Foods that boost your skin’s natural sun protection

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Getting a bit of sunlight into our bones is great for a natural source of Vitamin D but being out in the sun without protection is the easiest way to get sunburned. And while it’s a must that we wear an SPF daily, research has also shown that some foods we eat can boost our skin’s natural sun protecting agents – a great way of supporting our skin’s ability to defend itself along with all our usual measures of sun protection.

Citrus fruits

Lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits are high in Vitamin C, which when taken over a long period of time, can help reduce our potential for sunburn. They’ve also got plenty of anti-oxidants which work to protect cells from free radical damage.

Carrots

We know they’re good for our eyes but they’re useful for protecting our skin from sunburn too. They’re one of the best dietary sources of beta-carotene which helps protect skin from free radical damage caused from sun exposure.

Strawberries

Strawberries are a powerful combination of both the essential Vitamin C and antioxidants too, just like citrus fruits, but they also contain tannins that help reduce the dreaded sting caused by sunburn. Just mash them up and slather on the burnt area of skin for a few minutes and they’re meant to ease the sting and offer a small amount of relief.

Green Tea

Catechins found in green tea have disease-preventing properties and protect against sunburn, inflammation and long term UV ray damage.

Almonds

One of the best sources of Vitamin E is found in almonds, which is a vitamin that helps protect and repair skin following sun exposure. Almonds also contain quercetin which protects against UV damage and the breakdown of collagen.