When you’re outside, what is it that’s constantly staring down at you with its intense gaze piercing your skin? If you said “sun,” good job! Yes, the sun becomes our number one enemy, especially in the summer.
We tend to spend most of our time outdoors in the sun. Of course, the sun follows around everywhere we go. The minute we step outside of our house, the sun is there to greet us. One of the main reasons we try to escape from the harsh UV rays of the sun is due to the skin damage it causes. We lather on sunscreen, but is sunscreen enough?
It is the step in the right direction, but you can do more. You can eat the following food to protect yourself from the sun:
1. Green Tea
Green tea causes weight loss, prevents heart disease, eye disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and sun damage. It shields your skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun. Green tea contains antioxidants, which work to protect the skin cells from the sun.
Tomatoes contain the antioxidant called lycopene and vitamin C. Both work to keep your skin hydrated. This is also partially due to tomatoes containing 95% water. However, you should not eat tomatoes in excess and to find out why, we recommend you check out our blog on “Why Eating Too Many Tomatoes is a No-No.”
3. Leafy Green Vegetables
You need to eat leafy, green vegetables. Vegetables contain antioxidants, which fight against free radicals. You should make it a habit of eating green veggies such as kale, coriander, and spinach. If you don’t like eating them, eat them anyway because you are doing it for your skin.
For all the chocolate lovers out there, this is good news. You shouldn’t eat too many chocolates, as it can lead to weight gain, but eating a certain amount is okay. You should also stick to eating dark chocolate — that’s the healthier kind. Chocolates are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, which work to protect your skin from sun damage.
Like tomatoes, cucumbers contain hydrating properties. In the summer, cucumbers will keep your skin hydrated and cool. Cucumbers also contain antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamin C, and tannins. Together, these will protect your skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun.
Carrots contain vitamin A, which is great for your eyes, but how does it help your skin combat sun damage? Carrots contain beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. It is said that eating carrots can reduce sunburn due to your body receiving high amounts of beta-carotene.
Strawberries contain vitamin A, B, and C. Vitamin C hydrates your skin while the anthocyanins and phytonutrients prevent the sun’s harmful UV rays from damaging your skin. On top of that, they are delicious to eat!
If you want to do more to protect your skin in the summer, you need to increase your intake of these food.