Summer is upon us but you’re slathered on the SPF to protect from UVA and UVB rays, is there anything else you can do?
Researchers suggest that what you eat can help protect your skin like and SPF from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Meet the double-duty foods that have been shown to increase the skin’s ability to protect against UV damage. Oh, and they’re part of a healthy diet, too. Their sunblocking secret: Antioxidants. These compounds help fight free radicals, a nasty set of atoms or molecules that contribute to annoying problems like premature aging and can be a product of unprotected sun exposure. 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.
So let’s get to the SPF menu:
- Apples are a top choice as they contain polyphenols, plant-based chemicals that help reduce oxidative stress, inflammation and boost your immune system. The skin of Red Delicious apples is home to a dozen important chemical compounds called triterpenoids that have been proven to block or kill cancer cells in lab tests.
- Have your iced coffee or tea. Both of these caffeinated beverages, whether consumed hot or cold, can benefit your skin due to their concentration of polyphenols. Some even suggest that the polyphenol content may reduce the incidence and likelihood of hyper-pigmentation (spotting).
- Basil and Oregano. Both herbs contain antioxidants that not only benefit your skin but also help protect your eyes.
- Broccoli. Another antioxidant rich vegetable, broccoli helps protect against cancer.
- Red Wine. Another antioxidant-rich beverage, red wine offers protection for your skin.
- Tomatoes + Watermelon. Tomatoes, tomato-based products and watermelon are chock full of an antioxidant called lycopene, which has been proven to provide long-term protection against UV-radiation-induced effects.
By Melissa Williams