The summer season is slowly making its way into the year as the days are getting warmer. Once the heat reaches its peak, we turn to the bountiful fruits of the season for some respite. We commonly associate the summer season with fruits like watermelon, mango, litchi, papaya, musk-melon and many more. Among many other nutritional benefits that these fruits offer, they are also particularly beneficial for the health of our skin and hair besides being low on calories.
Watermelon is one of the most commonly available and consumed fruits of the summer season. It is a low-calorie fruit that has numerous nutritional benefits. The seeds of watermelon are just as beneficial, if not more, than the fruit. Watermelon contains several antioxidants that help defy the signs of ageing on the skin and therefore making it look firmer, younger and healthier. Moreover, the seeds of the fruit contain unsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic acid that keep the skin elastic and youthful.
Most people tend to think that the benefit that fruits provide to the skin and hair is best accrued when these fruits are applied directly on to the skin/hair rather than eating them.
However, it is important to clarify that the best way to reap the benefits of fruits and vegetables for good skin and hair is to incorporate them into our diets. Of course, there are many ways in which you can use fruits topically as face packs or hair masks, but do not think that that will make a good enough substitute for consuming them.
Pineapple is another fruit that is very appealing in the summer season. It has numerous health benefits. It is a low-calorie fruit that is rich in fibre. Speaking of its benefits to the skin in particular, it boosts the production of collagen. Moreover, it helps the skin to shed damaged and dead cells, thereby promoting a clear and healthy complexion. Pineapple is also beneficial for the skin as its anti-oxidants fight the signs of free-radical damage to the skin. Making this fruit a part of your daily diet will reduce the signs of ageing and the appearance of fine lines on your skin.
Papaya is perhaps one of the most well- known fruits when it comes to skin care. It is a common ingredient in many skin care products. Papaya is a rich source of Vitamin C. It also contains carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene. Together, these nutrients do wonders for the skin. They help protect the skin against free-radical damage, which results in wrinkles and other signs of ageing. When used directly on the face and body, papaya helps improve the texture and the appearance of the skin.
Grapefruit is another great citrus fruit for the summer season, but often neglect. Among all the citrus fruits, grapefruit has the highest concentration of Vitamin C, which is necessary for the production of collagen in the skin. Grapefruit extracts are commonly used in skin and hair care products to help reduce conditions such as dandruff and acne.
So, beat the summer heat with the bounty of fruits that this season offers.