Summertime can take a heavy toll on your skin. Between beach-time sunscreen, sand, and super sweaty outdoor runs, your skin sure does take a beating when the weather gets hot. Due to the increase temperatures, you probably tend to sweat more than you normally would, increasing the oil production on your skin and making you look a little slick all over.
Not ideal, right? The worst part is when that slick feeling leads to summer blemishes, hot sunburns, and a variety of other warm-weather skin woes. And unfortunately, it can feel quite difficult to avoid. Unless you want to stay inside all summer (which we personally do not), you need to quickly find some helpful remedies that can improve your complexion during these gorgeous skin-baring months.
One thing that helps? The food you eat. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin K, omega-3’s, and more can seriously enrich the skin and have your face gleaming (in a good way) the whole day through.
How can you find foods that incorporate these skin-clearing vitamins and minerals? Lucky for you, they exist in the foods you probably eat every day.
When you sit down to breakfast in the morning, load a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and almonds. Oatmeal digests slowly, which keeps your blood sugar in check and therefore helps avoid the inflammation that can occur when blood sugar spikes (think: when you eat a donut). Almonds are high in vitamin E, which has been said to protect the skin from sun damage. Blueberries are chock-full of antioxidants, which fight off the damage our body incurs from outside forces. Your favorite variety of berry probably packs a similar antioxidant punch.
For lunch, consider a salad or bed of kale as a base. Leafy greens contain vitamin K and antioxidants for rich skin-loving pleasure. Throw a piece of baked salmon or other fish on top to take advantage of the meal’s omega-3 fatty acids, which are said to protect the skin from acne and blemishes (it also works wonders on the hair). Omega-3’s also reduce inflammation, keeping your skin looking clear.
When dinnertime rolls around, keep those fruits and veggies handy. Create a soup or salad with tomatoes and red peppers to really enhance the skin’s texture and shine. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, while red peppers are rich in vitamin C. Pair it with a side of quinoa or buckwheat for a splash of antioxidants and slow-releasing energy.
Who knew keeping your skin clear is as easy as sitting down to a meal?! Try out these ideas, and let us know how it goes in the comments below.