The latest skin care products can help your skin look its best, but they may not be enough to keep skin completely clear and healthy. Samantha Heller, registered dietitian for Health magazine, says that skin products will do no good if a person is not eating healthy. Fruit in your diet contributes to glowing and beautiful skin.
Mangoes are rich in beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that acts as an antioxidant. Beta-carotene is most known for protection against sun damage. Exposure to the sun causes free radicals to be formed in the skin and these free radicals create a process of destruction and damage to skin cells. Deep orange fruits and vegetables such as mangoes provide skin with protection against the harmful effects of the sun.
Another protective antioxidant is lycopene. According to Heller, lycopene is one of the best antioxidants for the skin. It provides a red or pink pigmentation to fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes are the most well-known source of lycopene but there are plenty of others. Pink grapefruit is full of lycopene and can help decrease the free radical damage in skin.
Vitamin C is crucial for skin health. It produces and protects collagen leading to firm and even skin. Vitamin C also contributes to a healthy glow in the skin as higher intakes have been associated with better appearance. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and can easily be added to any diet.
Berries in general are packed with nutrients that aid in clear skin. Strawberries contain many skin-nourishing nutrients and are an excellent source of vitamin C. This fruit is packed full of antioxidants and make great snacks and toppings for salads, yogurt and oatmeal.
Watermelon, a low-calorie fruit, contains beta-carotene, vitamin C and lycopene. These three nutrients are essential for skin health and protection from damage. This summer fruit can help protect you from harmful ultraviolet rays and contribute to hydration, keeping the skin firm and moisturized.
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