As redheads, we know our physical traits greatly impact our lifestyle. To that end, the old adage “you are what you eat” bares particular importance with us, as we understand our overall health is of vital importance when caring for our red hair and skin — they are often a strong reflection of what’s going on inside of us. Try out some of these delicious end-of-summer foods to ensure radiant health and redhead beauty from the inside out!
This summer classic is comprised of approximately 90% water, meaning it is very hydrating for your system (important for those long days spent outdoors and in the sun). Additionally, it’s high vitamin C and antioxidant content help repair and prevents signs of aging in the skin. Try it on its own or toss it with chopped fresh mint in a salad for a truly refreshing dish.
Loaded with Lycopene, tomatoes offer powerful defense from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Often grown in full sunlight, tomatoes have developed this property to protect itself from too much exposure. So, whether tossed in a salad or combined with fresh mozzarella cheese and basil in a Caprese, tomatoes are a must-try this summer season.
Bonus tip: Fresh basil actually contains flavonoids that also protect the skin from UV rays. It also has anti-inflammatory properties for the entire body.
Often called “nature’s candy,” berries (like blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries) are powerful sources of antioxidants, aiding in and preventing damage from free radicals. Additionally, they boast something called Anthocyanin pigments, which are known to boost skin elasticity and healthy connective tissue. Raspberries in particular also contain biotin for healthy hair and nails.
Sporting a daily dose of vitamin C per serving, bell peppers assist in the body’s ability to produce collagen – a building block of hair, skin, and nails, making these a true beauty staple. Include them raw on your next crudité and hummus platters or gilled on shish kababs with other veggies and protein like chicken or tofu.
A true superfood, garlic is considered antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and has even been shown to aid in fighting certain types of cancers. Considered a medicinal food in both alternative, holistic and western medicine, garlic’s laundry list of benefits will aid and enhance your body’s overall health, ensuring you both feel and look great. Eat it in pesto (with fresh basil!), salsa, guacamole, and fresh tomato sauces all summer long.
Eating fresh oranges throughout these long summer days will help replenish your potassium levels that are lost through sweat, preventing muscle cramps and dehydration. This delicious citrus fruit is also rich in vitamin C and made up of 80% water making it an absolute powerhouse for your skin.
7. Leafy greens
Summer is a wonderful time to load up on fresh lettuces and leafy greens. These varieties are loaded with vitamins + minerals and are known to be extremely detoxifying for the liver and organ which directly affects the appearance of the skin. Dark leafy greens, in particular, contain Carotenoids, which the body converts to vitamin A, protecting it from sun damage, strengthening the skin and even healing dry or irritated skin. Enjoy them in salads, or green smoothies and juices.
Rock it like a Redhead!