Sun Protection: Can Your Diet Really Help?

We all know that wearing sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But it seems that this isn’t the only weapon in your sun-protective arsenal because the foods you eat can also affect how well you adapt to the weather. That’s right, there are certain nutrients you can add to your diet that will boost your skin’s natural defence, and here are the best of the best.


Limes, blood oranges, grapefruits and just about every citrus fruit you can think of possessing superpowers on this front. That is because they are immensely high in Vitamin C and limonene, both of which have been proven to reduce the chances of getting skin cancer. Just ask your local skin clinic, and they will happily confirm this. It isn’t all the benefits, though. Citrus fruits also contain a plethora of antioxidants, that work against free-radical damage.


If you aren’t already enjoying a mug of green tea on a daily basis, then you need to rectify this as soon as possible. It just has too many health benefits to ignore, not least of which is its sun-protective qualities. How this works is all to do with the catechins, which play a vital role. Not only do they prevent inflammation caused by sunburn, but they also stop UV damage and prevent the disease from occurring. If that isn’t enough reason, though, then Google the benefits of tannic acid. That should do it.


You will do well to find somewhere that boasts a more abundant amount of Vitamin E. The reason this is important is Vit E is what repairs the skin from any sunlight damage. That’s just one part of the story, though. Almonds are packed full of quercetin, which will please those worries about UV damage and those concerned about wrinkles (this is what will stop your collagen from being broken down by the sun). So, next time you are heading to the beach, make sure you pack a load of almond snacks.


We’re talking about both tomatoes and watermelons here, both of which house a wonderful antioxidant known as lycopene. Stops free-radicals from being produced to alleviate sunburn prevents any inflammation from the sun and limits the amount of reddening your experience. Tomatoes are great for this, especially cooked ones, but it is watermelons that take the podium spot because they have up to forty per cent more lycopene. That and they are refreshing. Either way, you can get away with snacking on these in a public place, while simultaneously protecting yourself. Talk about a double-whammy.  Contributed Content.