6 Summer Beauty Foods
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and beta-carotene. A diet rich in those nutrients may boost your skin's natural defense against sun damage and improve its appearance, according to a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Tomatoes are also a good source of vitamin C. One cup delivers almost half of the daily value. Of course, you should still wear sunscreen and avoid getting too much sun.
New ways to try it: Grilling tomatoes is a smart choice. "When tomatoes are cooked, they have even more lycopene," Dudash says.
Gazpacho and other cold soups are hydrating. "Plus you get a lot of nutrients," Frechman says. A cold soup made out of fruits or vegetables would provide a lot of the beauty foods containing vitamin C. Vitamin C can be destroyed by heat, Frechman notes, so enjoying a cool gazpacho will help you get more.
New ways to try it: Think beyond gazpacho and try recipes for cold fruit soups, like blueberry or cantaloupe.
6. Hibiscus Tea
"I'm obsessed with this ruby red tea," Dudash says. "Research shows it's high in antioxidants, including vitamin C and anthocyanins." It's usually found in tea blends, like red raspberry, so look for it in the ingredient list.
New ways to try it: Dudash enjoys it as is: unsweetened and a bit tart. She says it also makes a great base for margaritas. "It's a nice alternative to those syrupy sweet mixers," she says. "Just brew it really strong and add some agave and lime juice."