Is proper hydration, copious amounts of Vitamin C, and a sprinkling of certain phytochemicals the secret to healthy summer skin?
We consulted Wendy Rowe’s celebrity-approved book of inner beauty secrets “Eat Beautiful”, to find out.
What we found was a concise library of everyday ingredients and simple recipes that anyone interested in the health of their skin could benefit from reading. But if you can’t get your hands on a copy of her book, here are a few tips we gleaned that will help you get that “just back from vacay” glow (even if you’re quarantined at home this summer).
When we think of superfoods, we often forget about water. But water is our life source -so it makes sense that when we are depleted of it, it shows. Wendy notes that summer is the time of year when consuming enough water is even more important due to the increased exposure to the suns UV rays and on the flip side, increased exposure to air conditioning – which can be incredibly drying on the skin,
But don’t just drink your water, eat it too. Consuming a diet that incorporates fresh fruit and veggies, along with sipping on water throughout the day, can help to keep your skin (the body’s largest organ) hydrated and functioning optimally.
Strawberries are not only a delicious summer staple, they’re also one of nature’s beauty foods. The vitamins present in strawberries (C, K, and B9) help to boost the skin’s nutrients and fight off the free radicals that destroy collagen.
Wendy notes that the folate (B9) present in strawberries is especially helpful for skin as it promotes the production of new cells. The Vitamin C present in strawberries is also helpful for skin as Vitamin C is precursor to collagen production. Since our bodies can’t make Vitamin C on their own, we need to get it from outside sources. So why not treat yourself to a bowl of this skin loving fruit?
Another fruit rich in Vitamin C, Kiwi is one of the most skin-loving fruits you can eat -and they taste especially delicious in the summer. Essential for collagen production and helpful in wound healing and tissue repair, Vitamin C is our go-to summer vitamin, and Kiwis contain more of it than oranges. Kiwis also contain Vitamin K, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium, and Calcium.
Full of vitamins (A, C, B1, B2, & B3), minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, &potassium), and fiber (to help to keep you regular), Figs are a great summer snack.
They are amazing alone, tossed onto a salad, or even grilled with a bit of olive oil. Since figs move swiftly through the body, they can act as a cleansing fruit, detoxifying and helping the body better absorb other nutrients.
Mint works wonders as a calming and soothing herb, and also provides a hint of freshness to summer salads and cocktails. Rich in Vitamin A, four different Bs, and C, mint also contains certain phytochemicals that can aid an upset stomach.
Carvacol, menthol, and thymol produce a calming effect and can help if you’re feeling a bit bloated. Mint tea, anyone?
Speaking of eating your water…enter the delicious and hydrating power of watermelon (which is 93% water). Rich in lycopene, watermelon acts like an internal sunscreen and can help to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the summer sun. But that doesn’t mean you can skimp on the [external] clean sunscreen – make sure to be generous with this as well.
Watermelon also contains Vitamins A, B1, B6, and C, helping to boost collagen and produce that lit from within glow. If you are what you eat, then we want to be bright, glowy, and hydrated like the fruit itself.