Foods That Help Protect The Skin From The Sun
Summer is just around the corner and, as the days get longer, so does the opportunity for your skin to become damaged by the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. We all know about the importance of wearing sun block (and re-applying it regularly). But did you know that there are foods that will help boost your body’s immunity against sun damage? Here are a few additions to your diet that can pay off big in terms of sun protection:
Lycopene is the major carotenoid found in tomato plants. Eating cooked tomatoes (tomato sauce, paste, etc) will provide your body with powerful anti-oxidants. Research out of Germany showed that daily lycopene intake resulted in decreased sensitivity to UV in just 12 weeks.
One of the most popular anti-oxidants, Vitamin C helps strengthen your body’s cells and stops the oxidative stress brought on by sun exposure. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, strawberries and more!
Chock full of flavinoids, the compounds in green tea provide numerous health benefits, including to the skin. A study at Rutgers University found that mice that were given green tea extract showed an 88% reduction in skin tumor development when exposed to UV rays, compared to mice given a placebo. Drink it iced or mixed with fruit for a refreshing summertime treat!
Remember, adding these delicious and healthful foods can help boost your body’s immunity, but they are no replacement for sun block and shade. Make applying an SPF of at least 30 (something such as Glo Therapeutics SPF 40 Facial Moisturizer) an essential part of your daily summer regimen. If you do, your skin will remain healthy and beautiful for many more summers to come.
- Elizabeth Quesnelle