The beauty boost: hydration + antioxidant protection
This summer staple is not only ultra-hydrating, but it also "contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant pigment that defends against UV damage in your skin and reduces redness caused by sun exposure," Hart says.
The beauty boost: vitamins + antioxidants
A southern favorite, this slightly bitter cousin of kale has good-for-you nutrients like vitamin A and C, plus "potent cancer-preventative compounds called glucosinolates," Hart explains. Naturally low in calories, the deep green leaves are also rich in chlorophyll, vitamin K, and folate, which promote healthy blood cells.
The beauty boost: anti-aging + UV protection
Blueberries contain anthocyanin pigments (the source of their skin's blue color), which boost skin's elasticity and provide UV protection. And thanks to their high concentration of vitamins C, E, and potassium, these little gems pack a punch of anti-aging power.
The beauty boost: collagen-stimulating + antioxidants
Bell peppers are a great source of collagen-building, antioxidant vitamin C, which helps keep your skin looking youthful. In fact, just one yellow bell pepper contains almost 600 percent of your daily-recommended amount of the nutrient.
The beauty boost: UV protection
Turns out your Nonna's homemade marinara is just what the dermatologist ordered. Rich in lycopene, beta-carotene, and vitamin C, these fruits (yes, fruits!) fend off wrinkle-causing UV damage.
The beauty boost: depuffing + elasticity
Celery is a natural diuretic, due to its healthy mix of sodium and potassium "that helps maintain electrolyte balance in your body, detoxify, and reduce water retention," Hart explains. The silicon in celery also helps support skin elasticity and hydration.
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On your next trip to the farmer's market, load up on these beauty-boosting summer produce picks from beauty editor-turned-nutritionist Jolene Hart's new book Eat Pretty.