Foods That Can Prevent Sun Damage To Your Skin

woman-laying-out-sunbathing-beach-15644955The damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays from exposure to the sun can cause many problems ranging from sunspots, sunburn, and wrinkles even to cancer. Your skin is constantly exposed to the sun and the sun’s rays are especially dangerous during the summer months.

When you are outdoors in the sun use sunscreen, wear a hat and perhaps long sleeves to shade your skin, use an umbrella when at the beach or sitting outside in the sun and wear UV blocking clothing.

There are foods you can eat which will help to protect your skin from damage caused by exposure to the sun.

Foods which have antioxidants help to protect your skin. Exposure to the sun can decrease the amount of antioxidants in your blood. It’s important to include foods in your diet which will help increase the antioxidant level.

Antioxidants prevent and slow cell damage by counteracting free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules which can build up in cells causing damage.

Some foods which can help prevent skin damage from the sun include tomatoes and watermelon. Both of these foods contain lycopene which will help reduce the accumulation of free radicals in your skin. It is a large accumulation of these free radicals which is responsible for the damage to the skin caused by sun exposure.

tumblr_m7llrbKtqU1qdei8mSalmon and fish oil provide omega 3 fatty acids which help prevent sun damage.

Cherries, especially tart cherries, are a great source of the antioxidant melatonin and this can help protect the skin against UV rays. Cherries also help with inflammation and they will help repair your sun damaged skin.

Citrus fruits are a rich source of vitamin C another powerful antioxidant.

Green tea contains an antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and limit their ability to cause inflammation. If you don’t want to drink hot green tea during warm weather make iced green tea instead.

There are foods which should be avoided since these will cause damage to your body and your skin. A diet which includes high amounts of sugar can cause aging within the body. Sugar causes a buildup of AGEs which studies have indicated will have a greater toxic effect on the skin when it is exposed to the sun. Many processed foods contain hidden sugars so read your labels. Processed foods often contain the omega 6 fatty acid which can be harmful. The omega 6 fat has replaced the omega 3 fat in many products. Omega 3 is the fat you should be eating.

Eating proper foods can protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays. Eating a diet consisting mainly of processed foods and foods with sugar can promote sun damage.

Of course, in addition to including the healthy foods recommended to prevent sun damage you still need to take precautions while in the sun. Use a sunscreen and wear a hat.   As much as possible, limit your exposure to the sun during the time of day when the UV rays are most harmful.