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10 Foods That Fight Sun Damage

10 Foods That Fight Sun Damage

Now that summer is more than half over, it’s safe to assume that we’ve all spent more days baking in the sun than we’d like to admit.

And while I'm all about getting a sun-kissed glow, it’s important to make sure that you’re smart when your out in the sun. That means slathering sunscreen from head to toe and wearing a wide-brimmed hat to block out the harsh rays.

But even when you think you’ve been cautious, you still wind up coming home with rosy cheeks and burnt shoulders. Luckily, when sunscreen just doesn’t seem to do the trick, there are a number of foods that have been proven to help reduce sunburns.

And with the long weekend coming up, I figured now is the perfect time to share these sun fighting foods. 

So the next time you’re at the grocery store, make sure to stock up on the following items...

Citrus
Fruits that are orange and pink, like oranges and grapefruits, contain large amounts of the skin-cell protective compound called limonene. These citrusy fruits are also packed with flavonoids, which are known for helping improve the skin’s ability to recover from sun damage.

Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are not only extremely tasty; they’re also packed with an antioxidant called capsiate, which helps decrease skin damage caused by harmful UVB rays. Bell peppers can also help reduce inflammation from too much sun exposure, so the next time you whip up a salad make sure to add some chopped up peppers.

Dark Chocolate
This indulgent treat contains powerful antioxidants called flavonoids, which help protect the body from sun damage. Just make sure to not go overboard and enjoy no more than seven ounces a week.

Carrots
If you're heading to the beach, make sure to pack some carrots, as carrots don't only prevent sun damage, but they can actually help reverse it. In a Korean study, 30 healthy women received a daily dose of 30 milligrams of beta carotene (six carrots' worth) for three months. The result? The antioxidants didn't just protect skin cells, but they repaired them from photoaging.

Olive Oil
This natural oil is filled with antioxidants that can help fight sun damage. It’s also been reported that incorporating olive oil into your diet can actually help reduce the harsh side effects from sun exposure by 35 per cent!

Aloe Vera Juice
It’s no secret that aloe vera gel can help soothe a painful sunburn, but aloe vera juice can actually help heal damaged skin tissues and cells.

Green Tea
While drinking green tea is great for boosting your immune system, speeding up your metabolism, curbing food cravings, and clearing up your skin, it can also help soothe sunburns. Drinking at least one to two cups of green tea per day can actually help reduce the redness of a sunburn and repair broken capillary veins.

Tomatoes
These ruby red veggies are packed with lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant and the redder the tomato the more lycopene it contains. Eating tomatoes enhances the skin's ability to protect itself from harmful UV rays and helps reduce redness from sun damage.

Watermelon
This mouthwatering fruit also contains lycopene, so if you get tired of snacking on tomatoes watermelon is the next best thing. 

Almonds
These tasty nuts are packed with vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects against sun damage. This vitamin has also proven to slow the aging of skin cells and can help minimize the appearance of scars.

Remember, just because you’ve eaten these foods it doesn’t mean you can go outside SPF free. Always remember to cover up if you’re outside, no matter how cool it might feel.