We all know that wearing sunscreen daily and proper clothing are the best ways to keep sun damage from happening. But what you eat can also provide a boost to skin protection for those who feel they need it. Your body can use these foods to both protect itself from damage and also repair any that’s already been done.
Fruits like kiwi, raspberries, and tomatoes are high in antioxidants like vitamin c and lycopene which help repair damage done by the sun, as well as increasing skin’s natural defense against UV light.
These fruits are also refreshing and easy to add to summertime dishes like salads, drinks, and desserts. Green tea has been proven to reverse skin damage by boosting the immune system (which in turn helps prevent skin cancer). Iced green tea with honey and raspberries is a great summertime treat. The flavonoids found in dark chocolate are known to protect the skin and help prevent skin cancer.
Just a small 3oz piece of dark chocolate a day is enough to enjoy the benefits. Salmon and chia seeds contain high amounts of omega 3’s, which treat sun sensitivity. Toss some salmon on the grill or in a salad, and try chia seeds in oatmeal or a shake.