If you get sunburned easily, these 13 foods may have the power to protect your skin. Although a salad, for example, is not a substitute for sun protection, it could add extra protection against sunburn and wrinkles!
According to a University of Arizona study of 470 women and men, citrus fruits have limonene, a powerful ingredient, which is associated with 34% less risk of developing skin cancer.
2) Green tea
This delicately flavored tea is packed with antioxidants called EGCGs (epigallocatechins gallates). Among their capabilities, EGCGs would stop genetic damage to human skin cells exposed to UV light, according to a study by the University of Wisconsin.
Carrots – or any other red, yellow and orange fruit or vegetable – are filled with carotenoids and studies show that they reduce the intensity of sunburn. Bonus: carotenoids also promote good eye health and help prevent macular degeneration, so you can literally see their benefits on your skin! Be careful not to eat too much of it
Strawberries have a dual function. First, they help protect against sunburn and burns. Also, their high level of vitamin C helps to eliminate free radicals (which play an important role in the formation of cancer) which occur when your skin is too exposed to the sun. Finally, they contain tannins which help reduce the pain caused by sunburn. Gently rubbing sunburned skin with crushed strawberries would provide quick and natural relief.
Pomegranates are filled with antioxidants including a particularly powerful one called ellagic acid which can protect against cellular damage from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. One study found that when pomegranate extract was used with sunscreen, the combo increased the effectiveness of SPF by 20%.
Lycopene – an antioxidant – is the reason why tomatoes are red and it is also what makes tomatoes so good for your skin. Lycopene is particularly concentrated in processed tomatoes such as in tomato juice, dough, soup and ketchup. In fact, a study in London showed that women whose diet had a high content of processed tomatoes saw their skin redness reduce after exposure to the sun and had less damage from UV rays. . Lycopene is also said to keep your skin young.
7) Red bell pepper
Hot peppers can make you live longer, but red peppers have the healing properties of tomatoes and carrots to keep your skin beautiful for life. Thanks to their lycopene and beta-carotene [a carotenoid like those of carrots], they help reduce the intensity of sunburn and protect you from UV damage. However, green peppers are not an acceptable substitute, as they have significantly lower levels of beta carotene.
8) Red grapes
Add grapes to your “sun-proof” summer fruit salad. They contain a nutrient called resveratrol, a type of polyphenol, which can prevent cell damage that can cause skin cancer as well as many other types of cancer. They can also help prevent damage from UVB exposure. Just be sure to choose red or black. Green grapes have far less resveratrol than other varieties.
The omega-3 fatty acids in this “super” seed have “super” health benefits, one of which is to hydrate your skin to keep it young. You can rub linseed oil on your skin or eat flax seeds, but no matter what you do, don’t cook them. This would destroy the nutrients and make them useless. Sprinkle flax seeds on your yogurt or eat crackers that contain it.
The benefits of spinach go far beyond Popeye’s strength. All leafy greens, such as dark lettuce, spinach, cabbage and Swiss chard, are the main sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants, which stop cell growth caused by UV light.
Another great source of oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids is this fish. In a British study, it was discovered that fish oils protect against sunburn and DNA changes that can lead to cancer.
12) Sun-flower seeds
A single ounce of sunflower seeds contains two-thirds of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E. This important vitamin helps protect your body from damage from the sun. Vitamin E can also help make scars less visible. You could say that it acts for the good of your skin in more ways than one!
Like salmon, nuts are rich in essential fatty acids that could protect you from sunburn so that anyone who does not like fish can also reap the benefits of these omega-3s.