Still in the spirit of the New Year and that resolution to maintain a healthy skin, we are continuing the series on how to use fruits to gain a glowing and healthy skin. Researches have shown that no matter the skin care products you use, you are ultimately what you eat. Your skin will reflect the things that you put into you. Obviously, whoever said “you are what you eat” was not joking. However, if you incorporated the fruits listed in the last edition into your diet, then you should be reaping the “fruits” of eating good fruits. Here are some more fruits as advised by experts to incorporate into your diet.
1. Watermelon: Watermelons! They are red, fleshy, watery, sweet, refreshing and great for your skin! If you have oily or acne prone skin, experts say that watermelon is especially good for you. It has 92% water; water helps to flush out toxins and improve bowel movement. It contains lycopene, which helps in scavenging free oxygen radicals and prevent skin damage; and it has zero fat and no cholesterol. There are so many ways to include watermelon into your diet every day. You can eat a medium bowl of watermelon as breakfast or snack, you can drink freshly made watermelon juice in the mornings and evenings, you can make fruit salad with watermelon. You can also add watermelon to your smoothies; and yes, you can mash watermelon and apply to your face, then rinse after 10 minutes!
2. Apples: Apples are rich in vitamins A and C, dietary fibre, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. They also have antioxidant properties that help to protect the skin. These antioxidants can also be found in apple peels. So, the next time you want to eat an apple, don’t peel it off, just wash it very well and settle in. Experts encourage adding apple to your daily diet by eating one apple per day as your snack; you can add apple slices to your breakfast bowl, oatmeal or cornflakes and you can make apple juice or just add it to your smoothie. You can also grate apple and apply the paste to your face then rinse after 10 minutes.
3. Cucumber: Cucumbers like watermelon are very rich in water content. This means that they have a cooling effect on the body and possess antioxidant properties. Unpeeled cucumbers are also very high in vitamins K, C and dietary fibre. Researches have shown that cucumbers can be used for skin whitening and reducing wrinkles. It’s very easy for you to incorporate cucumber into your diet; you can add cucumber to your salads, sandwiches and smoothies. You can also prepare a glass of refreshing pulpy cucumber juice and add a little lime for taste and flavour. You can use a mix of grated cucumber with a little lime juice and sugar to scrub your hands and feet, for softer skin. And the simplest of all, you can just get a cucumber for snacks or dinner.
4. Mango: Mangoes do an amazing work when it comes to rejuvenating the skin. They are very rich in vitamins A, E, C, and K, flavonoids, polyphenolics and beta-carotene. This is why mangoes help protect the skin from DNA damage and inflammation. They are also rich in sugar and dietary fibre, which helps to treat constipation. In fact, mangoes are already being used in the cosmetic industry to produce hair and skin products. To introduce mangoes into your diet, simply take 1-2 mangoes per day or add mangoes to your breakfast bowl and smoothies. You can also apply mashed mangoes to your skin, and wash off after 10 minutes with room temperature water.
5. Banana: Banana is a very good natural moisturiser. It also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The scientific explanation behind banana is the fact that it has vitamins A, C, K, E and folate. It also contains minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous. You can include bananas into your diet by simply adding banana to your oatmeal or cornflakes for breakfast or add it to your smoothie. You can mash banana and apply it all over your skin to give your skin that soft and supple feeling.
6. Pineapple: Apart from being sweet and tangy, being rich in proteins, dietary fibres, vitamins A,C, K and folate, and containing minerals like calcium, potassium and phosphorous, pineapples also contain an enzyme called Bromelain. Bromalain has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and wound healing properties. Experts agree that applying pineapple on burnt human skin can help remove the dead skin cells and speed up the process of healing. You can easily add pineapples to your diet by eating a small bowl of pineapple for breakfast or as an evening snack, you can also take pineapple juice or mix pineapple juice with one teaspoon of milk and apply to your skin, then rinse after 10 minutes.
These fruits are easily accessible to us and are also affordable. There is also quite a large array so that you can have variety and not get easily bored. Including these fruits into our diet, while abstaining from oily and deep fried foods, with a little workout sessions thrown into the mix, will not just give us a glowing and healthy skin, but a healthy body too. Experts however advise that if you have a medical condition that prohibits you from taking any fruits then you can avoid those fruits.