Best Summer Foods For Your Skin

Written by Dr. Howard Murad on . Posted in Enhance, Monthly Moments with Dr. Murad

When you are out enjoying the summer sun it is easy to forget about keeping hydrated and supplementing your diet with healthy foods. But when you pack a snack this summer before a daylong adventure, hike or trip to the beach, remember to include these foods that are also particularly good for your skin. Here are four natural foods to enjoy during the summer to help keep your skin radiant and healthy:

  • Pineapple. This uniquely tasty, sweet fruit is high in vitamin c, manganese, copper, fiber, folate and many more nutrients essential for good skin. Pineapple can also help peel dead skin cells from your face when used topically, but be sure to avoid the eyes. Pineapple is comprised of alpha-hydroxy acids that have been used for years to rejuvenate the skin.
  • Flaxseed. Blooming in the spring and summer, flaxseed is full of omega-3 fatty acids. The alpha linolenic acids in flaxseeds are credited with moisturizing and protecting the skin.
  • Blueberries. In season in the late summer, blueberries are rich in antioxidants that defend the body and skin against free radicals. These berries are also loaded with vitamin c, which is important to promote collagen production.
  • Cucumbers. If you’re feeling hungry, cucumbers are a great snack rich in fiber, silica potassium and magnesium. The high water content in cucumbers also makes it ideal to hydrate the body and skin on hot days. Or if you’re looking a little run-down, cucumbers can help soothe swollen eyes. Put two cucumber slices on your eyes and leave them there for 10-15 minutes to reduce wrinkles and inflammation.

Another summer skin care tip: as always, remember to lather your skin in an oil-free sunscreen – preferably an SPF 15 or higher – to prevent against the short and long term impacts of sun exposure.

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