• Deanne Pandey

The Ultimate key to great skin and hair!

Don’t we love it when our skin and hair are at their best? What if we told you, you could eat your way to a healthy and glowing skin and hair? The best way to do this is by making vitamin C your best friend. Vitamin C protects skin from pollution, improves hydration, reduces under-eye circles, prevents hangnails, and leaves you feeling vibrant and energised. When you think of Vitamin C, you tend to think about immunity defence and beating those pesky colds and flu. However, not many are aware that Vitamin C is an essential beauty nutrient that prevents signs of ageing, strengthens blood vessels giving skin its elasticity and strength, besides regenerating other antioxidants in the body. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful and inexpensive ways to maintain a healthy hair, radiant skin, and shining nails. It is responsible for creating and maintaining collagen-i.e., the glue that holds the body together. Smooth skin, lustrous hair, bright eyes, slim figures, and vitality owe much more to a vitamin-rich diet than we realize. Among the nutrients, we all know that vitamins are essential for both good health and beauty. The skin requires an adequate amount of nutrients to maintain its normal functions, including that of cell renewal. The health and youth of the skin depend on it. There is enough evidence to show that a deficiency of vitamins is an important factor in early wrinkling of the skin. It has an action on connective tissue and is essential for collagen synthesis. Collagen helps to keep the skin healthy, firm, strong and youthful. It maintains the elasticity and resilience of the skin. Consuming Vitamin C or having a good amount of Vitamin C in your body can help in reducing chances of a wrinkled and dry skin. Vitamin C also helps in reducing inflammation, improving muscle degeneration and reducing risks of cardiovascular diseases and even cancer. Without sufficient moisture, the epidermis (top layer of skin) starts to dry out, which leads to itchy, scaly skin and premature aging. Hydration is vital to keeping your skin healthy and youthful-looking. Fortunately, vitamin C is clinically proven to help skin retain water, keeping it plump and smooth and preventing it from becoming too oily or dry.

Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, like oranges, lemon and grapefruit, amla, tomato, sprouted grains and green leafy vegetables. Amla is probably the richest source of Vitamin C. Amla, or Indian gooseberry as it is widely known, is mentioned in Ayurvedic texts for the treatment of many ailments.

To get you the best nourishment from Vitamin C, here is a great smoothie recipe to make your skin and hair happy and healthy-

You will need-

  1. 1 bag frozen broccoli cuts

  2. 1 cup frozen unsweetened mango chunks

  3. 1/2 cup carrot juice

  4. 1/2 cup orange juice

  5. honey, as per taste

Blend it all together and enjoy the goodness of vitamin C!

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