What is the first thing everyone thinks of when cooking for the summer? Getting outside and cooking on the grill for some summer barbecue. If you want to keep your skin looking its best, you may want to think of some other options. All of our summer cooking doesn’t need to consist of sweet BBQ sauce or fatty deserts.
There are plenty of ways to get your fruits and vegetables during the summer months that will help keep your skin looking great all summer too. Here are a few smart summer treats we can all munch on.
Berries. No matter which type of berries you like, berries are your skins super food. Too much exposure to UV rays can cause your skin to generate free radicals, leading to skin damage, wrinkles and premature aging. Berries, (especially blueberries) are loaded with antioxidants that can help neutralize the effect of skin-damaging free radicals.
Carrots. We know that eating carrots can help our vision, but they can also help keep skin glowing. The body converts the beta-carotene in carrots into vitamin A, which is an important ingredient in keeping skin moisturized. Also a good source of vitamin C, carrots help in skin collagen formation, which keeps skin supple and smooth.
Mangos. This delicious tropical fruit is jam-packed with over 20 different vitamins and minerals. Like with carrots, beta-carotene, which gives mangos their orange hue, is converted to vitamin A in the body which can help in keeping acne at bay.
Cucumbers. At almost 95 percent water, cucumbers are almost as hydrating as a glass of H20. If you don’t like to eat cucumbers, you can use them externally on your skin for some additional benefits. Cucumbers contain ascorbic acid, silica and antioxidants, which can help reduce puffy eyes and fade dark under-eye circles. Their cooling effect is also a great way to soothe sunburn and speed the healing process.
Citrus fruits. Grapefruits, oranges, lemons and limes are all fabulous for skin health. They are high in vitamin C and important amino acids such as lysine and proline. These play an important role in collagen production, helping to keep skin smooth and supple.