Find the secrets of anti-ageing in your own kitchen
They’ve been hiding in open view all this while!
By Nikita Jhanglani
Imagine this. You are running across a lobby, because you are late for a meeting. This lobby has full-length mirrors along a wall. Of course, you sneak a quick look at yourself in one of those mirrors. We are all guilty of doing that, aren’t we?
There isn’t a thing wrong with wanting to look young and fresh at all times.
The problem, however, is our love for repair creams and serums that are nothing more than an artificial diet for the skin. Was there a natural way of reversing the ravages of time?
So we spoke to Thriive-verified nutritionist (and Mrs. Earth International 2016) Maadhuri R Sharma who pointed us to the fabulous age-reversal solutions that are completely natural and within easy reach in our own kitchens.
And without further ado, here they are:
(Oh, there’s a bonus tip too!)
Drink water. Lots of it.
One can’t stress enough on the importance of water for a healthy skin. Water maintains skin moisture, and gives you a soft, supple, and healthy skin. If you think plain water is boring, flavour it up by soaking some fruits like kiwis, oranges, strawberries and grapes in it for at least 2-4 hours (this is a Beyoncé fave, btw).
Make these fruits and veggies your bae!
Berries can make your skin shine — they’re superfoods for the skin, really. Vegetables and fruits like oranges, tomatoes, sweet potatoes are rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins that will give you a healthy and flawless skin. Make them your best friends and you’ll not need a blush powder ever again!
Pile up the protein.
Chasing deadlines. Running around kids. Managing a home, a career, a family. All of this can get stressful. And this stress can show on the skin.
But, but, but. Here’s a simple solution that keeps your skin safe from the effects of stress—protein. A legit reason to get all that paneer, tofu, edamame, and mung beans on your plate.
Collagen for the win.
Collagen (a type of protein) is your best bet for a tighter, healthier skin. Beauty gurus around the world swear by the magic that collagen can do for your skin. Although our body produces collagen naturally, the production decreases with age. Citrus fruits like oranges and protein-rich foods are excellent sources of collagen.
Ditch the sugar.
If youthful skin forever is on your wish list, then sugar needs to go out of your diet. Too much sugar depletes the body’s natural collagen and can make your skin saggy, wrinked and lined. You obviously don’t want that. Other sources of sweetness such as honey and jaggery too are best avoided. And, artificial sugars are a BIG NO-NO!
Bonus tip: Meditate
Did you know that stress produces an acid inside your body that makes your skin look dull? One of the most effective ways to do away with stress entirely is through meditation. Carve out some time in your day for a spiritual spa (aka meditation) and your skin (and soul) will thank you for it.
Maadhuri R Sharma was the first Indian to be crowned Mrs. Earth International in 2016. As a certified nutritionist, she believes that a balanced mind, body and soul are the secret ingredients to a healthy life. Her clientele is spread around the world including all over India. She also gives nutrition tips in her show Living It Up With Maadhuri on Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana. She is also Thriive-verified and can be contacted here: https://tinyurl.com/ybqg3huq
Nikita Jhanglani is a technical and creative content writer, editor and book blogger. Currently, she is into world domination, one checklist at a time.