You don’t have to slather your skin with chemicals to create and keep your pretty summer look. And the solution isn’t spendy, either.
Age Defying, Organic or Natural Skin Care
Any time you see those words, it’s a safe bet that some company will dip a hand in your pocket and expect you to pay handsomely for the privilege.
Why should we pay a lot of money when we can find real natural skin care products in our kitchen or growing in our gardens?
“Eating the right foods can help protect skin from oxidative stress that contributes to the aging process, clear up acne and brighten a dull complexion,” said Kari Kooi, a registered dietician at Houston Methodist Hospital. “As the name implies, watermelon hydrates cells so they’re plump and full; the high protein content in almonds stabilizes blood sugar, thereby minimizing acne flare-ups. These ingredients will not only brighten your plate but your overall appearance.”
Foods to Help Your Skin
These suggestions are good for you — inside and out.
- Almonds — a lot has been written about the heart healthy and other benefits of eating a small handful of almonds. Some believe that its magnesium content of 48% lessens acne and signs of aging. Eat them whole, slivered, or sliced, and use them in your favorite recipes.
- Carrots — The Beta carotene found in carrots protects your skin and keeps it youthful because it targets and repairs skin damage. Cooked carrots provide the most benefit from beta carotene.
- Pineapple — This delicious fruit contains the enzyme bromelain that can brighten your complexion and soften your skin. Pineapples ripen from the bottom up. Make sure it’s heavy for it’s size and that the end smells sweet.
- Watermelon — Nothing says summer like watermelon. It’s 90% water that hydrates cells and increases collagen production and that can revitalize your skin. Make a delicious salad of watermelon, thinly sliced red onion, and arugula. Dress it with red-wine vinegar and sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese.
Some foods can interfere with medications, so always talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you take prescription drugs.
Since I like to eat reasonably healthy and not spend a lot of time cooking, here are a few recipes that meet my criteria of being delicious and easy to prepare. (Yes, I like prosciutto.)
Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto
Prosciutto-Wrapped Pineapple Bites
Carrot Apple Ginger Soup
Almond & Lemon Crusted Fish with Spinach