Summer Foods Your Skin Will Love. Bonus: Summer Nourishing Mask
is a time for the beach, parties, weddings, graduations and
barbecues...and with the summer, our acne gets aggravated by sweat,
sunscreens, sunless tanning, diet and a number of other factors. So
here's how to use the bounty offered by the summer to do something good
for your skin. Summer foods can actually protect your skin from the
- Choose foods with large amounts of omega-3.
Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory properties. Grill your wild salmon,
and trout. Make yourself a fresh herring salad. The powerhouse of
omega-3, the sardine, is even packed with Vitamin D too.
- Start picking those berries.
Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries have catechins that
protect skin from UVA rays. So have them as snacks, add them to salads
and yogurt, or make a delicious natural sorbet drink blending them
with a bit of spring water and ice.
- Feast on tomatoes and watermelons. Great to eat by themselves or not, tomatoes and watermelons contain lycopene, which protects your skin against UVA rays.
- Discover broccoli sprouts.
Broccoli sprouts have the richest source of glucoraphanin, the
precursor of sulforaphane, which is credited with increasing the skin's
ability to protect itself from cancer.
- Love the "fuzzy" kiwi (not a bird - the FRUIT- silly). One kiwi has
more Vitamin C than a lemon; it is rich in many microelements
including zinc that is great for acne prone skin and also contains a
load of antioxidants. You can add this fuzzy cute fruit to salads,
eat it with your cereal, use on frozen yogurt to add a color to
your desert or simply eat it as an apple.
Summer Nourishing Mask
makes your skin work very hard. Sun, wind and sweat may exacerbate
symptoms of acne and irritate the skin. Dry skin may actually stimulate
the sebaceous glances to produce more sebum; overall summer stress can
result in making skin very sensitive. Try this moisturizing mask to help
your skin cope with summer stress.
What you need:
1 cup plain yogurt
2 ½ tablespoons of unflavored honey
½ to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (for oily skin only)
Cotton pads (optional)
In a bowl, mix together the yogurt and honey. For oily skin, you may
add ½ to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to help absorb excess oil.
You might want to do a patch-test with the mixture first, behind one ear. Wait one hour, watching for any irritation.
How to use it:
With clean hands or cotton pads, apply the mask liberally to your
freshly washed face and neck (even your décolletage), and leave on for
5-10 minutes. Gently wash off with warm water.
With a promise of clear skin,