Our cleansing columnist shares her top seasonal produce for healthy, glowing skin.
Isn’t spring wonderful! The flowers bloom, trees come back to life, and the sun stays high well into the evening hours, drawing us out of the winter gloom and brightening our spirits. But that’s not all we love about spring—fresh produce picked during springtime offers major health benefits for our skin. Let’s take a look a closer look at some of the season’s finest offerings to see how they can nourish our skin from within.
Did you know strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges per ounce? These sweet red berries may help promote skin elasticity, protect against cardiovascular disease, and strengthen the immune system. If you can, buy organic—strawberries are on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and veggies containing higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce.
Feeling a little puffy? Is your skin dry and itchy? Start the day with a glass of warm lemon water. Warm water will help extract the vitamin C and polyphenols from both the lemon and its peel, so you can enjoy the full benefits of this citrus fruit. Because of their high potassium content, lemons also help balance sodium levels in the body and are high in other essential nutrients like folate.
These slender green spears are packed with vitamins A and C, which are essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Asparagus is a top-ranked vegetable for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. It is also rich in iron, which helps promote blood flow, slows the aging process, and reduces inflammation, a leading cause of cancerous cell growth.
This green stalk is a rich source of phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Although celery is low in calories, it is very high in dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and reduces stomach bloat. In addition, it improves the appearance of skin as it is an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. It is also a very good source of folate, potassium, manganese, and pantothenic acid.
Consider radishes the ultimate beauty food. Their high water content keeps skin well-nourished, and nutrients like vitamin C and zinc promote overall skin health. Radishes also contain anthocyanins, which help in the treatment of numerous cancers, from colon and kidney to stomach and oral.
Illustration by Bianca Xunise