Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is a seed crop with origins in South America but its myriad health benefits have ensured that it has travelled far and wide to our neighbourhood stores too. You may have read how nutritious it is and how eating it is good for digestion, blood sugar control, heart health and more. But did you know that this superfood or supergrain is good for your skin as well?  Rich in vitamins and minerals, quinoa can be consumed or applied on the skin to reap its benefits. Read on to find out how.

Acne, Be Gone!

Quinoa contains vitamin B3 (niacinamide) which is good for driving away acne. It helps in reducing the redness and inflammation caused by acne. The inflammation is also taken care of by two compounds in quinoa – quercetin and kaemferol. These compounds also have a antidepressant effect so happy you means your skin is happy too! Moreover, the vitamin B2 (riboflavin) in quinoa regulates production of sebum.

Reduces Pigmentation

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The presence of tyrosinase inhibitor enzymes in quinoa ensures that pigmentation of skin is reduced. Age spots and other skin problems are also reduced with consumption and application of quinoa because it is rich in B vitamins that reduce melanin. As the vitamin B12 interacts with other B vitamins in quinoa so skin also acquires healthy complexion.

Improves Digestion

Fibre-rich quinoa improves digestion and ensures better absorption of nutrients. It also prevents constipation so all in all the waste and toxin aremoval from body is taken care of which in turn affects the quality of your skin.

Helps Tissue Repair And Tissue Growth

Lysine rich quinoa helps in repair and growth of tissues. This ensures that scarring of skin is healed quickly.

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Makes Skin Youthful

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Vitamin A presnt in quinoa delays aging process by reducing wrinkles and fine lines on your skin. Elasticity of the skin is also improved by vitamin B2 and the antioxidants in quinoa take care of fighting free radicals to keep you looking young.

Quinoa Facepack To The Rescue

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For this you will need a quarter cup of cooked quinoa with soy milk blended with 3 tsp yoghurt, 2 drops mimosa essential oil and 2 egg yolks. Apply this on your face, keep it for 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water to reveal glowing skin that is even toned. This quinoa face pack is the best bet to reduce the damage caused by sun exposure and to improve complexion of skin.

So what are you waiting for? Add quinoa to your diet or put it on your face to look and feel younger every day. Want to know about some healthy quinoa recipes or want to know how mango can benefit your skin? Then keep reading Her Zindagi to #BeBeautiful and #BeHealthy.