Get great skin with Vaishali’s O.R.A.N.G.E.S diet

After writing on beauty for more then 15 years I have realised one thing. That great skin is more about what you eat than what you apply. Of course products, peels and lasers are all wonderful, but without the right diet they all fall flat. However there are so many faddish diets on the internet that one is confused about what foods will make you glow. The answer is not something complicated but rather elementary. And my brilliant naturopath Dr Vaishali Jain has put together this very simple guide to remind you of the things you need to eat to look your radiant best. “I have put together this list so it includes get all the vitamins and minerals required,” says Dr Jain. And the best part is that it is eye-wateringly simple. 

O stands for…oranges and olives
To provide you with vitamins, C, E and folic acid to increase radiance.

R stands for…red fruit, veg and wine
Apples, beets, cherries and just a couple of glasses of Pinot :).

A stands for…anjeer, apricots, aloevera, avocados
Figs are high in fibre and packed with all vitamins and minerals. Apricots have beta carotene, aloe helps you detoxify (add it in your smoothies), and avocados are loaded with essential fatty acids (don’t have more than half a day). 

N stands for…nuts
More healthy fats to keep your skin moist. Eat no more than a small handful of mixed nuts (5 almonds, 2 cashews, 2 walnuts, and 2 brazil nuts) everyday.

G stands for…green tea, green leafy veg
These provide you with antioxidants that protect your skin against damage. Drink no more than 3 cups of green tea. If you’re adding greens in your smoothie then change them every week so the body can absorb them better.   

E stands for…exercise
Of course sweating it out is important for great skin, but we’re talking facial exercise here. Fill your face with lots of air, hold it for a few minutes and then gently exhale. Repeat this for 3-5 minutes. 

S stands for…Seeds, Strawberries and other berries
Seeds are lighter for summer and also don’t create heat in the body. All berries are excellent because they help balance the hormones by working directly on the pituitary gland. 

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