You are what you eat, or so they say, and what you should be eating is food for healthy skin and hair. We’re always looking for those under-the-radar foods that make a huge difference to your mood, skin, and hair, and it turns out there are quite a few we’d never heard of before. These are the foods that are going to be big in the next few months, that will do all the hard work ready for party season from the inside out.
You might have seen these on the supplement aisles, but did you know what they can actually do?
1. Give yourself bright, glowing skin with Mangosteen
Unsurprisingly known as the ‘queen of fruits’, Mangosteen is as tasty as it is beneficial. The Asian fruit improves blood flow which aids hair growth and brightens skin by replenishing cells. This antioxidant prevents inflammatory conditions such as eczema and dry skin! Crazy right? You can get mangosteen supplements for bright skin, or just pick up a couple at your local food store. Simply break the shell and eat the fruit inside to reap the benefits!
2. Get super silky hair with Purslane
Another strong tasting plant, purslane comes in form of a leafy vegetable making it perfect to add to salad or meat dishes. Its properties include vitamins A, B and C, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium. Omega 3 is another major value of purslane, which is both great for hair and skin, improving its elasticity and moisture, and reducing inflammation. So if you start including this one in your diet, you’ll definitely have bouncy, shiny hair in no time.
3. Get younger looking skin and strong hair with Amla fruit
Amla fruit (or Indian gooseberry) is over 20 times richer in vitamin C than oranges, meaning just a handful of these a day can strengthen hair at the roots and boost pigmentation, giving it a healthier look overall. It’s known for making skin firmer and preventing hair loss, thanks to the ingredients it has inside. It can’t hurt to try it though, right? You can also get Amla supplements and some people swear by crushing the fruit up and applying it to your hair to get the full benefits!
4. Protect your skin from the inside out with Gac
I’d never heard of Gac before, but unlike the others in this list, gac has very little flavor despite its vivid orange color. This color is due to the high levels of the pigment Beta-carotene (also found in sweet potatoes and carrots) which works as a sunblock, reducing the harm UV rays can have on the skin. It also prevents other external damages such as pollution, and can even add a warm glow to the skin if you include it in your diet. Gac fruit has been used in Vietnam to treat conditions of the eyes, burns, skin problems, and wounds. You can even drink the juice!
5. Banish dry skin with Sea Buckthorn
Omega 7 is so important for perfect skin. It’ll keep your skin moisturized and nourished, and if you suffer from dryness or irritability it’ll reduce that. For a huge boost in your Omega 7 levels, look into Sea Buckthorn. Despite its unappetizing name, sea buckthorn is a delicious fruit originating from northern Aisa and very sharp in taste. It is also one of the highest sources of vitamin E which protects skin and hair cells from environmental damage. There’s a reason you can find this all over the health food aisles!
Which little-known foods do you try to include in your diet?
Tatianna Doronina photographed by Career Girl Daily.
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