Summer has its challenges when it comes to your skin. More sun, more air, longer days and later nights all have an effect on the way your skin looks and feels.

There are of course creams, serums, gels, and tonics you can use to better care for your skin in the summer, but you can also care for your skin from the inside out with your dietary choices. Here’s how.

To fight heat rashes

We get hear rashes because our sweat glands are blocked so that sweat can’t reach the skin’s surface and evaporate. The result is inflammation that leads to a rash, which is both painful and unattractive.

To fight it, eat foods that cool you like watermelon and cucumber, and go for chilled drinks like coconut or aloe vera waters. Avoid alcohol where you can.

To fight acne

More sweat = more acne. Supposedly, eating foods with a low glycemic index (GI) can reduce acne inflammation. Like oatmeal, sweet potatoes and most foods. You’ll want to cut back on your intake of high GI foods like bread, enriched pasta, white rice, snack foods, and instant foods in lieu of low GI foods and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

To fight sunburn

While it’s always great to cover up and use the appropriate sun creams, food can help too. Sweet potatoes can improve your skin’s resistance to ultraviolet rays so that your burn doesn’t get worse; cucumbers (with the skin on) will help to ease dryness as you recover from your sunburn; and tomatoes help to ease inflammation in your skin.

To fight dehydration

When the temperature goes up, our water levels tend to drop. To avoid going dry, eat all the water-based foods: melons, strawberries, cucumbers, celery, grapefruit, and iceberg lettuce are just a few.

What other dietary changes do you usually make in the summer?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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