Its summertime and living might be easy, but not for the skin. After all, it’s easy to get lost in time under the hot burning sun drinking cocktails or eating ice cream.
But during summer your body needs more foods containing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.
The reason is: the sun is very dangerous.
Too much of it causes oxidative stress and oxidative stress can be very damaging not just to the skin, but also to all tissues in the body. Oxidative stress is also the main reason we age prematurely.
Sunlight not only causes oxidative stress but makes essential nutrients disappear from the skin.
When the skin is depleted from essential nutrients like vitamin C it starts to look older.
That’s why we need to keep track of how much time we spend underneath the burning sun, but also what we’re eating while we do that.
These, of course, are not the only foods that are good for your skin during summer, but it’s a start.
This symbol of summer is around 90 percent water, which hydrates the body. “It’s loaded with vitamin C, which is required for healthy collagen production,”. Its antioxidant properties make it “a free radical scavenger,” which helps prevent signs of aging.
Fresh produce like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are delicious in their prime. They’re packed with antioxidants, which can protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun.
In the 21st century, you can find tomatoes in the store all year long, but it’s only during summer when these curvy ladies in red, stop tasting like nothing and start tasting really really really good.
Something between sweet, sour, fresh, fragrant and heaven.
And they’re good for your skin.
Tomatoes are rich in carotenoids, which are not only antioxidants but also work as a sunscreen. That’s also their job in the plant: to protect it from too much sunlight. In the skin, they apparently can do the same.
Peppers are my very favorites. Not only are they fragrant without stinking too much like garlic (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but they’re also one of the richest sources of vitamin C.
And vitamin C is quite the beauty nutrient. Peppers and vitamin C not only protect as an antioxidant but also help build more collagen for smooth skin.
Dried plums are around all year long, but during summer plums come in their freshest and tastiest form.
Plums are among the antioxidant-richest foods in the world and therefore amazing protection for your skin from UV light and for your overall health.
Plums reduce inflammation in the body, improve bone health and your memory. This means you’ll not only be pretty, but also quite smart if you start eating plums on a regular basis.
Summer is the time of the year to eat more spinach. This famous green charmer is a rich source of a number of antioxidants that protect us against sun damage. Some of them are beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and folate.
That combination, found in other green leafy vegetables as well, is one of the best to keep your skin protected and to help regenerate it from sun damage.
Along with vitamins and minerals, this tropical fruit contains bromelain, thought to fight inflammation. Lessening inflammation may bring some comfort to people with sunburns.
Nothing beats garlic during any season. Even UV light – that little stinker is so talented I want to rub it all over my body and lay in the sun all day long.
Antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial.Garlic, is there something you can’t do?
Because of all these health properties, garlic is a true beauty food. It was shown to help with acne, prevent skin cancer and rumor has it can also help prevent hair loss.
It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant skills that’s why it can actually do a tremendous job at protecting and regenerating your skin during the summertime.
AND DON’T FORGET
Another thing to not forget during summer for great skin is to DRINK WATER! After all, if you’re dehydrated your skin will also be and that’s a good start for a wrinkle. It’s important to be patient and consistent with these foods. Don’t expect that eating one plum today will clear out your skin and protect you from wrinkles for the whole month. Practice prevention and eat them regularly.
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