Being located in the Earth’s tropical zone means that there’s no shortage of sunlight for Singaporeans all year. Unfortunately, too much sunlight is harmful to the skin and can cause some pigmentation problems for many people in Singapore. Skin pigmentation issues can be damaging to a person’s self-esteem and quality of life, especially if they are of larger size or are outwardly noticeable.
It’s good news then, that the food you eat can actually help not only in providing you with energy and delicious tastes but can also be useful in preventing and fixing hyperpigmentation problems. Pigmentation removal in Singapore can cost a lot, especially for more advanced procedures like laser treatments or surgery. As a result, it may be a good idea to try out some miracle food solutions in fixing hyperpigmentation.
As one of the leading aesthetic clinics that offer pigmentation removal in Singapore, MY Medical Aesthetics recommend the following foods you should add to your grocery list in order to achieve that clear and vibrant skin that’s free from pigmentation:
1. Citrus fruits
Besides being just plain delicious to eat, citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are fully packed with Vitamins A and C. Vitamin A, in particular, is known for dealing with and destroying free radicals, as well as helping lessen discolourations in the skin by assisting in melanin production.
Another option for people with extra lemons or oranges around is to extract their juice and apply it directly to the skin. The citrus juice acts as a natural exfoliant and helps lessen the appearance of discolouration and hyperpigmentation on the skin with regular use.
2. Dark green vegetables
If you haven’t added dark green veggies into your diet yet, then now might be the time to do so. Consuming vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli, zucchini and peas supplies your skin with carotenoids, which are phytonutrients that act as antioxidants in the human body. Carotenoids also help our skin filter out UV radiation, which is one of the main culprits for hyperpigmentation problems.
3. Salmon and other fatty fish
Nearly everyone can agree that salmon is food for the gods. Not only does it taste really, really good, it’s packed with essential nutrients such as protein and omega 3, which provide your skin with moisture and reduces the redness you’ll see on your face from acne scars and inflammation. If you wish, you can also get your dose of salmon through fish oil capsules, which can be found in many drugstores all throughout the country.
One of the most popular anti-pigmentation foods is potato. If you want to get rid of skin blemishes, you won’t go wrong from adding potatoes to your grocery list and diet. Just cut 1 potato in half, dip the slices in water and rub your skin with it for a little over 10 minutes. Repeat this every day until you see positive changes in your skin that will last for a long time.
5. Almonds, nuts and other legumes.
Nuts, beans and other legumes are packed with anti-inflammatory properties, which helps keep the skin healthy all throughout the day. They are also rich in many essential nutrients for pigmentation removal, such as omega 3 and vitamin E. Omega-3 is great for moisturizing one’s skin and reduces the chance of swelling and reddening. Vitamin E helps reduce overall stress, which is one of the many possible culprits for acne.
Yoghurt’s key ingredient is lactic acid, which assists in removing dead skin cells from your body. Just take a tablespoon of fresh yoghurt and apply it over the hyperpigmented areas. Leave this on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off you. You’ll notice your dead skin cells start to peel off after doing this routine. Repeat this process as you need it.
One antioxidant that’s very effective is lycopene, which is abundant in fresh red tomatoes. Lycopene protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and also reduces the chance of developing freckles and other types of hyperpigmentation. Even if you are already using a good sunscreen or sunblock, eating tomatoes is always a good thing as it is good for the skin naturally.
For skin exfoliation, papaya is one of the most effective fruits for that. In fact, several skin products feature papayas as key ingredients thanks to its effectiveness in enhancing skin quality, eliminating dead skin cells and reducing hyperpigmentation. Most of these benefits are thanks to an enzyme found in papaya called Papain. Papain hydrates your skin and helps smoothen it. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to prevent breakouts and blemishes from happening to your skin. Besides Papain, papayas are also rich in vitamins A, C and E – all popular vitamins that are also essential to the human body. Papayas enhance collagen production, skin elasticity and skin protection – all very important for our skin.
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