For most, summer excitement typically revolves around beach days, BBQs and music festivals. But, we at like to keep it real. As food lovers, we’re all about the summer fruits. Strawberries, blueberries, cherries — we love them all and we don’t discriminate. Stick us on a beach with a bowl of beautiful fresh fruit (and maybe a cocktail) and we can guarantee the fruit will have 99.9 percent of our attention. And we like to think our love for yummy fruity goodness is justified, not because they’re delicious (though they are!), but because they’re great for our bodies and complexions. So, the next time you get judgmental stares while you’re downing a whole cantaloupe, just remember the following facts below and feel free to share them with your judgy-wudgy audience.

Fruits That Make Your Prettier

Strawberries: Acne- and Oil-Busters

These pretty red berries are as beneficial as they are yummy! Strawberries’ acidic properties and vitamin C content make them the perfect warriors for fighting can. They also can clear up sebum, help fight oil and prevent clogging of the pores. This is why strawberries are often star ingredients in scrubs and masks, as they make for great natural exfoliators! So feel free to throw them in your yogurt for breakfast or you can look for facial and body products containing the juicy red berry!

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Blueberries: Hair-Growth Master

These berries may be small, but they are loaded with vitamin B, which is great for helping you get long, thick locks. Blueberries help grow hair by improving the oxygen and blood flow to your head, particularly your scalp. So be sure to include some blueberries in your daily smoothie and watch your hair grow long and luscious in no time.

Cherries: Anti-Aging Avenger

Cherries contain super-high levels of antioxidants, which can work wonders on your skin. In fact, scientific studies have shown that a glass of real cherry juice can slow the aging process. The antioxidants help fight free radical damage in the skin, keeping wrinkles, pigmentation and fine lines at bay. Yes, please!

Oranges: The Glow-Getter

The bright, vivacious color oranges are famous for can be yours … but maybe not quite so orange. The vitamin content in oranges helps keep your skin glowing and supple. The fruit’s vitamin C levels, in particular, increase blood flow to the skin and promote a brighter, more radiant complexion.

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Cantaloupe: The Skin Regenerator

This super-sweet fruit contains high levels of vitamins A and C. When these two workhorses get together, you’ve got quite the skin rejuvenator on your hands. While vitamin A encourages cell turnover, vitamin C increases collagen production. Because of its two star vitamins, cantaloupe can actually help treat eczema, burns and abrasions. That’s some power!

Now that you’ve got your fruit fix, it’s time to move on to more skincare tips and tricks

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