Thursday, September 6, 2012

Watermelon. Not Just for Snacking.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body and reflects our total overall health. It’s affected by stress, sleep patterns, water consumption, genetics, and, most importantly, diet. You hear me talk over and over about eating foods rich in antioxidants to change the skin at the cellular level. A healthy diet means healthy cells, healthy skin, and healthy hair.

Watermelon as Sunburn Soother
As the summer comes to an end, fill up on your watermelon. It is not only high in fiber and low in sugar (as far as fruits go) but also contains lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that has been proven to protect against UV skin damage. Additionally, watermelon has anti-inflammatory properties, which means you might feel better if you place pureed watermelon on your sunburned skin. The bottom line: eat watermelon before you go in the sun. And if you don’t slather on enough UVA/UVB protection during your outing, use a little watermelon on your skin to feel better. Who knew?

Watch for more upcoming skincare recipes and food tips!