All skin savvy people agree that your sunscreen is your absolute best friend. But what if I were to tell you that now, not only can you apply your sunscreen to be skin ready and sun safe, you can eat it too? Before you get all over zealous and glug down that bottle of sunscreen read on to find out foods that boost your internal SPF!
Charge the antioxidant army: Antioxidants are the army that will protect your skin from free radical damage caused by the UVA and UVB rays. Free radicals contribute to wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer. So what ‘food soldiers’ are part of your antioxidant army who will also sun protect you?
Tomatoes– Tomatoes are a great source of Lycopene, glutathione and Vitamin C, all known to boost the body’s immune system and optimize your skin health. Some studies suggest that lycopene contained in tomatoes also reduces the chances of skin cancer. Eat them cooked for greater sun protection.
Citrus fruits – Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemon, lime, tangerines etc are booming with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a very potent antioxidant that prevents cellular damage and helps in cell repair. Limonene is the other antioxidant that is found in citrus fruits that also boosts your antioxidant power.
Dark Leafy Greens – Chards and other dark leafy greens such as spinach are very rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Leafy vegetables also contain flavonoids that inhibit free radical damage and reduce the damage caused by sun exposure.
Tea– Teas such as green tea, white tea, oolong and black tea are all very rich in polyphenols and catechins. Both of these antioxidants hunt down the free radicals and reverse the damage caused by them due to sun exposure.
Spicy Peppers n’ Carrots– Peppers, carrots, cherries, apricots, pineapples, pomegranates, avocadoes, roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds, whole grains, oats, berries etc are all very rich in both Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Both of these Vitamins reverse and repair cellular damage.
Cacao– Another reason to indulge in that bitter dark chocolate! Cocoa is very rich in its antioxidant capacity because of the flavonoids and phytochemicals present in them.
Brazil Nuts– Add a couple of brazil nuts to your diet to up your Selenium content. Selenium is a trace mineral that increases the potency of Vitamin C and E and boosts its capacity to fight the free radicals.
With the right foods you can heal and strengthen your skin from the inside- out by reducing free radical damage, upping your antioxidant content and aiding the body’s cellular repair. Incorporating a ‘sunscreen diet’ will maximize your body’s self protection against the harmful UV rays. At the same time, ensure that you prevent overexposure to the elements, apply a sunscreen when you step out and avoid the peak sun hours. Stay Skin Safe, Be Sun Safe.
Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy Your Long Weekend:)