Updated: Dec 12, 2020
These are 8 foods that you should be eating during the summer months to protect your skin from the sun & heat!
Berries & Citrus
Berries & citrus are packed with age-defying antioxidants as well as fiber, a nutrient that helps eliminate toxins before they can cause breakouts. Citrus fruits are loaded with Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that also boots collagen production for soft, supple skin.
Tip: Think of a fresh citrus and berry salad as a delicious beauty treatment that you eat!
Walnuts & Pistachios
Walnuts and pistachios are a rich source of vitamins B and E that help protect against cell damage. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals and oxidation that age the skin prematurely, while Vitamin B aids circulation to give skin a healthy, youthful glow.
Tip: Pair nuts with a healthy carbohydrate, like fruit, to help slow down digestion and the breakdown of sugar.
This nut milk is great for you skin because it contains collagen-boosting copper, as well as manganese, which helps protect skin from UV damage.
Tip: Use almond milk as you would regular milk, as a drink, on cereal, or blended with frozen fruit for a tasty, nutritious smoothie.
Kale & Spinach
Kale and spinach help keep skin firm because they contain phytonutrients that provide extra protection from sun damage. Spinach is especially good because it is loaded with the nutrients beta-carotene and lutein, which have been shown to improve skin elasticity.
Tip: Try to get about three cups of either leafy green per week. Each is delicious as the foundation of a salad – even tastier mixed together!
Like citrus, apples are also high in Vitamin C – helpful for collagen production. The copper in apples aids the production of melanin, the brown-black pigment in skin that works as a natural sun protector.
Tip: Add a chopped apple to your salad or yogurt!
This is great for your skin because of how hydrating the healthy fat is. It’s rich in polyphenols (antioxidants), and helps fight wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots by warding off free radicals that cause premature aging and degenerative diseases. Coconut oil also blocks about 20% of the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Tip: Use it to remove eye makeup, or as a skin or hair conditioner.