your daily diet by adding it to your breakfast tray; you can use avocado in your cakes or as toppings, and you can mash avocado and apply to your face, then rinse off after 10 minutes.

4. ORANGE: Sweet, pulpy orange, with its vibrant colour and intoxicating smell is one fruit that can do a lot for your skin. Oranges like lemons are rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. This means that oranges help prevent oxidative damage, DNA damage, reduce inflammation, and aid collagen synthesis. Oranges can go into your diet, simply, consume 1 or 2 oranges every alternate day, add oranges to salad and smoothies, drink orange juice and apply orange juice to your face on areas where you have pigmentation.

 

Waire Emonefe

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