With summer in full swing, help your skin successfully weather the season with these two essential steps: exfoliation and moisturization. As dermatologist will tell you, skin-cell buildup can lead to dryness, poor circulation and possibly blemishes. Exfoliation removes these dead cells, thus revealing fresh skin that is better able to absorb moisture — and moisturization is the second part of this one-two combination.
As an aside for men: While men’s skin is typically oilier than women’s, men are oftentimes more prone to epidermal dehydration.
So here are 5 easy ways your kitchen can serve as your very own spa:
Grapefruit = Hydration
Juicy, tart, sweet, and refreshing, delicious grapefruit keeps you beautiful, inside and out! I use it in my kitchen because it’s easy to find year round and I love its versatile flavor. Grapefruit contains potassium, which is necessary to keep water levels stable in your body for proper hydration.
Avocado = Moisturizer
If you can’t do grapefruit because you’re on certain prescription medications, Avocado is also a good choice since it’s also high in potassium. Packed with vitamins A, C and E and a mix of good fats, avocado works as the perfect moisturizer, reducing roughness, cracking and irritation.
Broccoli= Inner Cell Protection
Broccoli has been touted as a superfood, and for good reason. The vitamin C in broccoli aids in collagen production and keeps your skin healthy and supple, while vitamin E protects your skin cell membranes and guards against UV radiation damage. Broccoli is available year round and is a staple in my fridge. I love it because it’s versatile and I know that most of my dinner guests and their kids just love it.
Baby Spinach = Anti-Wrinkle
Rich in vitamin A, spinach is truly the ultimate skin care vitamin. Used in wrinkle creams and acne treatments, spinach works your skin from the inside out.
Peach = Exfoliant
Peaches are great sources of skin-rejuvenating alpha-hydroxy fruit acids that remove dead skin cells, as well as vitamins A and C to nurture new ones. Peach juice can unblock pores, fight blemishes and may even reduce wrinkles — its astringent effects are especially effective for oily skin.