Eat These 3 Fruits for Great Summer Skin

This season’s standout produce could be the secret to a radiant complexion.

Eat These 3 Fruits for Great Summer Skin

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.

Related: Ten Fruits and Veggies That Quench Your Thirst

Have you ever gotten to the last little bit of a vegetable or fruit and thought they only thing left to do was toss it? Or maybe you didn't get to one before it looked like it should be thrown out? Well there's no need to create more food waste! Here are two foods you can regrow right at home instead of throwing out.

Leftover Ginger

  1. Fill a bowl or cup with water and place your bit of ginger root inside.
  2. After a few weeks, watch for little sprouts to form.
  3. At this point, transfer the ginger to some potted soil. Give it plenty of space and moisture.
  4. After a few weeks, harvest your new ginger root!

Sprouted Potato

  1. Note where the sprouts (or eyes) are on the potato. Cut it in half so there are sprouts on both halves.
  2. Let the halves dry out overnight on a paper towel.
  3. Plant the dried potato halves in soil, cut side down.
  4. Small potatoes will be ready to harvest in about 10 weeks, while larger potatoes will be ready in about three to four months.

There's no need for food waste here when you know the tips and tricks to use up all your food at home. And click here to see which foods you can keep past the Sell By date!