Eating a variety of different types of fruits is a natural way to rejuvenate the skin.
An apple a day may keep the general practitioner away, but a tomato may keep you far from the dermatologist's office. In fact, many of your skin's health needs can be satisfied by a brisk stroll through the produce section of your local market. There you can find a sundry of delicious fruits that are generally inexpensive and rich in vitamins and nutrients that nourish the skin.
You may love soaking up the rays, but a tan can lead to skin damage and wrinkles due to unprotected exposure to ultraviolet rays. According to a study published in the January 2011 issue of “British Journal of Dermatology," researchers at the University of Manchester found that fruits like tomatoes can help stave off these harmful effects because they contain lycopene. This antioxidant lends rich yellows, oranges and reds to fruits and vegetables. The study results showed that participants were protected against ultraviolet photo-damage after 12 weeks of consuming 55 grams of tomato paste daily. Although tomatoes have the highest concentration of lycopene, you can reap the compound's benefits from watermelon, pink grapefruit, apricot, guava and papaya.
Citrus and More
Free radicals accumulate in your skin and can catalyze visible aging on a cellular level. Consuming fruits high in vitamin C benefits the skin by boosting collagen production, repairing tissues and protecting your skin against free radicals. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruit, kiwi, strawberry and cantaloupe. Making these fruits part of a balanced diet is necessary because the body cannot produce or store vitamin C. The recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C is 90 milligrams for men and 75 milligrams for women and can easily be satisfied for both with just one-sixth of a medium cantaloupe.
Orange Fruits and Vitamin A
Mangoes, peaches and apricots are loaded with beta-carotene, a compound the body uses to make vitamin A. Eating plenty of these fruits helps to increase bodily vitamin A levels, contributing to skin and membrane integrity and helping to fight acne and psoriasis. Fortunately, mangoes are available year-round and are one of the most widely enjoyed fruits in the world, while summer is peak season for peaches and apricots. Try any of these tasty selections for breakfast with a serving of low-fat cottage cheese for a healthy start to your day.
Avocados are available throughout the year and are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. These fruits contain the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, which deactivates free radicals and may be able to facilitate the healing of sunburns, inflamed skin and certain skin disorders and sores, according to the National Institutes of Health. As an added benefit, the niacin and monounsaturated fatty acids found in avocados nourish the skin and maintain cell structure and function.