Fruits can make you glow in more ways than one. Not only are they packed with the fiber, vitamins and minerals your body needs to help protect it from illness and infections, they also provide key nutrients that keep skin looking beautiful.
Healthier skin starts with these four fruits:
Watermelon consists of 90% water and hydrates the skin and body while having a rejuvenating effect on the skin. It contains lycopene that helps flush out toxins and combats free radicals with its anti-oxidant properties. It is an inexpensive and quick detox therapy for skin. Put thin slices of watermelon on your face for a quick cooling.
Strawberries have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit. And research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who eat foods rich in C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t. Strawberries help the body manufacture collagen which makes the skin supple and smooth. They are also loaded with antioxidant compounds that are very effective in neutralizing free radicals that lead to skin cell damage and premature skin aging.
Papaya is a good source of vitamin A and papain. Vitamin A acts as an anti-oxidant, while the papain breaks down inactive proteins and removes dead cells. The best feature of the fruit is its low-sodium quality. Since the salt content is minimal, the water retention is also less, resulting in well hydrated skin. You can also rub mashed papaya on cracked heels to remove dead cells and make feet softer.
Pomegranates are one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits available. The juices from pomegranate seeds contain anthocyanins that act to strengthen the walls of the tiny blood vessels that supply nutrients to the skin.
So the next time you’re at the supermarket, pick up these 4 fruits. Not only will you feel better, you’ll look better too.