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8 summer beauty foods:

What you eat is more important for your skin than the products you use.
By Motherpedia
Date: November 18 2014
Tags: skincare,
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Once the temperature warms, nature challenges skin even more, aggravating it and possibly resulting in acne, rashes and blotchy skin.

If the warmer temperatures are taking a toll on more than your natural deodorant supply and starting to affect your skin with breakouts and heat rashes, you might want these cooling, summer beauty foods in your fridge.

But guess what!? The food you eat can help keep the heat in check and, if you eat the right foods, will also benefit more than your skin. In fact, experts say that what you eat is far more important than what you put on your skin.

Just what foods can cool you off, while helping your skin, too? Here are eight, many of which might already be in your fridge.

1. Peppermint

While mint is very uplifting, it’s also relaxing to the body. Whenever you’re relaxed, that’s going to help reduce your stress hormones, which in turn is kinder to your skin. Mint also may help reduce androgens, which can cause oil production and acne.

2. Red grapes

Grapes are only cooling if they are sweet, she says. Green grapes, for example, won’t do the trick. Sour, salty, and pungent foods are more heating, you want grapes that aren’t sour.

3. Cucumber

Cucumbers are similar to watermelon in that they’re hydrating foods. They also have silica in them that has anti-ageing qualities.

4. Turmeric

This root is super anti-inflammatory, which means it helps with flare-ups of all kinds over time, whether it’s an acne breakout or knees and joints following your workout!

5. Watermelon

The summertime favourite will definitely bring your temperature down. It’s not just cooling. It’s cold. Don’t eat it with other foods, but instead wait to snack on it about an hour after your meal.

6. Coconut water

Coconut water is very cooling, balancing, and has a lot of electrolytes, which we lose when we sweat during the summer.

7. Fennel

Many spices naturally bring ‘warmth’ to your body, but fennel brings ‘cool’ to your body. Thinly slice raw fennel over a salad and enjoy the cabbage-like crunch and better digestion, which helps promote clear and glowing skin.

8. Chrysanthemum tea

Tea in the summer? It might not sound refreshing, but it’ll cool you off. It’s also helpful in treating pimples and acne and is high in Vitamin C.

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