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The Best Foods For Your Skin This Summer

Summer skincare is a major focus for a lot of us. Between spending more time out and about, sweating a little bit more, and dealing with the sun and the heat there are a lot of reasons to make it a priority. In addition to using the right products, however, and keeping your skin safe from the sun, this should also mean engineering your diet for optimal skincare. Believe it or not, the things you eat can have a major effect on the health and appearance of your skin. So, sticking with that idea, let’s look at a few things you should be eating or drinking from now through the summer if you want to get the most out of your skin.

1. Oatmeal
Oatmeal is the first food or drink item we’re mentioning here because it might just be the most potent. In addition to being highly regarded as a healthy, energy-boosting breakfast option, oatmeal actually carries numerous benefits for the skin. It’s a natural cleanser, natural exfoliator, it contains moisturizing proteins and lipids, and these are just a few of the perks worth mentioning. Incorporating oatmeal regularly into your diet should go a long way toward keeping you glowing and healthy-looking this summer.

2. Oysters
As long as you like seafood, this is arguably the most fun item on the list. Why? Well, because oysters happen to be just about the perfect summer food anyway! As it so happens they’re fairly healthy, or at least low in calories. And they’re more or less supercharged with zinc, which is terrific for the skin in multiple ways. Basically, zinc strengthens the cells in your skin against any kind of deterioration, and simultaneously wards off inflammation and acne. Oysters are loaded with the stuff, which makes them fun, delicious, and highly useful for summer skin health.

3. Kiwi
Who wouldn’t want to eat a little extra kiwi during the summer? It makes for a nice sweet, juicy snack, and it’s actually a fairly easy fruit to handle and prepare despite its fuzzy exterior (you really just need to cut it in half and spoon out the fruit). The health benefits here are pretty straightforward. Kiwi contains a lot of vitamin C, which is good for your body’s natural collagen, ultimately leading to smoother skin. Needless to say, the same benefit applies if you drink a little extra orange juice or eat most any form of citrus.

4. Green Tea
There really seems to be no end to the benefits of green tea. Many find it energizing and turn to it instead of morning coffee. One recent article aimed at gamers looking for a cognitive edge claimed that it boosts brain power (mostly through its caffeine content and the increased alertness it can lead to). And then there are the benefits for your skin. This type of tea comes packed with natural antioxidants (catechins) which naturally combat inflammation in your skin. Make it part of your morning routine with a bowl of oatmeal and a kiwi and you’re in pretty unstoppable shape!

5. Red Wine
You may have heard about red wine baths in the last few years. People are using this indulgent method for skin care and relaxation, and it’s certainly an interesting idea. However, actually drinking wine has numerous benefits as well. Like green tea it’s packed with antioxidants that can help keep your skin healthy fight inflammation. Additionally, if you do want to take advantage of some of the bathing benefits without doing a full red wine bath, you can rub it onto your face to combat acne and give your skin a healthy glow.

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