These two foods are a summer staple! Not only are they a great summer snack, but they are also a dream for your skin. Both watermelon and cucumbers are a great way to stay extra hydrated during the hot months of summer. Additionally, watermelon also contains essential nutrients and beneficial plant compounds like Vitamin C, A, Potassium & Magnesium. Vitamin C and A help the body produce collagen, which is the protein that keeps your skin healthy. Cucumbers have antioxidants that can block free radicals from entering your skin, keeping it happy and healthy.
Check out this Minty Watermelon-Cucumber Salad packed with vitamins and antioxidants perfect for your skin:
Naengmyeon is a traditional Korean favorite that is enjoyed during hot summer days because it is made with cold broth making it super refreshing. Traditional Naengmyeon is made with buckwheat noodles, beef broth, and garnished with dongchimi, which is a radish water kimchi. Buckwheat noodles are low fat, gluten-free, high in protein, and contain manganese. Manganese helps the metabolism break down cholesterol and carbs. Dongchimi is a fermented white kimchi that contains healthy probiotics. Many Koreans swear by Dongchimi to help with heart health and good skin.
Did you know an omega-3 acid deficiency can cause dry and flaky skin? No worries. Fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Not only do omega-3 fatty acids combat dry skin, but they can reduce inflammation, redness, and acne. Eating fish can also make your skin less sensitive to UV rays. Add some fresh summer vegetables along with your salmon to add essential vitamins and nutrients. Overall, don’t forget to include fish as a staple in your diet to achieve flawless skin. Check out the recipe below for an amazing summer salmon dish!
Like Naengmyeon, Japanese Soba Noodles are made mostly from buckwheat flour containing manganese, an overall great nutrient for your overall health and skin. The good thing about Soba Noodles is that you can enjoy them hot or cold. Soba is healthy, light, and great for keeping your skin clear. In the summer, cold Japanese Soba Noodles are the perfect lunch time meal!
Check out this recipe on Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Salad:
Craving something cold and sweet for the summer, but are trying to stay away from high-fat lactose ice creams and smoothies? Try this Korean shaved ice treat to cool your body down on hot summer days! Bingsu(빙수) in Korea is a popular shaved ice dessert with various sweet toppings. Patbingsu is a variation with sweetened red adzuki beans. Adzuki beans are loaded with protein, fiber, and over 29 beneficial antioxidants. These antioxidants are perfect for keeping your skin ageless!
Looking for an alternative to a regular fruit smoothie? Consider a Vietnamese Avocado Shake or alternatively known asSinh tố bơ. This smoothie’s ingredient superstar is the vitamin rich avocado. Avocados are high in healthy fats and oil essential for good skin health. Avocados can prevent skin damage, improve skin elasticity, minimize breakouts, and improve overall skin health. Usually this smoothie is made with condensed milk and regular yogurt, but here is a healthy alternative that will make your skin happy.
Check out the recipe which we featured on our TikTok:
While we are patiently waiting for our Best-Selling Soft Water Peel for Face to restock, make sure you are taking other steps to ensure you have healthy, radiant skin by nourishing your skin with nutrient rich seasonal foods. These recipes are especially perfect for the last month of summer.
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