How to get a golden glow this summer with Zespri SunGold kiwifruit
Summer is (finally) here, and the only thing you want to do is get outdoors and feel the sun on your face. We don’t blame you – but your face might! Time and time again we are told that too much sun isn’t good for our skin. Yet when the mercury starts to rise, it can be hard to resist…
So what can you do to help your skin during these summer months? For starters, you can make sure that you are treating your body to a nutrient-rich diet. Certain vitamins and minerals have skin-boosting properties that don’t just help your body heal and repair itself, but can actually help fight the signs of sun exposure and ageing1. In particular, studies have shown that vitamin C can have a range of benefits for healthy skin. And what’s the tastiest way to get a dose of vitamin C into your diet? By eating a Zespri SunGold kiwifruit of course!
Of course, it’s also our vanity that stops us overdoing it in the sun. It is a well-known fact that too much sun exposure can accelerate the signs of ageing. For example the sun’s rays can damage collagen, the substance that gives skin its fullness and elasticity2. As we get older, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, which can leave skin feeling dry and dull2. You only need to look in the mirror to see the evidence – more fine lines and wrinkles1 that just didn’t seem to be there yesterday! The good news is that a diet rich in vitamin C can also help here, as vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the formation of collagen1.
The even better news is that eating a Zespri SunGold kiwifruit is one of the most effective (and tasty!) ways to get your daily summer dose of vitamin C. In fact, with 161 mg of vitamin C per 100 g, Zespri SunGold kiwifruit are one of the most highly concentrated sources of vitamin C amongst all commonly eaten fruits – that’s more than three times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges!3
How can you help your skin this summer?
- Wear sunscreen
- Keep hydrated
- Eat a diet high in vitamin C1
And the best news of all? We’ve got a delicious summer recipe that will top up your vitamin C levels in no time. The Zespri SunGold Summer Smoothie is made from ingredients that are high in antioxidants, including blueberries, chocolate, oats, green tea, and of course… kiwifruit!
- Linus Pauling Institute. Vitamin C and Skin Health. Available from: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C (accessed 8 December 2016)
- Oregon State University. Vitamin C and Skin Health. Available from: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrients-health/skin-health/nutrient-index/vitamin-C (accessed 8 December 2016)
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28 (2015). Available from: www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnrc/ndl (accessed 8 December 2016)