Sweet Summertime: Bronzed skin, a relaxed mind, sun-kissed hair… dang you look good! Help make that summer glow last by working from within. By adding these delicious fruits and veggies to your diet, you’ll be able to maintain that radiance all summer long and well into next season! Click on to discover 10 of our favorite skin-nourishing foods.
A summer favorite, peaches are brimming with beta-carotene, vitamin C, and alpha-hydroxy acid. These compounds not only warm up your skin’s complexion, but also protect it from UV damage! A peach a day keeps the wrinkles away, we always say. Get your fill with these perfect peach recipes.
A fun and colorful summer vegetable, radishes are great as snacks or toppings on salads. They’re also great at making your skin radiant thanks to a plethora of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, silicon, and sulfur. These compounds stimulate the circulatory system and boost collagen, giving your already sun-kissed skin a ultra healthy glow. Here's how to pick, store, and cook with radishes.
Sour power! Packed with powerful levels of vitamin A, lemons aid in the production of melanin, helping your skin prevent sun damage. Also, the high amounts of Vitamin C in lemons helps skin resist wrinkles. Mix up these delicious pitchers and stay refreshed all summer long.
Like you needed an excuse to eat more avocados, right? These fatty, vitamin packed fruits are also loaded with biotin that helps skin stay supple and gorgeous. Also, when paired with carotenoid-rich foods like carrots, bell peppers, or tomatoes, avocados help your body absorb up to five times more of the antioxidants found in these foods like lycopene and beta carotene – both excellent for your skin’s health. Here are five ways to more of what you love!
Summertime is almost synonymous with berry-time, as in the time berries are fresh from the harvest. Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries all contain skin-nourishing antioxidants and anthocyanin. These pigments have been found to strengthen collagen fibers, leaving skin springy and youthful.
Pepitas aka Pumpkin Seeds
Looking for some extra crunch in your salad or a bit of complexity in your smoothie? Pepitas are loaded with essential fatty acids like omega-3, 6, and 9, as well as zinc. These compounds help reduce inflammation in your body, diminishing swelling and discomfort on those hot days. Check out these recipes to add more crunch to your life.
Similar to pepitas, almonds help fight off inflammation in the body and on the skin. Additionally, these tasty seeds contain vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, and magnesium which all help reduce the stress hormones that can cause breakouts. Try them in this Bluberry Coconut Almond Smoothie or in this Almond Quinoa with Stewed Papaya.
Good in salads, desserts, snacks, and main courses, melon is a versatile fruit that’s also an excellent source of healthy glow! Everything from honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, and even cucumber will help your skin glimmer. They’re all pumped with plenty of water for hydration as well as vitamin C that stimulates firm, wrinkle-resistant skin. More honeydew, please! Kick off your next happy hour with this coconut honeydew sip.
Dark Leafy Greens
Next time you stop by the farmer’s market, be sure to pack your bag with some dark leafy and delicious greens. Kale, watercress, spinach, arugula…they’re ALL chockfull of skin-loving vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin C, and sulfur. Also, these dark greens contain more chlorophyll (thus their darker color) which is a powerful detoxifier. Go green with these 10 recipes.
Rich in beta-carotenes and carotenoids, carrots are a fantastic way to bring natural warmth to your skin tone. It’s true that the pigments in carrots subtly make their way to your skin’s surface, literally brightening its appearance. Just be sure not to overdo it and turn yourself orange (known as carotenemia)! Plus, the beta-carotenes in carrots help protect your skin from sun damage. Here's how to start cooking with carrots.