Summer is here (finally!) and that means farmers markets galore and all the fresh fruit and produce you could want! I recently started thinking about how your diet can affect your health and physical appearance. I started doing some research on what fruits/vegetables are best for your skin. This is a great group to start with if you’re looking to have more glowing, healthy-looking summer skin. The best part is you can most likely find all of these fruits/vegetables at your local farmers market. As always, make sure you wash any produce or fruit you buy to help to cleanse it of any pesticides that could be on them.

Here are 5 of the fruits and vegetables that I’ve found are excellent for your skin this summer:

1. Radishes

Radishes have a high level of Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. These edible root vegetables come from a plant that’s part of the cabbage family. Radishes have many chemical compounds that give them their unique flavor. They have many vitamins and minerals in them that are responsible for their health benefits.

Radishes have many health benefits including detoxifying, easing digestion, soothing urinary problems, protecting against cancer, and helping to control blood sugar. Raw radishes are full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are good for your skin. A cup of radishes will also give you about 30 percent of your daily recommended Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a critical vitamin that helps with firming your skin and tightening, it can also help to protect your skin from environmental damage. Radishes can also help to plump and hydrate your skin due to the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Black radish juice is also a great solution to help with clogged pores. Mashed white radishes can also help with clogged pores in mask or juice form. If you mix radish juice with some citrus juice and apply it to your skin and clogged pores, you’re going to see results. Radishes can help to brighten your skin due to the Vitamin C and A  in them.

2. Asparagus

Asparagus are high in Vitamin C, folate and Vitamin A. Cultivated for over 2,000 years, asparagus has been a staple in our diets and self-care for a long time. Asparagus has many health benefits including aiding in weight loss, helping to fight cancer, improving your urinary tract health, fighting inflammation, supporting heart health, boosting brain health, aiding in digestion, improving bone health, improving your immunity, helping to treat diabetes, improving your vision health, easing hangovers, improving menstrual health, and more.

When used in your skincare routine, asparagus extract can cleanse your skin and treat acne. The Vitamins C and E will improve your skin’s tone while Vitamin C will also nourish your skin and help to keep it from feeling dry. The Vitamin C in asparagus can also improve your hair health too!

3. Kiwis

Kiwifruit are a great source of Vitamin C and E, fiber and potassium. This fruit, also known as Chinese gooseberry is native to Chang Kiang Valley of China and has been cultivated since the late 19th century. It’s actually the national fruit of China! Vitamin C is a powerhouse for your skin and kiwis are packed with it!

The Vitamin C and E in kiwis are great for rejuvenating your skin and will help your skin to get rid of toxins and wastes which leads to healthier, glowing skin. Vitamin E will help to make your skin more youthful as it aids in the regeneration of skin cells which will make your skin look more supple as well. Kiwi is also a well known regulator of sebum which if you have excessive sebum, you’ll end up with an oilier complexion and clogged pores. Kiwi’s anti-inflammatory properties help to fight acne by clearing your pores which helps to prevent future breakouts.

4. Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a great source of riboflavin, niacin, copper and pantothenate. These fungi can boost your immune system, and have been used to treat allergies, arthritis, bronchitis and cancer of the lung, stomach and esophagus. Mushrooms are yet another powerhouse for your skin too! The anti-inflammatory properties in mushrooms can help to improve acne, rosacea and eczema.

Mushrooms are packed with Vitamin D, selenium and antioxidants which can help protect your skin against wrinkles and environmental damage. Mushrooms get down to the layer of fat beneath your skin which can give you visibly younger looking skin. Mushrooms are magical powerhouses for your skin that are surely one you need to add to your skincare routine!

5. Rhubarb

Rhubarb is high in fiber, Vitamin K and C. This fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) nicknamed the “pie plant” because it’s usually stewed and added to jams, pie fillings and jellies is a wonderful fruit for your skin. Rhubarb is prized for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and often used to treat digestive issues. They’re also anti-oxidant rich, filled with Vitamin C, beta-carotene, phenolic acid, anthocyanins and more. These antioxidants can help neutralize the aging effects of free radicals as well as provide structural integrity of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid which helps your skin to remain wrinkle free and more supple.

Rhubarb is also an anti-inflammatory which means it can be used to treat acne breakouts, rosacea and even droopy skin. It’s natural anti-bacterial properties can help with skin infections and bacterial skin conditions like acne. Rhubarb can also be used to brighten your skin. Because it’s a tyrosinase inhibitor it can brighten spots of hyperpigmentation. Rhubarb has so many incredible benefits, you should definitely consider adding it to your skincare routine.

These foods are not only great for your skin, but your health as well. I chose this group in particular because they aren’t talked about as much and are lesser known. That doesn’t make them any less helpful to your skin and health. If you’d like to know what products or foods would be best for skin issues you’re experiencing, feel free to message me on social media or my website!

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