Alia Bhatt’s skin is the stuff dreams are made of. And why not? Besides her spectacular genes, Alia also follows a careful skincare regime, works out regularly to flush toxins from her system, and is also a firm believer in consuming vitamins for her skin – both supplements and whole foods. Let’s take a look at some of the skin essential vitamins, their benefits, and how to include them in your diet.
This is important to keep skin supple, and prevent the early onset of ageing, by helping regenerate damaged skin cells. Rich in retinal, retinol and retinoic acid, Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblasts that penetrate the layers of the skin to keep it firm.
Foods to eat: Sweet potatoes, carrots and leafy greens like kale and spinach
One of the side-effects of stress and pollution is flaky and dry skin. Keep this at bay with Vitamin B3, which is rich in nicotinamide, and helps lock in moisture on the skin’s epidermis. Topical application also helps. Vitamin B complex is also rich in biotin, which helps strengthen nails and hair.
Foods to eat: Legumes, salmon, oatmeal and bananas
This is the perfect antioxidant for your skin, shielding against skin cancers, and delaying wrinkles by boosting collagen production. A hot favourite with many topical applications (thanks also to its anti-pigmentation properties and ascorbic acid content), ingesting Vitamin C is one of the best favours you can do your skin.
Foods to eat: Citrus fruits and bell peppers
There’s a reason Vitamin E is trending as a skincare ingredient! Not only does it offer extraordinary moisturising properties, it also helps the skin fight against free radicals that cause damage and degeneration. Say goodbye to scars and rough, scaly skin with the use of this fabulous vitamin, which also helps promote a healthy glow.
Foods to eat: All kinds of olives, nuts, seeds and avocadoes
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