You skin is an outer reflection of your inner health. Luckily, the nutrients needed for a healthy glow also revitalize the body, since every cell – right down to those cute freckles! – need the same arsenal of vitamins and minerals to stay well-tuned. Vanity might just be your clients’ best vice! Watermelon is the perfect anti-aging food for skin, because:
1. It is rich in the building block for vitamin A, a nutrient essential for the maintenance of epithelial tissues, with skin being the largest epithelial tissue you’ve got. Include lots of vitamin A-rich foods in the diet and you help prevent dry, scaly, or rough skin.
2. It is one of Mother Nature’s best sources of antioxidants, such as vitamin C and lycopene, which protect against premature aging and even skin cancer associated with the #1 enemy of skin – the sun. Ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight generate oxygen fragments called free radicals. These highly-reactive compounds pierce delicate cell membranes and attack the genetic code within skin cells, damaging underlying structures such as collagen and elastic fibers. UVA light penetrates the outer layers of the skin, causing sunburn, sun spots, rough texture, and skin cancer. UBA light penetrates deeper skin layers, resulting in wrinkles. The antioxidants in watermelon protect against that damage and lower the risk for redness, wrinkling, and even skin cancer.
3. It contains 461 micrograms of beta carotene in every cup. An amount that helps reduce the redness and skin inflammation of sunburn. Beta carotene accumulates in the skin providing 24-hour protection against sun damage. The more carotene-rich produce your clients eat, the more skin protection they get.
4. Watermelon is one of the richest dietary sources of the carotenoid, lycopene, containing 6,889 micrograms in every cup. Numerous studies, including a recent one from the University of Manchester, report that lycopene is particularly effective at protecting against sun damage associated with aging and cancer of the skin.