A sun lotion, shades and a bandana will spare you from a sunburn this summer, but these foods can boost your protection even more. We always knew a bar of chocolate could only do us good!
Everyone loves the feeling of having a tan and we all know the risks of not slapping on enough suncream whilst we’re out soaking up the rays. But while suncream is essential, there are other things we can do to boost our skin’s protection from those damaging UV rays. Adding certain foods to your diet can help protect your body from the negative effects of sun exposure. And, the best part is you’ve probably got most of them in your kitchen already!
Click through to find out what to put on your shopping list. We bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised at some of them…
The benefits of tea are endless, from boosting our metabolism to reducing the risk of a heart attack and stroke – not to mention being perfect to drink whilst having a natter with friends. But the greatest advantage of drinking tea, both green and black, is that it’s rich in antioxidants, which protect our bodies from the damaging effects of sun exposure. There’s an excuse to put the kettle on again then!
Free-radicals (which are produced while we sunbathe) cause tissue damage in the body but green leafy vegetables like spinach and parsley have outstanding free-radical fighting powers. In addition, greens are packed with vitamins A and E which strengthen our immune systems. While veggies aren’t an alternative to suntan lotion, it’s nice to know eating your greens helps protect you from the inside out.
Although it is still a good idea to steer away from full-fat dairy products and pies where possible and always wear
your sun cream, adding some palm or coconut oil to your meals can have a
positive effect when it comes to combating UV rays. Both oils are great
for baking and frying as they resist heat well too.
Omega 3 is key, along with SPF cream, in protecting your skin during prolonged sun exposure. Most commonly found in fatty fish like salmon, anchovies and sardines, other sources of Omega 3 include flaxseeds, algal and hemp.
SPF creams (that are essential in protecting your skin) usually have the antioxidant Beta-carotene – a form of vitamin A, which helps prevent sun damage, as one of their main ingredients. Get some extra sun protection by eating carrots or other red or orange foods, especially citruses, which are rich in the vitamin.