5 Summer Fruits To Glow-Up Your Skin!
The summer can be a testing time for our skin. From heat rashes to dehydration, it all plays a key role in the health of our skin. If you’ve noticed dry skin, oily skin, spots and beyond then this is likely to be due to the suns intense rays and dehydration.
However, if you’re sick of drinking water then not to worry! There are many ways to keep on top of your hydration to keep your skin looking healthy and glowing. Here are our top 5 fruits for glowing skin.
We would argue that nothing is more refreshing than a slice of watermelon. And this is with good reason. Did you know that Watermelon is 92% Water? Now if that isn’t a great way to hydrate then what is?
Alongside these high levels of water, watermelon is a refreshing glow booster for many reasons:
- Vitamin C and Lycopene – natural antioxidants that protect our skin from the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals are what cause our skin to age fast.
- Vitamin C also promotes collagen synthesis which is essential to maintain skin elasticity and hydration.
- Lycopene and Beta-carotene (another key nutrient) – help to protect from sunburn, and beta-carotene may also help to prevent psoriasis.
- Vitamin A – repairs and renews the skin making it look healthier and more radiant.
- Citruline – This substance increases the levels of arginine which is a hair growth booster.
Another juicy health booster, Mango is great for our skin due to all of the vitamins and minerals.
- Vitamin C and A – to promote collagen formation
- Potassium and Vitamin E – Great moisturizing benefits for the skin
- Vitamin B6 and Magnesium – Despite the high sugar, mangos actually help to control oily and acne-prone skins due to these two key ingredients. They help to regulate sebum production, and Beta-Carotene that protects the skin from bacteria and toxins.
- Vitamin K – This has healing properties and helps to attenuate stretch marks, this is why you may have noticed some skin care products containing mango extract
The tasty mango is not only magnificent for your skin health but also for your immune system, heart, eyes, digestive system and hair.
A fruit classic for all of us. We all know the phrase ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ and it comes with good reason. Apples are full of fantastic vitamins and minerals for both our skin and overall health.
- Phenolic Acid – Shown to contribute in preventing UVA and UVB sun damage
- High Fiber – Great for helping us eliminate all those toxins from a summers night…
- Antioxidants – The key to healthy skin and most of the antioxidants are found in the apples skin so be sure to go for organic. Red apples are the best for those skin glow antioxidants we all crave
Well we had to throw one curveball in here. Papaya is amazing for your skin due to many reasons. It has exfoliating and lightening properties due to an enzyme called Papain. When applied topically (as a cream or ointment) this enzyme can dissolve dead skin cells and help to even your skin tone. Alongside this it also contains:
- Vitamins C, A, E, K – Great for skin moisture, elasticity and firmness
- Beta-Carotene – To protect the skin and can even prevent psoriasis
- High in Fiber, High In Hydration
Another classic for all of us and easy to squeeze in throughout the day. Berries are rich in nutrients and are great for the skin.
- High Concentration of Antioxidants – Key to anti-aging, berries are super rich in antioxidants and even contain flavanoids which are great at neutralizing those free radicals
- Vitamin C – Berries contain more Vitamin C than any other fruit. Great for anti-aging and a huge boost for your collagen levels. Strawberries are arguably the best for this
- Vitamin A, B, E and K – These vitamins promote a bright and even complexion. Cranberries for example include a huge amount of Vitamin E and K.
Berries are the ultimate tasty superfood. If you don’t already have them in your diet then we suggest you start adding them. Give it time and watch your skin glow-up!
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