While we're all obsessed about the newest cosmetic fads in the market, we often forget that the most fantastic products for better skin and hair actually are in our own kitchens.
If you're eating the right foods, you'll get softer skin and luscious hair without any product whatsoever!
Here are 19 healthy foods you can eat to make sure you've got great skin and hair:
Particularly high on Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E, a handful of walnuts everyday work on your skin's texture and also help in keeping your mane lustrous for long.
With high levels of beta-carotene along with Vitamins A & C, spinach is excellent in fighting wrinkles and undoing all the damage caused by pollutants in the air.
Almonds are rich in flavonoids and Vitamin E, both essential for great skin. They also help get rid of oxidative damage (for those who smoke) and also help the body protect free radicals. And since almonds also have protein, manganese and selenium, they're the ultimate tool for shiny hair.
From treating acne and eczema to handling inflammation and helping in skin renewal, there's a lot that flax-seeds can do since they're rich in both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
There's a reason why most shampoos and masks use avocados as one of the ingredients! From monosaturated fatty acids (great for hair, skin, nails) and antioxidants to fiber, potassium, magnesium and folate, it's the perfect food to tackle all kinds of hair and skin issues.
6. Dark Chocolate
A great source of flavonoids that are basically anti-ageing antioxidants, dark chocolate can greatly help in clearing pigmentation, dark circles and fine lines.
7. Fatty Fish
From salmon and sardines to mackerel and anchovies, any fish that's high in Omega-3 fatty acids is excellent for hair growth and maintenance along with giving you glowing skin.
There's a reason why coconut oil is used for the hair pretty much all over the country! High in healthy fats, Vitamins E & K and minerals, coconut oil boots both grown and shine in your hair.
Since they're high in sulfur, eggs are great for those in need of glowing skin and strong hair because sulfur is necessary for the production of collagen and keratin in the body.
From preventing unwanted breakouts to maintaining a clearer skin, garlic comes handy for various skin-related issues thanks to its anti-biotic compounds.
Being extremely high on antioxidants, tomatoes are forever popular for treating all kinds of skin issues especially damage thanks to the sun's UV rays.
12. Pumpkin Seeds
Packed with zinc, vitamins A & K and Omega-3 fatty acids, these small seeds are big on benefits for your skin and hair.
The antioxidants found in blueberries are known to fight all the signs of ageing including early greying of hair and fine lines and wrinkles on facial skin.
From softening the skin to clearing out pigmentation, a cup of yoghurt a day will ensure your skin looks and feels totally amazing.
Along with antioxidants, kiwis also have tons of Vitamin C that helps in keeping your skin firm, fight wrinkles and remove pigmentation.
16. Sweet Potatoes
Loaded with beta-carotene, sweet potatoes are the ultimate remedy for fighting signs of ageing and giving you lustrous hair and sparkling skin. They're especially good for those who do hardcore workouts and work at cleansing all the pores that open up due to excessive sweating.
The sulfur in cucumbers strengthens the skin and the silica aids in collagen production. Additionally, the vitamin K increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and vitamins A, C & E boost antioxidant production.
While everyone knows that turmeric is excellent to even-out the complexion and get rid of pigmentation, few know that thanks to the presence of curcumin, a fat-soluble antioxidant in it, turmeric is also an anti-inflammation agent and works at solving pretty much all skin-related ailments.
It can make drastic improvements to the skin's micro-circulation giving you an even skin tone, softer, more supple texture and a glow unlike any other. Have it warm water and a pinch of lemon and say goodbye to all your skin worries.
Here's to a lifetime of great skin and hair!