By Maris Callahan - DietsInReview.com
When the sun is shining you might be tempted to turn to tanning in order to refresh your skin. We all know that the sun can increase your risk for skin cancer so we want to recommend a better way to let your complexion shine this season.
We already know that water helps flush toxins from you skin cells to create a glowing complexion. In addition to H20, there are plenty of delicious foods you can eat to help your skin to feel and look fresh.
According to Dr. Brooke Jackson, board certified dermatologist and founder of The Skin Wellness Center of Chicago, fresh fruits and vegetables found at farmers markets not only taste delicious, but are great for improving your skin condition and overall beauty.
Not only does fresh produce help improve your complexion, but consuming it can be a great way to manage your diet, meet daily requirements for fruits and vegetables and of course, keep your beauty treatment budget in check.
Berries: Blueberries, black currants, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries help the body manufacture collagen, which makes the skin supple and smooth. "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: Blueberry Smoothie
Carrots: You may have heard rumors that carrots help improve your night vision, but less common is the fact that carrots help to prevent dry skin. They contain beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A to give your skin moisture and glow. Carrots are also a good source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that mops up free radicals, such as those produced by overexposure to the sun and lead to premature aging of skin. Vitamin C also aids in skin collagen formation, which decreases as we age.
Try this: Curried Baby Carrots
Sweet Potatoes: Reminiscent of Thanksgiving dinners, sweet potatoes should be enjoyed all year round. Sweet potatoes also contain vitamin E, which help the body regenerate and maximize the effectiveness vitamin C. Foods that contain high quantities of vitamin C and vitamin E are very effective antioxidants for skin protection.
Try this: Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers
Mangoes: According to the National Mango Board, mangoes contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals. Natural mango ingredients have a built-in fruit acid enzyme profile and contain Beta-C and vitamin A derivatives that activate cell turnover.
Try this: Grilled Chicken with Warm Mango Salsa
Mushrooms: One of the only sources of natural vitamin D, mushrooms contain antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties. This helps keep the skin strong and youthful, as inflammation plays a role in aging and potentially can increase the risk of certain types of skin cancer.
Try this: Roasted Wild Mushrooms with Shaved Fennel Salad