The 7 Best Foods for Healthy, Glowing Skin This Summer
Dealing with skin problems can be difficult, especially when there are so many products on the market that promise to solve all your worries. I don’t think it’s any secret that at Green Foot Mama, we believe what you put in your body is as important than what you put on it. Here’s a tip for any skin issues you may have: try to improve the condition of your skin with what you eat before you look for something to put on it.
Fruits and vegetables are not only refreshing, they also do a power of good for your health. If you want to make sure your skin looks perfectly healthy and glowing, make sure you try out these summer fruits and veggies.
True to its name, watermelon has a high water content – it’s made up of 90% water. Watermelon keeps you hydrated in the heat of summer, and can do wonders for your skin as well. Its high Vitamin C content helps your body to produce healthy collagen and boosts your body’s natural sun protection.
Furthermore, watermelon is rich in antioxidants which help prevent signs of aging. Overall, watermelon is a great fruit for clearing blemishes, smoothing out skin and improving skin elasticity.
If you weren’t aware, eating tomatoes or even consuming anything that is tomato-based is very good for maintaining beautiful skin. Lycopene contained within tomatoes can help with shielding you from the harmful UV rays of the sun and battling acne.
Tomatoes are also full of antioxidants and can help with preventing wrinkles and lines on your skin.
Oranges are well known for their high concentrations of vitamin C. Along with their amino acids, such as proline and lysine, that Vitamin C helps to keep your skin looking young.
In addition, the Vitamin C in oranges can successfully improve your skin’s texture and colour. Citrus fruits, in general, like oranges, lemons and grapefruits aid in the restoration of collagen, which keeps your skin young, firm and healthy.
The antioxidants contained in berries – such as blueberries and cherries – are great at fighting acne outbreaks. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and have high levels of fibre, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, they make a healthy snack. Popping these tiny dark-coloured berries into your mouth will make sure your skin is healthy and glowing this summer.
Spinach is another food source that contains loads of antioxidants that will help you fight off wrinkles and fine lines. Eating spinach will also enrich your diet with Vitamins B, C and E, along with micronutrients like potassium, iron, magnesium and calcium. Not only that, it also contains many omega-3 fatty acids, essential to skin (and heart) health.
In addition, spinach is anti-inflammatory and can help strengthen your skin tissues. It is also able to help flush out any toxins in your body, leaving your skin clean and clear.
This stone fruit can be a bit tricky to cut up, but the effort is worth it. Avocado contains high concentrations of the Vitamins A, D and E as well as the minerals copper and iron, which help your skin glow.
The nutrients you find in an avocado are great for addressing visible signs of aging and promoting skin elasticity. Adding avocado to your diet helps out your skin, but as a natural moisturiser you can also use it externally as a facial mask. In fact, avocado used on your hair helps it to shine, as well as your skin.
Banana contains a great variety of components that can keep you and your skin healthy and beautiful. Its high levels of potassium moisturise and hydrate your skin it is also rich in vitamins A, C and E – essential for skin health.
Besides, it also has folate and micronutrients such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium and they are effective antioxidants and antimicrobials. Moreover, like avocados, bananas are a versatile beauty food – banana peels can even be used to deal with lingering acne scars.
Whether you’re already a big fruit and veggie fan or not, you may want to consider eating more of these over the hot months of summer. In addition to their health benefits, they can work miracles on your skin – keeping it fresh, firm and glowing. So when feeling the heat of summer, cool down and treat your skin with these seasonal fruits and veggies.