Beauty from the inside out. This summer eat your way to fantastic looking skin 🙂 It’s brighter and warmer and we naturally feel the need to eat lighter. The warmer days are begging for a fruit smoothie as part of your breakfast, fruit salad for lunch, dinner or a just snack for glowing skin!
Like my post on 10 best foods for great skin, these fruits can be just as nourishing on the body as in the body. All the fruits listed are high in antioxidants and vitamins that are needed for amazing looking skin. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help improve your health, protect your skin, hair, and fight free radicals which cause the skin to age prematurely.
I love, Love, LOVE watermelon. It’s my favourite summer fruit. Watermelon consists of 92% water. It soothes your thirst and provides great hydration. The more hydrated your body is, the better your skin and complexion will look.
Watermelon is rich in anti ageing busters – anti-oxidants, and vitamins A and C which are vital for healthy, radiant skin.
Watermelon can give you an energy boost! A daily serving of watermelon has been shown to boost energy levels by up to 23%. This is because watermelon contains vitamin B6, which the body uses to synthesise feel good dopamine. Eat up – look good, feel even better 🙂
Pineapple is high in Vitamin C and loaded with an enzyme known as Bromelain which makes your skin firm and flexible. Bromelain also has skin softening properties and protects the skin against inflammation and swelling. Vitamins A & B in pineapple help keep dry, brittle nails healthy and smooth.
Berries – strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
Berries contain manganese, which has the ability to convert toxins within the skin cells into oxygen, reducing skin damage.
Strawberries like watermelon are made up of over 90% water. They are higher in Vitamin C per calorie than any other fruit and they are high in fibre. Rich in Vitamin B which carries oxygen and nutrients to all body cells, which helps reduce hair loss, stimulates hair growth, and contributes to shiny hair.
The dark blue colour of blackberries means it has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits. As we know anti-oxidants make your skin age slowly. They also enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens in preventing sun damage. Like watermelon, they are high in water content – 85% and therefore excellent for hydrating your skin.
The antioxidants in blueberries help protect you from premature ageing. Blueberries are also packed with Vitamin B which is good for increasing hair growth by improving oxygenation & circulation of blood. If you have oily skin, blueberries can help neutralise the oil levels.
Also known as Hindberries, Raspberries have 10 times the amount of antioxidants found in tomatoes. They stimulate collagen production giving you a beautiful complexion and protecting the skin against the sun’s rays. Try this anti-ageing mask:
- Mash up a handful of raspberries with a spoonful of honey
- Apply the mask to clean skin for 15 to 20 minutes
- Rinse and pat dry
Scientists from Michigan State University suggest drinking a glass of red cherry juice a day slows down the ageing process. The juice is rich in vitamin A and its antibacterial properties remove toxins from the blood and fight bacteria trapped under the skin.
Did you know cherries are good for your eyes? Like carrots, cherries contain plenty of vitamin A, and a part of this vitamin is beta carotene that helps promote good vision and keeps your eyes healthy.
Affectionately known as the ‘Queen of Fruits’ grapes can help combat skin problems like acne and wrinkles. Grapes can increase perspiration. “And that’s a good thing?” I hear you cry. Perspiration is good on three counts, it cleans your skin, cools you down, and speeds up your metabolism. Result, a glowing and younger looking complexion.
Grapes can help alleviate hair problems such as dandruff, split ends or early greying. Grapes are good whichever way you get their nourishment, either as a snack, as a juice, or as a supplement, your hair will be stronger, longer, softer and due to better circulation, your scalp will feel healthier too; less dandruff, less flaking and itching. Royally beautiful hair from this queen of fruits!
The scent of citrus fruit is so wonderfully uplifting, I think that’s why my Grapefruit & Lime blend is my favourite. Citrus fruits are a rich natural source of Vitamin C, essential for healthy skin and hair. Citric acid is a killer to bacteria and its use will leave your skin feeling blissfully clean. Other benefits include softening calloused patches, moisturising dry skin, softening rough skin and will aid recovery for several skin conditions.
Get glowing skin by gently rubbing a peeled lemon on your skin for no longer than three minutes. Wash it off with water. Source: The Health Site
Last but by no means least it’s the King of Fruits – The Mango. Eating Mango, like cherries, is good for your eyes. One average sized mango provides you with 25% of the recommended daily value of vitamin A which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness.
Mangoes help to unclog your pores. Try applying topically to your face by slicing a mango into thin pieces. Place on your face for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse. Suitable for all skin types.