Any Indian festival is incomplete without having some delicious food. It's that time of the year when we all leave behind our diet plans and healthy foods and only immerse ourselves in sweets and junk foods. While it's important to let yourself flow in the spirit of the festivities, it is also extremely important to give yourself a break from all the chaos post-festive season. Our skin, especially, goes through a lot during the festive season. Constant fried and junk foods, and lack of hydration due to busy schedules severely impact the skin. Although following a proper skincare routine can give your skin that missing glow, your skin requires a detox routine to help you flush out all the festive junk.
Here're 5 effective post-festive skin detox foods for healthy skin:
1. Vegetable juices/smoothies
Fruit juices or smoothies are a great way to help your skin restore balance and provide nutrients to the body. They are easy to make and fill your stomach for longer ensuring you don't end up munching on snacks. Orange juice, pomegranate juice or smoothies made with cucumber, beetroot, and bananas are quite tasty and add a healthy glow and radiance to the skin. These are non-processed and preservative-free, which is immensely beneficial for the skin.
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2. Green vegetables
Green vegetables are excellent for the skin. They are rich in all the essential nutrients such as vitamin A, zinc, iron, magnesium, and potassium and help to cleanse the system from within. After all those Diwali indulgences, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, green onions, celery, and cucumber give a much-needed break to your skin to breathe and recharge. Include these vegetables in your daily diet in form of salad, or curry and enjoy the benefits of these superfoods.
3. Dry fruits and nuts
Dry fruits such as raisins, dates, almonds, walnuts, and cashews are extremely healthy and rich sources of vitamins and minerals. These dry fruits contain antioxidant properties which protect the skin from free radicals and environmental damage. They also help in boosting collagen and retain the glow of the skin. Start your day with a handful of dry fruits and nuts and detox yourself from the inside out.
4. Ginger and lemon
Lemon is known to detoxify the body and improve skin health. It aids in flushing out the toxins and also regulates indigestion issues. Ginger on the other hand is loaded with antioxidants and boosts blood circulation in the skin resulting in healthy and glowing skin. Have your morning detox drink with lukewarm water, a few drops of lemon, and some ginger zest or you can have ginger-lemon tea as well.
5. Vitamin C-enriched fruits
Adding vitamin C-enriched fruits to your post-festive detox diet is quite effective for healthy skin. Fruits like oranges, apples, watermelons, and strawberries, help to hydrate the body and keep the skin soft and plump. Also, all these fruits contain dietary fibers and antioxidants which prevent the skin from damage. Substitute all your snacks with these fruits to see visible improvement on the skin.
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Incorporate these amazing post-festive skin detox foods in your diet and let your skin thank you.
About the author: Gagan Sidhu is the Chief Dietitian at Dt Gagan's Clinic and Managing Director at Gleuhr Skin Clinic.
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