No matter how careful we are to avoid getting too much sun, our exposure to damaging UV rays adds up over the years and leads to wrinkles and even skin cancer. Driving in the car, walking from the car to the store, sitting at an outdoor cafe – all of these activities can add to our sun exposure without us even realizing it. Fortunately, there are foods that you can eat to protect your skin from UV damage and keep your collagen and elastin in good shape so that your skin will look as young as you feel.
Drinking green tea on a regular basis may help keep your skin beautiful. Green tea prevents UV skin damage, according to research. Amazingly, it may also reverse damage that has already occurred, including precancerous changes to the skin.
Berries contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that has shown a lot of promise in many areas of research. One study found that ellagic acid prevented UV damage when applied topically. Another study found that mice who drank goji berry juice were protected from UV skin damage.
According to one study, volunteers who ate about 5 tablespoons of tomato paste along with a tablespoon of olive oil daily for ten weeks were 40% less likely to sunburn. It is believed that the lycopene in tomatoes is what gives them their sun protective quality.
Whether you’ve already had a lot of sun damage from years in the sun that you’d like to repair or you’re young and looking to prevent future damage, adding these foods to your diet or (in the case of turmeric) applying them to your skin may help.