Makeup, chlorine, and the summer sun are hard on our skin. When it comes to finding a remedy, Mother Nature knows best. Instead of heading to the cosmetic aisle, try hitting up the produce section this week for some all-natural skincare.
Creams and topical treatments can’t make up for a poor diet. For that true “glowing-from-within” look, you need to eat a broad range of dietary vitamins—all of which you can find in fruits and vegetables!
Here are five of the top skin-beautifying foods:
1. Citrus fruits
For a blast of vitamin C, indulge in citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and tangerines. Vitamin C helps build collagen, which tightens your skin and will prevent wrinkles! It also fights inflammation, so say goodbye to puffy eyes and swollen skin.
Other sources of vitamin C: tomatoes, bell peppers, kiwis and apples
Spinach is packed with vitamins. It has a ton of vitamin E, which can prevent sun damage to your skin. Vitamin E is also a natural healer—it is often recommended to post-surgical patients to prevent scarring. If you are someone who burns easily, lives in a harsh climate or struggles with acne, a diet high in vitamin E will aid your body in preventing scars and discoloration.
Other sources of vitamin E: avocados, broccoli, nuts and sunflower seed
Antioxidants help prevent premature aging by fighting “free radicals” in your system. Also, because they aid in blood flow, antioxidants can give your skin a healthy, rosy flush. Pomegranates are full of antioxidants, as are other dark berries.
Other sources of antioxidants: blueberries, kidney beans, cranberries and blackberries
4. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which plays a big part in moisturizing your skin and healing skin tissue. Sweet potatoes have a lot of other vitamins as well, like vitamin A, so they’re a great skin-boosting side dish to have around.
Other sources of beta-carotene: carrots, pumpkin, apricots, cantaloupe and spinach
One serving of this nutrient-dense superfood can give you all the vitamin A you need in a day! Vitamin A is responsible for producing fresh skin cells and shedding old ones. This helps prevent skin dryness and flaking, and it keeps your face bright and youthful.
Other sources of vitamin A: dark leafy greens (red lettuce, collard greens, etc.) and mangoes
In addition to being packed with vitamins, colorful fruits and vegetables have been proven to prevent cancer and other diseases. They’re also naturally low in calories and fat. Throw together a summer salad for lunch and your skin will thank you!