Studies show that eating these foods weekly can significantly reduce sun-spots and wrinkles and can even repair already existing damage. What are these potent nutrients in these foods? They include vitamin C (in berries and apples), beta-carotene in yellow and orange-hued foods (carrots and sweet potatoes), and lycopene in tomatoes and watermelon. Almonds and pistachios contain high doses of vitamin E, which is important for skin-cell health.
Consuming foods that are high in sun-protecting vitamins and nutrients are just as important as using sunscreen. Add the foods listed above to your weekly meals and watch your skin reap the benefits!
The omega-3 fatty acids found in many kinds of fish are effective at warding off inflammation. During one study, volunteers took 10g of fish oil for up to six months. After testing the skin, researchers found volunteers experienced less sensitivity to UVB light, the rays responsible for burning. Fish oil supplements are a great way to get your daily intake of omega-3s.
Eggs, especially organic eggs, contain high concentrations of antioxidants. It’s the yolk, in particular, that’s packed with all the benefits. The yellow center is rich in lutein, a health-promoting antioxidant that’s also responsible for the maintenance of eye health. Lutein also has the added boost of increasing your skin’s hydration and elasticity.
Pomegranates have been part of a healing tradition that dates all the way back to ancient Egypt! The seeds in this delicious exotic fruit are rich in antioxidants. Pomegranates also contain ellagic acid, which can help protect your skin from cell damage induced by the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. In one research study, when pomegranate extract was used in conjunction with sunscreen, it increased the SPF by 20 percent! Pomegranate also increases glutathione, a power-house antioxidant, which also increases protection from free radical damage.Ingredients
- 1 1/2 cup green tea, cooled
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup watermelon
- 1/2 cup cauliflower
- 1 small carrot
- 2 tbsp. hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 3-5 ice cubes
Place ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. For a thicker smoothie, use 1 cup of green tea.
So go ahead and enjoy eating your sunscreen and see the amazing results you can get when you protect your skin from the inside out.
Salisha P. Holistic Nutritionist and Natural Skincare Expert