Hy-Vee at Midday: Natural Beauty Tips

By Kimberly Proctor, Hy-Vee Dietitian

Beauty is more than skin-deep. Did you know that choosing foods with key nutrients for healthy skin can help you achieve and maintain a healthy complexion? Today, your Mount Vernon Road Hy-Vee dietitian will feature foods that benefit the skin inside and out.

Skin-friendly nutrients:
• Lycopene is a pigment that gives watermelon, tomatoes and pink grapefruit their red color. Lycopene helps protect skin by acting as a natural sunscreen.
• Omega-3 fatty acids are important fatty acids for maintaining skin cell membranes and preventing inflammation. Fatty fish (salmon), walnuts and flaxseeds are good sources.
• Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps capture free radicals caused by sun exposure. Vitamin C is also necessary for collagen synthesis and firm skin. Berries, bell peppers, citrus fruits and melons are good sources of Vitamin C.
• Beta-carotene is a pigment found in orange-colored fruits and vegetables. It has antioxidant and skin renewal properties. Carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, mango and sweet potatoes are good sources.
• Proper hydration plumps the skin cells, making the complexion appear youthful. Drink plenty of water and consume foods with a high water content to maintain proper fluid balance.

Skin-friendly foods to apply to skin*:
• Fruits such as pineapple, papaya, lemon, and peach contain alpha-hydroxy fruit acids and enzymes that act as exfoliants to remove dead surface skin cells.
• Oatmeal has skin-soothing and moisturizing properties to relieve itching, redness and dry skin.
• Milk and yogurt are a rich in skin-friendly vitamins as well as lactic acid, another gentle exfoliant.
• Honey has both anti-microbial and moisturizing properties beneficial to skin.
*Note: Individual skin types vary, and even natural skin care products have potential to be irritating. Please test any homemade beauty recipes on your hand or wrist before applying to face.

Minted Melon Salad (serves 8)
all you need:
½ cup chopped fresh mint
1/3 cup Hy-Vee orange juice
2 tbsp. honey
3 cups cubed watermelon
2 ½ cups cubed cantaloupe
2 ½ cups cubed honeydew
all you do:
1. In a small bowl, combine mint, orange juice and honey. For a smoother dressing, place in a small blender and blend until all ingredients are well-incorporated.
2. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. Pour orange juice mixture over fruit and gently toss. Refrigerate.
Source: www.Hy-Vee.com/recipes
Nutrition information per serving (1 cup fruit): Calories 96, fat 0gm, cholesterol 0mg, carbohydrate 24g, sugar 20gm, fiber 1g, protein 1gm, sodium 20mg
Peaches and Cream Rejuvenating Facial
all you need:
1 ripe peach, peeled and pitted
2 tbsp. heavy cream
all you do:
1. Combine in a blender, apply to face and let sit on face for 10-15 minutes.

Exfoliating Kale Scrub
all you need:
1 tbsp. pure mint extract
1 tsp. plain gelatin
½ cup finely minced kale

all you do:
1. Combine mint extract and gelatin. Add kale.
2. Apply gently in a circular motion. Kale will gently slough off dead skin cells while the mint opens up the pores. Rinse well.
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