Looking to protect your skin this summer? Slather on that SPF every chance you get. You can also earn some extra sun protection points in the kitchen, with summer fruits. Summer’s juicy treats are not only refreshing in warm weather, they may also shield your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Compounds in these fruits can boost your skin's natural resilience against wrinkles and sun damage, according to Allison Tannis, author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles.
In-season skin savers
Which fruits make the cut? Cherries, nectarines, and watermelon. Check out their unique protective benefits:
Eat just a handful a day and you may enjoy smoother skin. Cherries are loaded with inflammation-fighting anthocyanins and melatonin, which help reduce puffiness, Tannis writes. That’s not all: Melatonin may also boost UV protection and cell growth — both of which help keep wrinkles at bay. Tart cherries tend to be highest in melatonin.
The smooth-skinned sister of the peach is loaded with powerful nutrients that may help correct sun damage from the inside out, according to Tannis. These include lycopene, lutein, niacin, copper, and vitamins A, C, and E. This trio of vitamins also work to control inflammation and free radical damage in the skin.
This fruit lives up to its name — it’s more than 91% water. Watermelon is also a rich source of lycopene, which helps protect and preserve connections between your skin’s cells, leaving your skin tighter, smoother, and better able to retain moisture.