LADIES, many of you have been writing in looking for a way to maintain smooth skin, get rid of pimples or prevent wrinkles. Well, a fairer skin is every womanâ€™s dream. â€œI donâ€™t feel confident with my rough aging skin,â€ confides Claire, a 35-year-old accountant, â€œSo I have resorted to hidin
LADIES, many of you have been writing in looking for a way to maintain smooth skin, get rid of pimples or prevent wrinkles. Well, a fairer skin is every womanâ€™s dream. â€œI donâ€™t feel confident with my rough aging skin,â€ confides Claire, a 35-year-old accountant, â€œSo I have resorted to hiding it under Copper Girl.â€
â€œThere was a time my skin was changing very fast. You would be talking to your boss or client and you feel like they are staring at you,â€ Sara, 40, says. â€œYou feel your esteem is low and all you have to do is look down or pretend you are busy other than joining your colleagues for lunch and so on. You are always thinking they will laugh at you.â€
But life doesnâ€™t have to be that miserable if you are taking more oranges, experts say.
â€œAn orange contains Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, which acts as a good cleanser to the skin from the inside,â€ says Dr. Geoffrey Okello, a physician and skin consultant at Kampala Healthcare Clinic, Rubaga.
He explains that the vitamin helps to combat the effects of free radicals in your body and on your skin. Radicals are the molecules in the environment that can cause aging of the skin. â€œWe find radicals in excessive sun exposure, cigarette smoke and environmental pollutants,â€ Okello explains.
Oranges can also boost the production of collagen in the skin. Collagen is an essential protein that keeps your skin firm and toned.
â€œWhen collagen is not produced properly, your skin can begin to sag and will lose its vitality. Because Vitamin C can enhance the production of this protein, it helps you look and feel better,â€ Dr. Okello says.
But eating a bag of oranges alone is not going to bring about the desired results for your skin. Dr. Fred Kambugu, a dermatologist, cautions that one needs to stick to a healthy diet, including fresh fruits, vegetables and low fat foods. Regular exercises and bathing should also be considered.
Treat your skin right