Summertime is about to be in full swing. Ballparks, beaches, swimming pools, and theme parks are about to be teeming with crowds as people head outside for fun under the sun. The sun’s rays have quite a few health benefits — like putting you in a better mood and providing vitamin D. However, they can also do some serious damage to your skin. But, as the old saying goes, you are what you eat — and this applies to your skin too. We all know we should be drinking plenty of water to keep ourselves and our skin healthy, but there are foods that will enhance the skin’s appearance, protect against the harmful effects of the sun, and sometimes reverse damage from years when we weren’t so skin savvy. Here are five foods you need to be eating for your best summer skin.
Trying to reverse damage to your skin accumulated that has over the years? Heat up some tomatoes. U.S. News explains that the lycopene in tomatoes can combat damage caused by free radicals, while protecting against future damage. Free radicals, the Harvard School of Public Health explains, grab electrons from any and every possible source. Once the electrons are lost, the DNA of the now electron-less substance is altered, which can negatively impact its functioning. Antioxidants are a remedy for this, giving away electrons to free radicals without taking from others.
To get the most from your tomatoes, you’ll want to cook them. Ina Garten’s Food Network recipe for roasted tomatoes will have you turning up the heat; serve the tomatoes with bread, in pasta, on a salad, or pop them into your mouth as is!
- 12 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, cores and seeds removed
- 4 tablespoons good olive oil
- 1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange the tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut sides up, in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle the garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper over the tomatoes. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tomatoes are concentrated and beginning to caramelize. Serve warm or at room temperature.