With summer right around the corner, it is essential to protect yourself against the destructive effects of the sun. This is not to say that we should steer clear of sunlight, as Vitamin D is necessary for optimal long term health, but it does mean that it is important to take necessary steps in taking care of yourself while out in the sun.
Slathering on sunscreen is a must, as it protects outer skin from sun damage, but there are also ways to protect yourself internally, based on the foods you consume.
Certain foods are rich in vitamins and nutrients that specifically boost skin’s natural sun protection properties and promote healing. Below, are 8 sun-fighting superfoods that will help protect skin from the inside-out:
Almonds are a prime source of Vitamin E, which help in protecting and repairing skin from sun damage. Almonds also contain quercetin, which help to slow the aging of skin cells by easing the breakdown of collagen in skin and diminishing the appearance of scars.
Some call tomatoes sun’s natural sunscreen, as it is a major source of the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is a nutrient produced in plants to defend against environmental and UV damage, and also helps to minimize the inflammatory response to UV damage on the skin’s surface.
Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA. EPA helps to protect skin against radical free damage caused by the sun by prolonging the time skin gets burnt during sun exposure.
Dark, Leafy Greens
Spinach, kale, and other dark greens are rich in antioxidants, specifically carotenoids. When consumed, carotenoids help in preventing sunburn and oxidative stress, which can lead to wrinkles and prospective skin cancer.
Pomegranates contain rich dietary sources of ellagic acid, which can protect skin against cell damage powered by UVA and UVB sun rays.
Carrots are one of the best sources of beta-carotene, an acting antioxidant that protects skin, tissues, and cells from free radical damage induced by excessive sun exposure, such as photo-aging. Carrots are also reported to reduce sunburns immensely.
Green tea contains EGCG, a natural chemical that fights free radicals and counteracts genetic damage in human skin cells by decreasing inflammation. Opt for decaf, as caffeinated beverages can be dehydrating.
Strawberries are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and contain tannins. Tannins aid in reducing the sting of sunburns, simply mash up strawberries and place them directly onto skin to provide instant, natural relief to a terrible sunburn.
This summer, as you lay by the swimming pool and begin to feel hungry, consider picking up one of these healthy and beneficial sun-fighting superfoods, as you’ll be protecting your skin from sun damage and improving your body from the inside-out.
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