Along with sunscreen and protective clothing, we can also look at our diet for some extra sun protection.
For example, did you know the same red pigment in lycopene that helps protect tomatoes against sun damage may also help protect your skin against the same? A study in the British Journal of Dermatology says just that.
In addition to tomatoes, lycopene can be found in watermelon, papaya, apricots, blood oranges, and other foods, according to “Can Your Diet Help Prevent Skin Cancer?,” an article featured in The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal.
As for drinks, that article recommends sipping several cups of freshly brewed green tea each day. “In the lab, green tea either consumed or applied directly to the skin has helped prevent UV-triggered skin cancer by absorbing UV damage and scavenging free radicals,” it notes.
Green tea was also listed on “If You Get Sunburned Easily, You Need These 13 Foods In Your Diet” by Reader’s Digest. Other foods that made the cut include citrus fruits, carrots, red peppers, salmon and walnuts.
Additionally, try pomegranates, strawberries (which also contain tannins to help soothe sunburned skin), flaxseed and spinach or other leafy greens such as kale and chard. Better yet, combine them all with some almond or coconut milk for a delicious and sun-safe smoothie.