5 Fruits and Veggies for Fresh Summer Skin

By Maris Callahan for DietsInReview.com.

With the summer sun shining you might be tempted to tanning in order to give your skin a glow. However, it’s no secret that sun exposure increases your risk for skin cancer. That’s why we want to recommend a safer way to give your complexion a healthy glow this season.

We know that water flushes toxins from the skin cells to give that glowing complexion we all yearn for. In addition to water, there are many fruits and vegetables you can eat to achieve that look, too.

We spoke with Dr. Brooke Jackson, a board certified dermatologist and founder of The Skin Wellness Center of Chicago, who says fresh fruits and vegetables found at farmers markets not only taste delicious, but are ideal for improving your skin’s condition and overall appearance.

Making these five fruits and vegetables part of your daily routine can improve your complexion, but also be a simple way to control your diet, meet daily requirements for fruits and vegetables, and keep a beauty regimen budget under control.

Berries: Blueberries, black currants, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries help the body produce collagen, responsible for giving skin that supple and smooth look. “Berries, especially blueberries, are loaded with antioxidant compounds that are very effective in neutralizing damaging free radicals,” said Jackson. “Free radicals are generated in the skin by excessive UV exposure and lead to skin cell damage, premature skin aging.”

Try this: Raw Blueberry Cream Pie

Carrots: It’s no secret that carrots improve vision, but less known is that carrots can prevent dry skin. They contain beta-carotene, which the body uses to produce vitamin A, which moisturizes the skin. Carrots are also a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant removes free radicals, such as those produced by too much sun exposure, which can lead to premature aging. Vitamin C also aids in skin collagen formation, which declines as we get older.

Try this: Curried Baby Carrots

Sweet Potatoes: A favorite at Thanksgiving dinners, sweet potatoes should be enjoyed throughout the year. Sweet potatoes provide vitamin E, which the body uses to regenerate and maximize the effectiveness of vitamin C, very effective antioxidants for skin protection.

Try this: Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers


Mangoes: Per the National Mango Board, this tropical fruit contains more than 20 varieties of vitamins and minerals. Mangoes have a fruit acid enzyme profile and contain Beta-C and vitamin A derivatives that activate cell regeneration.

Try this: Mango Banana Soup with Cardamom

Mushrooms: Mushrooms are one of the only food sources for vitamin D, contain antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory properties. All of this helps the skin remain strong and youthful, as inflammation plays a role in aging and may increase risk for some skin cancers.

Try this: Spring Greens-Stuffed Mushrooms

Related:
5 Foods for Clear Skin
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71 comments

Sven R.
Sven R3 years ago

Thanks!

Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec5 years ago

Thanks for the informative article and the links to the recipes.

zora b.
zora b5 years ago

It is always good to know these things.

Jean Smith
Jean Smith5 years ago

Thank you for this article, very good!

Cindy P.
Cindy P5 years ago

WOW, everything i eat now and then, better than rarely, but not as common as weekly or daily

Seda A.
Seda A5 years ago

thank you

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Sweet potatoes are not available in Poland and mangoes are extremely expensive.

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson5 years ago

Thankyou!

Sandra Belauskas
Alexandra B5 years ago

Interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

Nicole Dolloph
Nicole D5 years ago

This is a great article! Too bad mangos are impractical here in New England. I only buy them if the local co-op is discounting them because they are going bad. Otherwise I feel too guilty as they travel far to get here.
Everything else I can get locally and love to eat. Now I am looking forward to blueberry season with even greater anticipation!!