Four Super Fruits for Seriously Glowing Skin
Want a clean, clear and dewy-fresh complexion? Who doesn’t?
Yes, washing your skin regularly, vigilant use of sun protection creams and other self-care measures are important, but when it comes to achieving that outer glow, what you take in can be every bit as important as what you put on your skin.
Eating two to four servings of fruit per day (as part of an overall healthy diet) will help you feel better, live longer, maintain a normal weight and keep your skin aglow. You really can’t go wrong with any fruit, but here are four proven winners for skin health.
Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant powerhouse.
Vitamin C also helps your body boost production of collagen, a protein that helps keep skin firm, elastic and youthful. Bromelain, the enzyme found in pineapples, can also help speed healing after plastic surgery. Research suggests that bromelain reduces inflammation, bruising and swelling.
Glowing Skin Rx: Eat half a cup of diced pineapple before your afternoon workout.
Blueberries are rich in vitamins C, B complex, E and A, and the highest concentration of antioxidants such as anthocyanin (which protects against cell damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays). Vitamin C helps build collagen, and vitamin A is so skin-friendly that it’s the basis for one of the bestselling anti-agers ever: retinol.
Glowing Skin Rx: Add one cup to your cereal every day or sprinkle on your lunchtime salad.
Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew… regardless the melon, they’re all excellent sources of hydration. Dehydrated skin is pale and pasty. Hydrated skin is firm and supple. There is no substitute for judicious use of a hydrating moisturizer (hopefully with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher) and drinking plenty of water (and less dehydrating beverages like alcohol and coffee), but eating some melon daily can help refuel your H2O stores form the inside out.
Glowing Skin Rx: Eat one cup of cubed melon after lunch to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Lycopene is an antioxidant superstar that gives many fruits — including strawberries — their vibrant red color. Studies show it may protect the skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. (This is in addition to the judicious use of sunscreen, not in place of it.) Lycopene actually forms the basis of many popular skin care lines.
Glowing Skin Rx: Add one cup of strawberries to a low-fat yogurt.
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