We’ve said it before; when it comes to skin care, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on to your skin. You take great care selecting skin care products and cosmetics that contain the best ingredients for your skin type, so why not take the same care with the food that you eat? Not only will your skin benefit from a nutritious, healthy diet, but you might find that you are able to lose a few pounds or tone up a bit more easily as well. Summer is full of activities and with your busy work-life and packed social calendar, it is tempting to grab foods that you can snack on easily and on-the-go. This summer, resolve to snack on foods that will do more than satisfy your hunger, pick summer snacks that help you achieve great skin.
You already know that refined sugars are not only bad for your weight and overall health, but did you know that they wreak absolute havoc on your skin as well? When it comes to summer snacking, there are all kinds of fresh fruits that are in season and that are a quick, convenient snack. While you do have to spend a bit of time prepping fruits like kiwi, papaya and mango, but the benefits are well worth it. These fruits are high in vitamin C which helps your skin retain its elasticity and firmness. Additionally, these fruits contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that gives you radiant, glowing skin.
Another fruit (yes, it has a seed so it is technically a fruit) that is in season in the warm months of summer is avocado. This rich, creamy treat can be used in a variety of ways as a summer snack. Slice some on top of your salad or prepare a delicious breakfast of whole wheat toast, mashed avocado and tomato slices. Avocados contain monounsaturated fats that help fight wrinkles. Tomatoes, which could also be added to a fresh, homemade guacamole, contain lycopene which is thought to help prevent damage from the sun.
Sticking with sweets that are not refined sugars, berries are another great tasting and convenient summer snack. Additionally, these summer snacks are packed with antioxidants that help your skin fight free radicals and the early signs of aging. Grab a handful or fresh blueberries to top your yogurt in the morning, or freshly slice some strawberries for an after-dinner snack that tastes delicious while being healthy for body and skin.
So, dark chocolate is available year-round, but it makes a great summer snack when you really crave something indulgent. Dark chocolate (70% cacao or higher) contains flavanols, which are powerful antioxidants that can benefit your skin.
Just because a summer snack is great for your skin (and body), it does not have to be bland or boring. The above foods are all super tasty ways to snack during the summer while improving your skin as well. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, particularly when you are outside in the heat, to maintain your beautiful, plump, glowing skin.