Aside from slathering on sunblock and opting to sit in the shade, your diet can also play an important role in protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. So read on and stock your kitchen with these!
New research suggests some foods have the power to guard skin from the damage caused by the sun’s UV radiation. While a salad is no substitute for sunblock, these healthy foods could add inner protection against sunburn and wrinkles at the cellular level.
This super-food, along with cabbage and brussel sprouts, contains isothiocyanates, enzymes that have been shown to be anti-carcinogenic. They are also believed to boost the production of protective enzymes that defend cells against UV damage. Win win!
“Lycopene, a potent antioxidant found in tomatoes, has many sun-protecting benefits,” explains Los Angeles-based dermatologist, Dr. Annie Chiu. A German study recently examined the benefits of store-bought tomato paste. After only 10 weeks, subjects who ingested the paste experienced significantly less redness from the sun compared to those who did not.
We’ve all heard about beauty products with coconut oil in them, but did you know that if you eat this must-try miracle food it can nourish your skin from the inside out? “Coconuts contains lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties, and the saturated fat in coconut oil also protects the skin from UV damage from the sun,” says Dr. Lipman.
Animal studies suggest that these berries “may provide significant protection against oxidative stress induced by UVA radiation and may reduce sunburn-induced inflammation and swelling.
Instead of coffee, opt for this antioxidant-rich beverage. “Green tea contains polyphenol antioxidants, which are UV protective,” says Dr. Chiu. A double-blind, placebo controlled study demonstrated that consumption of green tea over 12 weeks significantly decreased sun-induced redness in the skin.
Need another reason to stalk up on citrus? “Vitamin C abundant produce protects against UV light exposure and can reduce inflammation associated with sunburns,” explains Dr. Chiu. It is also known to decrease the activity of enzymes activated by UV exposure. Meaning: your skin’s collagen will stay strong and firm looking.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with dark chocolate or cocoa, both of which are rich in flavonoids. “Flavonoids have powerful antioxidant activity that can help inhibit harmful UV-triggered chemical pathways that may lead to skin cancer,” says Dr. Chiu.
Chow down on leafy greens! According to Dr. Frank Lipman, an expert in integrative medicine, they contain beta-carotenes, which contribute to the growth and repair of body tissues and may also protect your skin against sun damage.
Like salmon, walnuts are high is essential fatty acids that could guard against sunburn.