Did you know that slathering sunscreen isn’t the only way to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays? Something that many of us do not know is that we can naturally boost our skin’s sun protection by simply eating the right food. It is time to get to know more about it, so here are some six foods that can give your skin additional sun protection.
Eating tomatoes boosts the body’s lycopene, which is an antioxidant and carotenoid that counteracts the free radicals caused by too much sun exposure and minimizes inflammatory response to UV rays by the body. In a study, people who consume five tablespoons of tomato paste everyday for three months experienced 25 percent more protection from sunburn.
Munch on some more melons because like tomatoes, they are also rich in lycopene. As mentioned, they protect the body from free radicals caused by pollution and sun exposure. The additional vitamin C also helps quickly restore any skin redness and damaged skin cells. Be sure to pick up the red variety, though, as yellow watermelons had lesser antioxidant and lycopene content.
- Green Tea
Freshly brewed green tea has incredible amounts of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects on the skin. It is rich in catechins, a polyphenol that’s recognized as protective agent against UV radiation. And after steeping, do not throw the tea bag. When applied directly on the skin, the green tea reduces the sunburnt cells after sun exposure.
- Red Grapes
Phytonutrients found in grapes helps slow down the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that form in skin cells, which is linked to sun damage and skin cancer. Red grapes also contain proanthocyanidins and polyphenols that inhibit development of skin cancer from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Cocoa beans are naturally rich in flavanols, an antioxidant that helps significantly reduce inflammation and prevents damage to the skin. However, not all chocolates have this healthy benefit. Milk and semi-sweet chocolates—the kind usually found in Kisses—have higher sugar content, thus can trigger inflammation. Choose one with the highest cocoa content; the higher the amount of cocoa, the better its antioxidant quality.
- Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are jam-packed with skin-protecting properties for one obvious reason: they’re colour! Kale, spinach and other dark greens have great amounts of carotenoids that provide the vegetables’ their vibrant colour and protect them from the damaging sun rays. When consumed, your skin gets a good dose of vitamin E, protecting you from UV rays and preventing hyper pigmentation..
Include all these nutritious food into your diet and slather a good amount of SPF every day for a skin that’s healthy inside out.