1. Bell Peppers
Not only are they delicious, but bell peppers are one of the best vitamin C-rich foods and pack in 95mg — over 100% of the daily value for vitamin C — in just half a cup. Vitamin C has important antioxidant properties and is known for its immune-supporting benefits, but it plays a significant role in skin health too.
Vitamin C can prevent and treat skin damage from ultraviolet (UV) light and even plays a role in wound healing. The antioxidant is also important for collagen synthesis. We know that many environmental pollutants can decrease vitamin C levels in the skin and lead to free radical damage, so incorporating vitamin C-rich foods into the diet is key.
Add sliced peppers to salads and sandwiches or transform them into delicious red pepper hummus for a yummy way to reap the benefits of this favorite vegetable.
Every single cell in your body needs water to function properly and optimally, which is why foods with a high water content are helpful for meeting your daily hydration needs. Two cups of cubed watermelon equal a full cup of water and can help you (and therefore your skin cells) stay hydrated and maintain skin elasticity.
But that isn’t the only thing going for this delicious fruit. The beta-carotene and vitamin C found in watermelon makes it an antioxidant-packed snack that can help fight inflammation and free radicals in the skin.
Try cutting it up and storing it in the freezer for a treat during warmer months. You can even transform it into a festive watermelon pizza or enjoy it with a more savory twist in a delightful watermelon feta salad.