Hello friends! Summer is here and everybody is ready to get tanned. Feeling the sun on your skin when your sitting on the beach can be really enjoyable, however, the Ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun can wreak havoc on skin. Over time, it can cause sunburns, wrinkles, premature aging and skin cancer. Although wearing sunscreen is still the best way to avoid sun damage, some food can help protect and heal your skin from the inside out. That’s why today I am going to share with you 5 categories of food that have been shown to increase the skin's ability to protect against UV damage. Their secret is Antioxidants. Antioxidants are a person's mini-martyrs, running around the body and giving up their extra electrons to free radicals so they stop pestering the healthy cells. These compounds help fight free radicals, which are a nasty set of molecules that contribute to annoying problems like premature aging and can be a product of unprotected sun exposure.
1. Red and Orange Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits like Strawberries, pomegranates and red grapes are all are rich in antioxidants. Strawberries contain a powerful combination of antioxidants and vitamin C, which both help protect your skin from sun damage. In addition, they can help sunburned skin heal. Pomegranates contain ellagic acid, which can help protect your skin from cell damage induced by the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Grapes contain proanthocyanidins and other polyphenols that inhibit skin cancer induced by UV rays.Lycopene is an antioxidant found specifically in tomatoes, aid in protection against some UV-induced skin irritations. The redder the tomato, the more lycopene it contains. Additionally, lycopene is easily absorbed when the tomatoes are cooked, so reach for tomato paste, juice, soups, and sauces in a summer beachy day. Watermelon is also high in lycopene and contains 40% more lycopene than tomatoes. Beta-carotene, found in sweet potatoes and carrots, a type of carotenoid found in red and orange fruits and vegetables that have been linked to reduced reactions to sunburns. Orange and pink citrus fruits have also been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against UV rays.
2. Green Tea
Green tea contains a high concentration of catechins, which boast anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and antioxidant effects that fight off free radicals from the sun. It also contains polyphenols, plant compounds that some studies suggest may be effective in preventing cancer by limiting the blood supply to the cancerous area.
3. Dark Chocolate
The amazing antioxidant flavanoids found in dark chocolate may improve the skin’s ability protect against some types of skin damage, including UV-induced issues like sun burns.
4. Green Leaves
Leafy greens, like dark green lettuce, spinach, kale, and Swiss chard, are top sources of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which halted cell growth prompted by UV radiations.
5. Healthy fats food
Foods like salmon, tuna, walnuts, almonds and flaxseed are all good sources of omega-3s and will help maintain that healthy layer of fat underneath the skin and thus prevent skin damage and aging.
Finally don’t forget to drink plenty of Water because the sun dehydrates you, and dehydrated skin is more sensitive and prone to damage. For more hydration you can also consume coconut water (Check the benefits of drinking coconut water).
That’ s all for today, I hope you all enjoy your summer!