Six Summer Fruits and Vegetables That Keep Your Skin Glowing
Summer is the best time for fresh fruits and vegetables! Whether you pick them straight from your garden or get them at the local farmer’s market, here are six summer fruits and vegetables that you need for summer beautiful skin.
Move over cucumbers, there’s a new dark circle champ in town – the Potato! Chock-full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which help nourish and awaken tired, thin skin around the eyes, potatoes can stay cold for long periods of time, which means no trips back and forth to the kitchen for more slices. Both the cold and the starch in the potato help to reduce swelling and inflammation, which will minimize dark circles. And, for an added bonus, potatoes contain catecholase, which aids in skin lightening, further reducing the darkness under your eyes.
Rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, eggplants are a great detoxifier for the body, leading to clearer, glowing skin. Additionally, eggplants’ high concentration of Vitamin C and antioxidants helps skin resist free radical damage from the environment and prevent skin cancer! Eggplant also helps with digestion, facilitates weight loss and preserves memory function.
Avocados are nature’s moisturizer helping keep skin glowing and hydrated. Rich in antioxidants, avocados help fight environmental damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. High amounts of Vitamin C help with the creation of collagen and elastin, keeping skin firm while Vitamin E reduces the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays.
Add tomatoes to your shopping list this summer because they contain all four major categories of carotenoids. Carotenoids are an integral part of the human immune system and help our bodies fight against aging. Studies have found that increasing your intake of carotenoids produces a healthier-looking complexion. Bonus tip – pair carotenoid rich tomatoes with avocados helps increase carotenoid absorption and skin benefits.
An amazing source of hydration – “water” is in the name after all – watermelon helps keep skin from getting dehydrated during hot summer months. Also a rich source of antioxidants like lycopene, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, watermelon helps reduce the signs of aging and assists skin in fighting free radical damage. And if you are experiencing some unexpected mid-summer breakouts, watermelon is one of the best natural remedies for acne. Use it topically daily for clearer skin.
The magical mushroom is filled with anti-inflammatory properties that can help improve acne, rosacea and eczema. Rich in vitamin D, mushrooms help protect your skin from sunspots and wrinkles. And research has shown that mushrooms can boost your immune system as well as treat allergies, arthritis and bronchitis.
What’s your favorite summer fruit or vegetable and why? Tell us in the comments.