Foods that Protect our Skin from Sun Damage

Direct exposure to sun is harmful to the skin. It can give you the most painful sun burn. Dermatologists say that sun can damage the skin in many ways. According to them exposure to sunlight can cause not only sun burns but also brown spots, red scaly spots, drying and wrinkling etc. These UV rays cause the skin’s collagen to decline resulting in the skin to become thinner or thicker thus creating wrinkles. Worst of all, continued sun exposure can cause skin cancer as well. 


The foods that we eat can help preventing sun damage to the skin, besides other ways of staying out of direct sun and using lotions or creams such as sunscreen. This article discusses some of the foods that can protect your skin from sun's damage.


Tomatoes to Prevent Sun Damage: Skin cancer is mainly due to the Ultra Violet Radiation. UV rays are also responsible for the skin diseases. Lycopene is well known for its ability to protect the skin from Pro-State Cancer.  Lycopene is a carotenoid antioxidant. It is available in red and pink fruits such as tomato, grapefruit, and papaya. It is readily available in tomato paste. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and has the ability to prevent or repair damage to DNA that has the potential to help cancer development. It stimulates the production of antioxidant enzymes and helps to kill the cancerous cells. Tomatoes are richer in Lycopene and have thousands of other protective compounds that can prevent heart diseases and cancer very effectively.



Vitamins and Their Role in Protecting Sun Skin Damage: Vitamins such as C and E both help to prevent and also repair the cell damage due to ultraviolet rays from the sun. In terms of skin care, both the vitamins C and E are very powerful when they are together than separate.  The most important aspect is finding the food which contains both the vitamins C and E that fights you from Sun damage. You can find vitamin C in the Citrus fruits, peppers such as red and green, cabbages, tomatoes, green beans and leafy greens. On the other hand vitamin E is present in avocados, seeds, nuts, olives, spinach, and cold pressed vegetable oils. Plenty of vitamin C is available in dairy products and meats such as pork and liver.


Whole grains, peas, beans and organ meats are also great choices of complex vitamins. In order to protect your skin from sun damage and keep it flexible and  good looking with a mix and match of vitamin C and E foods.  Vitamin C protects your skin from sun damage and vitamin E may help reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Selenium and its Role in Preventing Skin Damage: Selenium is a rich anti-oxidant that helps in maintaining the elasticity and firm skin texture. The best sources of selenium are Brazil nuts, tuna, crab, oysters, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread, mushrooms, eggs etc.



Diet to Prevent Sun Skin Damage 

  1. Dark chocolate without milk can be effective in preventing sun skin damage.

  2. Pomegranate used both internally and externally helps to prevent sun skin damage.

  3. Teas of all types are capable of preventing the damage to DNA due to prolonged skin exposure to the sun.

  4. Olive oil is helpful in repairing sun damage of the skin.

  5. Omega-3 fatty acid present in fish oil, pumpkin seeds and flax seed etc. can prevent skin cancer due to sun damage.

So to conclude, with careful selection of foods you can prevent skin damage due to direct sun's exposure.

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