Research shows that our diet can help defend us from skin damage when we spend too much time in the sun. There are several key nutrients that boost your skin’s sun protection naturally, one of the most well-known being antioxidants. These compounds fight free radical damage which occurs when we have prolonged, unprotected sun exposure.
Here are 5 foods that can boost your skin’s sun protection naturally:
Green tea is a herbal drink that is packed with antioxidants which can help to protect the skin from long term sun damage, inflammation and disease. Research has shown that just 2 cups of green tea per day can give your skin extra sun protection.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish, other seafood, seeds and nuts and contain strong anti-inflammatory properties which can protect the body from free radical damage caused by long-term sun exposure.
Dark chocolate is made with a high percentage of cocoa which contains powerful antioxidants called ‘flavanoids’. These help to protect the skin from free radical damage caused by prolonged exposure to UV light.
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower and kale are in the family of cruciferous vegetables. They contain an antioxidant compound called sulforaphane which is connected to increased skin cancer protection. Cruciferous vegetables are also known to help prevent cancer in other organs.
Leafy green vegetables and herbs are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidant compounds. Rich in antioxidants like polyphenols and carotenoids, they increase the skin’s natural sun protection and prevent free radical damage.
Whilst these foods can help protect the skin from sun damage, if you are going to spend a long time in the harsh sun please always wear protective clothing and organic, non-toxic sunscreen.