In 2013, the global revenue for the beauty and skin care industry was worth US$379 billion and is projected to hit over US$460 billion in 2018. Propelled by people’s desire to have beautiful, youthful-looking and flawless skin, companies continue to develop a new range of topical and oral beauty product lines, especially in the area of ageless skincare solutions. Depending on the brand and quality, the average monthly spend for basics such as facial cleanser, moisturizer and hydrator can be anything from around US$20 to a few hundred dollars. But not all are willing to invest to have smooth and silky skin unblemished by lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and dark spots.
Feast On Fish
If you belong to the second group and prefer to rely on natural ingredients for cosmetic upkeep, here’s a look at some foods that are traditionally renowned for their skin-beautifying properties. Let’s start with fish. It is no secret that salmon, mackerel and trout are good sources of omega 3-fatty acids boasting antioxidant compounds. Therefore, ensuring a regular “fishy” diet can help repair and rejuvenate damaged skin as well as reduce inflammation. The omega 3-fatty acids in fish play a key role in maintaining skin youth and health by reducing acne and pimple breakouts, and relieving the soreness and rawness of bad skin. Feast on the fish and look out for improved and noticeable skin health and quality.
Go For “GOT”
Garlic, onions and tomatoes. The first two are rich in sulfur – a natural mineral that strengthens fibers in skin tissues, maintaining skin tautness and preventing it from sagging. According to rd.com, garlic is also an effective natural remedy for unwanted blemishes. For example, to remove pimples, simply rub a slice of garlic and let its bacteria-killing antioxidants do their job. Onions – packed with Vitamins A, C and E – are excellent for skin glowing and help to fight against UV damage. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C which is essential for collagen formation and repairing and restoring damaged skin. So load up on these three humble vegetables and enjoy healthy and glowing skin!
Other Pro-Skin Grubs: Skincare Solutions
Pumpkins and carrots contain Vitamin A that helps in cell regeneration by facilitating the replacement of old and damaged cells by new and healthy ones. Eating these two vegetables will help breathe new life into your skin, reduce spots and exude a youthful glow and radiance. For better skin moisturization and screening from harmful UV rays, try adding almonds and olive oil to your meals. And for a delicious alternative source of Vitamin C to the popular oranges, go for the kiwifruit. As American dermatologist, Dr Leslie Baumann put it, “Good nutrition is a fundamental building block of healthy skin.”
Reap What You Eat
The key to a healthy and pretty skin lies in a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, adequate protein and healthy fats. And the earlier you start, the less likely will you need to spend on elaborate skincare solutions. Truth be told, it is possible to make do with what nature has provided to preserve our skin health and keep it in pristine condition. Remember the 50-year-old grandma from China who looked half her age in an earlier blog post “Granny’s beauty bible”? She did it – and so can you.