Summer is approaching and you’re likely to spend more time in the sun. Even if you’re great about putting on sunscreen, sometimes getting a little exposure from the sun still happens. Eating the right foods can help fight any UV damage you might have gotten in the past and can help prevent sun damage in the future. Here’s a list of the top foods that fight UV damage so stock up this summer:
- Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene protects from UV induced skin irritations, helps block UV radiation and reduces redness from the sun’s rays.
- Broccoli also contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals and prevent cancer. Sulforaphane is also found in broccoli which reduces the risk of damage in your cells from the sun. Cauliflower also has the same benefits.
- Salmon and other fish contains omega-3 fatty acids that help fight the skin’s response to UV rays and minimize damage from free radicals. Salmon in particular also has carotenoids that help fight cell damage.
- Dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains the antioxidant flavanol, which is found in the cocoa bean. So the more natural cocoa your chocolate contains, the more protection you’ll get. So the darker, the better.
- Green tea. Green tea contains the antioxidant called catechins, which helps prevent sunburn inflammation and long-term damage from UV rays. It also helps to stay hydrated, so drinking lots of green tea and water is a great way to avoid skin damage.
- Oranges contain a lot of Vitamin C, which helps maintain collagen in the skin. When you are exposed to the sun and the damage it causes, you drain Vitamin C from your skin and leave it vulnerable to damage and aging. Making sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C will help.
- Nuts contain Vitamin E, which can help lower skin cancer risk. It also is great for the skin and keeping you looking young. Vitamin E slows the aging process by reducing the enzymes that break down collagen. When collagen breaks down is when your skin begins to wrinkle and sag. So grab some almonds, pistachios or walnuts to get these benefits.
Do you have UV damage from the past? Did you know that eating healthy foods will help reduce the damage from the sun? Which foods are your favorites? Share with us!