7 Delicious Foods That Can Help Protect You From Sun Damage

Did you know that certain foods can also give you an extra dose of UV radiation protection?

Here are seven popular foods that can also help protect your skin from the sun’s rays.

Mangos

It’s mango season and now there’s another excuse to stock up on these delicious summertime treats! Mangos are rich in beta-carotene and are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins to protect your eyes and skin from sun damage. In fact, many fruits and veggies with an orange or yellow colour do the same job. Foods such as sweet potato, carrot and melon are equally benefical.

Mangos: not just delicious, but great for your skin.

Mangos: not just delicious, but great for your skin.

Tomatoes

Packed with skin-loving lycopene and flavanols, tomatoes can help to increase your skin’s natural sun protection. Add a splash of olive oil for maximum absorption, grab a glass of tomato juice, or make a habit of throwing a few slices in a sandwich or a salad to help keep your skin protected and radiant.

You say tomato, your skin will say “thank you”.

You say tomato, your skin will say “thank you”.

Olive Oil

Olive oil can help protect your skin from damage and inflammation, thanks to the healthy fats and high omega 3 content, as well as vitamin E.

Olive oil is a healthy (and tasty) addition to salads and stir fries, and can be a great replacement for butter in many baked treats. Or simply tear a loaf of fresh bread and dunk it straight in.

Drizzle it, dip it, dunk it: olive oil has amazing benefits for your skin

Drizzle it, dip it, dunk it: olive oil has amazing benefits for your skin

Chocolate (yes, chocolate)

When it comes to sun-protecting benefits, dark chocolate (the darker the better), is super high in antioxidants and has flavonoids which help to protect us from damage from the sun.

Now there’s a good excuse to eat more!

Dark, delicious and oh-so-good for your skin health.

Dark, delicious and oh-so-good for your skin health.

Leafy Greens

Spinach, broccoli and kale have amazing properties that can help protect you from the sun.

The darker the leaf, the more free-radical fighting antioxidants. Munch away on salads this summer, add kale and broccoli to a stir-fry or pasta dish, whizz up your greens into a delicious dip or squeeze a lemon and olive oil for a dressing that can boost absorption.

Lean, green, skin-boosting machines

Lean, green, skin-boosting machines

Kiwi fruit

Kiwi fruits are a quintessential Aussie summertime fruit. And the good news is they have more vitamin C than any other fruit, which can prevent cancer cells from forming and boost you skin’s collagen production.

Slice, slice baby: just add kiwi fruit to supercharge your skin health

Slice, slice baby: just add kiwi fruit to supercharge your skin health

Salmon (and any food with high Omega 3 fatty acids)

Omega 3 fatty acids offer a wonderful range of benefits for your skin. Besides helping to keep it supple and fresh, they can also help with sun protection. As well as salmon, try stocking up on almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts and chia seeds.

Bake it till you make it: salmon is great for your skin health

Bake it till you make it: salmon is great for your skin health

And remember…

While it’s critical to protect yourself from the sun, supporting your body’s natural ability to protect itself can help make a difference. When it comes to enjoying our beautiful Aussie sun, hopefully you’re wearing (and reapplying) a broad spectrum sunscreen, limiting your exposure and wearing a hat, sleeves and sunglasses to protect your eyes and skin.

Enjoy, and stay safe!

Need more advice on how to achieve healthy, happy skin? Book a Skin Health Consultation with Inspiring Skin Health today.

Rosie