Summer is an especially good time to dig into superfoods – nutrient-packed proteins and vegetables that offer special benefits for summer skin. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach, as well as cauliflower and bell peppers, are full of Vitamin C, which builds collagen production. Spinach also has a big dose of Vitamin E which helps retain moisture and reduces inflammation and irritation.
Eggs and salmon are bursting with Vitamin B and biotin, which builds skin cells, and Vitamin D which alleviates blotchy skin and red spots. For extra nutrition on the go, you can always supplement with Simple Truth® vitamins. Look for a multi-vitamin strong in B, C, D and E.
As long as you’re drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated, why not enhance it for even better results. Green tea has bushels of antioxidants and bioflavonoids that help protect your skin and nourish your whole body. Enjoy several glasses of iced green tea every day, or make green tea ice cubes and add them to your water bottle.
Protection from the Elements
The best sunscreens also moisturize and soothe your skin while they are busy blocking the sun’s intensity. Alba Botanica® Even SPF lotion includes sea moss extracts that are rich with antioxidants to help fight inflammation. Also, damaging summer elements include more than just the sun. Neutrogena® features a Beach Defense® sunscreen series in lotion, sticks or sprays, helping to protect your skin from the harsh chemicals in pools and from abrasive salt water.
Lips need extra help, too. Burt’s Bees® lip balms contain Vitamin E which provides a built-in defense from ultraviolet rays. Moon Valley Organics use a variety of organic herbs and essential oils in their lip balms to help seal in moisture naturally.