It’s here. It’s finally here! It’s summer and the sun is shining gloriously. It’s beautiful and we will never not be grateful to avoid sitting in 3 pairs of warm socks while at our desk. But sunshine means different concerns, and while we’re relaxing with a cocktail in the backyard we are being mindful of protecting our skin. So before you plan your appetizer platter for the day, make sure to add these skin-protecting foods to your shopping list.
Fresh orange juice, strawberries, lemonade, grapefruit, and more are all perfectly delicious this time of year and packed with vitamin c which helps with collagen synthesis and regeneration. Meaning it helps keep you looking your best while helping you heal from skin damage.
Fresh almonds are a great source of Vitamin E which helps protect our skin from sunlight and helps our skin cells repair after sun exposure and damage by neutralizing free radicals and healing skin by reducing inflammation.
The answer to almost any nutritional question seems to be dark leafy greens. Not only are they an excellent source of antioxidants but they have been shown to halt cell growth prompted by UV lights in animal studies. So take a second helping of spinach!
Fresh watermelon juice with a bit of fresh mint is our go-to summer drink. We wait all year for it and maybe it’s our body intuitively craving it since it’s been proven to support our skin when in the sun. Watermelon has 40% more lycopene than tomatoes, a naturally-occurring chemical that gives fruits and veggies its colour. Lycopene is also a powerful anti-oxidant that helps protects our cells from damage.
We’ve found turmeric to be fairly easy to incorporate into our summer meals. We can easily add it to our smoothies, on our roasted veggies, in our salad dressings, or even as a supplement. Why? Turmeric has gotten a ton of love in recent years from nutritionists because it’s an anti-inflammatory food. Although to really get its benefits you do need to consume 500-2,000 mg every day.
Want to discover more foods that will give you glowing skin? Check out our blog post HERE.