Food For Skin: At si SKIN Organics, we are firm believers that it’s what’s on the inside that really matters, that true beauty comes from within, and to never judge a book by its cover. But did you know the same applies for skin health? You can eat your way to glowing skin, and we’re here to get your menu started. Here are some of the best summer fruits and veggies to refresh your skin.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our favorite skin powerhouse first and foremost. Seaweed provides amazing skin benefits, whether applied topically (like our Luminous Brightening Elixir) or ingested. In sushi, on a salad, sprinkled over fish or as a stand-alone snack, seaweed is not only delicious but is full of vitamins and antioxidants which protect your body's cells from free radical damage, resulting in strong and supple skin.
The star of the farmers market also wins in the skin department. Tomatoes, one of the most plentiful garden veggies, also provide many, many skin health benefits. They’re chock full of vitamin C which protects your skin, helping to heal scars and prevent or reverse abnormal discoloration. Tomatoes also boast beta carotene, luten, and lycopene which have been shown to combat damage to your skin from the sun. They may also help prevent wrinkling.
Pass the guac! Avocados are small but mighty fighters, and their battle-cry is clear, lit-from-within skin. With high concentrations of healthy fats, they help keep skin hydrated, resilient and may reduce the appearance of wrinkles or other signs of aging, thanks to protective properties against UV damage. You can find the powerhouse Avocado Oil in our Luminous Brightening Elixir. Avocados also contain vitamins C and E, which are essential to a youthful glow and protect against oxidative damage. Fight the good fight. Eat the avocado toast.
While all peppers are yummy and healthy, the red bell pepper is truly a skincare superstar. Full of beta carotene (which your body converts to Vitamin A) and Vitamin C, red bell peppers aid in the production of collagen - an essential protein for flexible, hydrated skin. One cup of chopped red bell pepper contains the equivalent of 156% of the recommended daily value for vitamin A and a whopping 211% of the recommended daily value for vitamin C!
After you’ve had a meal full of delicious, fresh and skin-protecting food, you’ll need to wash it down with something cool and refreshing. But you don’t have to compromise taste for skin health. Green tea contains its own powerful antioxidant that protect against UV damage, improve skin texture and elasticity, provide hydration and reduce redness. But remember, adding milk or large amounts of sugar may reduce some of these positive impacts. If green tea on its own isn’t your thing, we recommend adding mint, lemon, honey or agave.
Enjoy these delicious fruits and veggies while they’re still in season. Your skin will thank you!
Contributor: Lily DiGregorio