As an individual who is concerned about how the food that I eat affects my appearance, I find myself frequently researching the issue. In so doing, I have discovered that there are many foods that contribute to healthy skin. Here are three:
An acquaintance in high school once referenced the fact that melon improves the appearance of one’s skin during a presentation she made. Although I understood what she was talking about then, I didn’t give it much thought. Yet in preparing for a pageant several years ago, I took the advice to heart and began consuming the fruit consistently. Sure enough, my skin acquired a healthy glow after about two weeks. In citing how melon improves the skin’s appearance, Health magazine writer Allie Vasilakis quotes the findings of Dawn Gallagher on the issue. In summarizing the positive effects of melons, the Nature’s Beauty Secrets author notes that “They contain lycopene and vitamins A and C, all of which help your body fight the free radicals that cause cell damage and, ultimately, the signs of aging.” Thus melon consumption can greatly contribute to healthy skin.
Although oranges are a great food to consume given the fact that they taste great, eating the fruit can also play a role in making your skin look good. In his article on how eating oranges affects the skin, writer Caleb McAllister notes the findings of the National Institutes of Health. According to the Institute, oranges are a part of the chemical group alpha hydroxyl acids. This acid is an exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and cleanses pores, two acts that contribute to acne prevention. Ultimately then, eating oranges can lead to zit-free skin.
In reporting on the positive effects that bananas have on your face, eHow contributor Kelly Sundstrum notes that “Bananas help the body produce good bacteria, and help flush out the bad bacteria that helps to cause acne.” Ultimately then, eating bananas can contribute to better skin. In addition to citing how banana consumption contributers to better skin, Sundstrum also offers readers a unique way to consume bananas. Her recipe includes using the fruit as one component in an acne-fighting smoothie that also contains healthy foods like spinach and blueberries.
While many of us may have been consuming the aforementioned fruits because of their delicious taste, it is good to know that eating them can also make our skin look great. Personally, I like to eat melon by itself and blend bananas and oranges into a smoothie that has a pleasant citrusy flavor. Bon appétit!