Did you know that there are certain double-duty foods which also help your skin protect itself from harmful UV damage? We’re as surprised as you are! Studies have shown that your diet is very likely to affect how easily you get sunburnt. While being in the sun is recommended in order to get a healthy dose of Vitamin D, sunburns are a type of skin inflammation and measures should be taken to prevent them. An anti-inflammatory based diet filled with good saturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants is what you should aim for to naturally protect yourself from the sun.
It’s not rocket science to figure out that if the diet needs to be Omega-3 rich, then fish needs to be an integral part of that diet. Omega-3 has incredible anti-inflammatory powers which help ease the pain of sunburns. Its elements also protect cells from free radical damage that can be caused by long exposure to the sun.
2. Red and Orange Fruit and Vegetables
With the amount of food items that fall under this criteria, this can barely be considered as restricting. The natural pigment Lycopene is what gives certain fruit and vegetables their vibrant colour and numerous studies have shown that it aids in protecting against UV-induced skin irritation. It also helps rid the body of free radicals (those little scoundrels that cause harmful diseases such as cancer) and reduces reactions to sunburns.
3. Dark Chocolate
Apart from being what many have termed “the diet friendly chocolate”, this little piece of heaven also has a number of flavanoids, natural pigments, which protects the skin from damage, including those induced by UV rays. If that isn’t enough to make us crazy about it, dark chocolate is also known to improve skin condition in women.
If it is green and leaf-like, it is bound to have some influence in protecting you from the sun. Dark-leafy greens are chock full of antioxidants which have various anti-inflammatory purposes. Herbs like parsley, basil, sage and rosemary are also full of free-radicals, so get seasoning!
5. Green and Black tea
Tea lovers, boy do we have good news for you! Other than doing wonders for your digestive system, green tea has been proven to prevent non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair. On the other hand, studies show that black tea is packed with polyphenols that prevent degenerative diseases such as skin cancer, through preventing blood supply to cancerous areas.