As the saying goes, you are what you eat! This summer, forget chemical products: here’s how to take care of all your skin problems by adding beauty foods to your diet.



If you notice sun spots

Spent too much time under the sun? Good news: avocados are good for your Instagram feed, and for your skin! They contain monounsaturated fatty acids, which work together with the skin against UV damage. Tomatoes are also a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, which helps protect the skin from damage from the sun and the pollution.



If your hair suffers from the sun and the heat

Dull colour, split ends… Your hair might suffer from an Omega-3 deficiency. Well, time to hit the fish market: salmon, sardines and halibut will do wonders for your hair, as well as pastured eggs, chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts. Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals like iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C, spinach is also must-have for healthy, shiny hair.



If you suddenly have breakouts

Time to spice things up! Turmeric is packed with antioxidants, which have amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Sweet tooth? Dark chocolate also has anti-inflammatory properties, which help to reduce inflammation in the body and make it an excellent resource in the fight against skin conditions like rosacea and eczema. Zinc controls the production of oil and the hormones that create acne; try pumpkins seeds, ginger, pecans, eggs, and oysters. Finally, add a bit of freshness to your plate with peppermint, which helps reduce stress, your skin’s number one enemy.



If you can’t take the heat

Summer is watermelon season, not only because it’s delicious, but because it cools down your body; eat it an hour after your meal for maximum results. You should also stock up on coconut water, as it’s loaded with electrolytes, which we lose when we sweat. And don’t forget cucumbers! They are mostly water, so they hydrate the body and skin.



If you want to look (and feel) more youthful

Foods like wild salmon, garlic, Brazil nuts, pastured eggs and brown rice have anti-aging properties, thanks to selenium, an antioxidant mineral that safeguards the skin from sun damage and delays aging by protecting its quality and elasticity. Cherries, which are high in in Vitamin C  (great for your collagen) and potassium (prevents dry, flaky skin), are also a must to get the perfect summer glow.


What are your favorite summer foods?


Sources: Well & Good, Healthista, Reader’s Digest, Huffington Post