Mango is a beauty fruit, containing more than 20 different vitamins and minerals, including several nutrients that stand out when it comes to skin health: vitamin C, vitamin A (or beta carotene) and folate.
Vitamin C supports many different functions in the skin, including collagen formation, regeneration and wound repair. One cup of mango delivers a whopping 100% of the daily requirement for this important antioxidant. Vitamin C intake also has been associated with improved appearance of aging skin. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in a study involving 4,025 middle-aged women, researchers found that higher intakes of vitamin C were associated with lower prevalence of wrinkled appearance, dryness associated with aging and skin thinning.
Beta carotene is an antioxidant pigment that the body converts to vitamin A. Mangos deliver 35 percent of the daily vitamin A requirement in the form of beta carotene. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that lower levels of vitamin A in the diet have been associated with a wrinkled appearance. In addition, a number of studies in the same journal have shown that an elevated intake of carotenoids, such as beta carotene, may provide protection from sunlight, lessening sunburn.
Folate supports many different processes within the body. One cup of mango contains 20 percent of the daily requirements for this B vitamin. A study by researchers from the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control, The University of Arizona Cancer Center and Dermatology Professionals Incorporated, suggests that some of these may have an important impact on the maintenance and function of healthy skin and that exposure to UV radiation can break down folate, resulting in lower levels in the skin.
¼ cup of ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon extra virgin avocado oil
In a blender or food processor, puree all of the ingredients together. Rub mixture on face and leave on for 10 minutes or until dried.
Mango Tip: Use this as a base for other beauty applications: add a cup of brown sugar and a tablespoon of culinary lavender for a perfect body scrub or add ¼ cup more extra virgin avocado oil to create a moisturizing hair mask.
Brought to you by the wonderful people at The National Mango Board.
Say Goodbye to Dandruff Naturally with a Raw Honey Hair Mask
Why It Works: Raw honey is naturally moisturizing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory, and conducive to healing. This mask is super hydrating, so it’s a great option in the summer when the source of your dandruff is an overly dry, irritated scalp.
How To Use It: Mix two tablespoons coconut or olive oil with 1 tablespoon honey and heat in the microwave for a few seconds until warm enough to spread easily. Massage the mixture onto your scalp, then cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes to an hour. Rinse well, and enjoy not just a soothed, flake-free scalp, but gorgeously soft, shiny hair as a result.
Recipe from Youbeauty expert Julie Ricevuto.
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Walnuts — full of healthy fats and vitamin E
Water — Skin needs to stay hydrated in order to glow, so raise a glass pronto!
Berries — The antioxidants help rid your body of impurities!
Watermelon — The high water content, plus lycopene, helps protect skin cells from free radical damage.
Avocado — Not only loaded with healthy fats, but also contains vitamin E, which protects your skin from oxidative damage, and vitamin C that helps rebuild collagen. Even better, pair avocado with carotenoid-rich veggies, like carrots, to absorb this vitamin A or retinoid precursor, which has been shown to smooth roughness.