Want your skin to glow this summer? Then start loading up on antioxidant-packed foods and drinks! We all know that a healthy diet is important, but did you know incorporating superfoods into your diet can have a direct impact on the appearance of your skin?
Certain foods are particularly effective at doubling up in health and skincare benefits. We've allocated the top five ingredients you need to start eating and applying asap to achieve glowing skin.
Health: Melons are a great source of fiber, vitamin K, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. These nutrients are essential for improving kidney health, stimulating blood flow, and beating high blood pressure. Melons are also extremely hydrating, which makes them perfect for consuming in the summer months to prevent dehydration.
Skin: Thanks to its high folic content, melon can improve skin health and skin tone, and improve the appearance of fine lines. Melon also boasts natural anti-inflammatory benefits, making it perfect for women with sensitive skin or extreme skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis.
Let's not forget melon's powerful hydrating abilities - an excellent ingredient for soothing dry skin and helping your skin glow inside out.
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Health: Green tea has tons of health benefits. Thanks to its catechin content (another term for antioxidants), green tea can help fight and possibly even prevent skin cell damage.
According to a 2013 review, researchers found that green tea helped a range of heart-related issues, including high blood pressure, poor blood flow, high cholesterol, and congestive heart failure.
Evidence even suggests green tea is good for the brain and may help block the formation of plaques that are often connected to Alzheimer's Disease.
While there's no significant evidence to prove it, early research indicates that green tea may help destroy cancer cells thanks to its ability to aid healthy cells in growth stages.
Skin: Applied topically, green tea has equally as many benefits. For starters, it's an effective anti-aging ingredient. That's because it contains a micronutrient called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that bolsters green tea's skin repairing properties. Studies suggest that green tea increases the skin's elastin to make the skin look tighter and more youthful.
Research also shows that EGCG is loaded with antioxidants which help prevent sun damage and skin cancer. Green tea also boosts skin hydration, tackles dryness, soothes inflamed skin, and fends of radical damage.
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Health: This antioxidant-powerhouse fruit can improve your memory, lower inflammation, and boost heart health.
"Inflammation is a key driver of all chronic diseases, so blueberries have a host of benefits," says Ann Kulze, MD, of Charleston, S.C., author of Dr. Ann's 10 Step Diet: A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss and Lifelong Vitality. "I tell everyone to have a serving (about 1/2 cup) every day. Frozen are just as good as fresh."
Any nutritionist will tell you to load up on this superfood as it's the key to getting radiant skin from within.
Skin: Packed full of antioxidants, blueberries boost your collagen levels for smoother, tighter skin. They're also suitable for all skin types and can significantly promote repair. What's more, those antioxidants can help shield the skin from uv rays, pollution, and other harmful aggressors that affect the skin.
Because blueberries are high in salicylates (basically salicylic acid derivates), using a blueberry-infused cleanser and moisturizer can help treat breakouts and prevent oily skin from clogging pores.
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Health: Brimming with vitamin C, oranges can benefit your body in multiple ways. They can boost your immune system, help your body make collagen, protect skin cells from damage, and help fight cancer-causing free radicals.
Citrus fruits as a whole contain high levels of vitamin C. They are extremely effective in maintaining your overall health.
Skin: Orange offers many benefits for the skin. For starters, they promote healthy, glowing skin thanks to their high vitamin c content. Next, they contain citric acid which helps exfoliate the skin, sloughing away dead skin cells for maximum glow.
Plus, there's betacarotene in oranges - the carotenoid found in everything from carrots to sweet potatoes. Loaded with antioxidants, beta carotenes keep the skin looking smooth, supple, and young.
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Health: According to studies, watermelon is high in lycopene, which boosts cardiovascular and bone health. It's also useful in reducing your risk of lung, breast, prostate, colon, and endometrial cancers. What's more, seeing that watermelon is 92 percent water, it offers intense hydration to prevent you from dehydrating.
Skin: Watermelon should also be one of your skincare staples for maintaining hydrated, healthy skin.
"Watermelon in skin care most likely takes advantage of the content of vitamins such as A, B6 and C, and antioxidants like lycopene contained in the fruit," explains Rosemarie Ingleton, M.D., dermatologist and medical director of Ingleton Dermatology. "Antioxidants benefit the skin by reducing free radical formation and retarding the aging process. Vitamin A can help with collagen stimulation and therefore help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles."
Antioxidants, like those found in watermelon and watermelon extract, deliver antiaging benefits. Applying this topically will help boost collagen production, increase elasticity, and fade fine lines and wrinkles. Watermelon is also rich in vitamin E, which provides protection against UV rays.
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In addition to the above foods, there are plenty more you can choose from for their health and skincare benefits. From omega 3-packed olive oil fatty fish, chia, and flaxseeds to turmeric, wholegrains, and dark chocolate, there are many powerhouse foods that can make your body glow inside out. Avoid processed foods, eat plenty of healthy fats, and slather on the sunscreen (no less than spf 30!) for beautiful, radiant skin.
Skincare products matter, but so does what you eat. Maximize your skin's health - and glow! -by feeding it on the inside and outside.