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The Skin-Healthiest Picks from Summer’s Farmers Markets

 

With farmers markets overflowing with gorgeous fruits and veg, we hope you’re taking advantage and filling your fridge and pantry with loads of summer deliciousness. You know that colorful variety of produce contributes to your overall health. It also has amazing benefits for your skin. Here are some of the best items to put on your shopping list this summer.

 

 

Broccoli

The vegetable you loved to hate as a kid should be your best friend now. This splendiferous cruciferous is chock full of skin-enhancing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and dietary fibers. Vitamin A and C fight off free radicals, aid in collagen production, and promote elasticity. Vitamin K speeds healing and can help improve dark undereye circles And zinc in broccoli helps kill acne bacteria, calm inflammation, and reduce keratinization.

 

Berries

The vibrant colors in berries come from the antioxidants that protect them from the sun damage while they ripen to their full sweetness. When you consume them, these healthy fruits pass along their antioxidant strength giving your skin added protection from age-accelerating UV damage. A typical rule of thumb, the darker or brighter the color, the greater the antioxidant content. That applies to all fruits and veg, not just berries.

 

Kale

All hail kale. This versatile supergreen is rich in vitamins A, C, B, and K, along with iron, and antioxidant lutein, a potent mix with a range of beauty benefits that includes refined pores, reduced dark circles, increased collagen production, enhanced cell turnover, protection from free radicals, and improved cell function. The healing effect of vitamin K may even help to minimize spider veins.

 

Tomatoes

Rich in rich in carotenoids, phytosterols, fatty acids, and antioxidants, tomatoes are full benefits for skin from protection from UV damage to enhanced resilience and elasticity.

Tip: Combining tomatoes with a healthy fat like olive oil or avocado helps your body to absorb more of the fruit’s (yes, a tomato is technically a fruit) photoprotective carotenoids.

 

Watermelon

This sweet summertime staple is more than just a refreshing treat. It’s positively sozzled with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients including lycopene, carotenoids, cucurbitacin E. One wedge contains 23.2 mg of vitamin C (a third of your recommended daily allowance), which essential to the synthesis of collagen and highly photoprotective. It’s high in glutathione, an antioxidant known to inhibit the melanin-producing enzyme tyrosinase, making it a supporter of even skin tone. Plus, it’s high in fiber, low in carbs, and super hydrating.

 

Walnuts

Great on their own, in a salad, tossed in a smoothie, or whipped into a pesto, these wholesome seeds pack significant beauty benefits under the shell. They’re loaded with vitamin B, a nutrient critical to healthy skin barrier function and lipid production. The abundance of omega-3 fats in walnuts strengthen cell membranes and increase moisture retention in the skin. And antioxidant vitamin E provides photoprotective effects.

 

Avocados

Avocados are pure nutritional gold for the skin. These creamy, dreamy orbs of goodness are rich in linoleic and other fatty acids that nourish cell membranes and help the body absorb essential nutrients. They’re also high in vitamin C for fighting free radicals and promoting collagen; vitamin E for proper cell function and UV protection; and potassium, which helps maintain cell integrity by regulating the balance of fluids and electrolytes. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition noted that higher intakes of vitamin C and linoleic acid are associated with better skin-aging appearance. Make some guac stat.

 

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