Foods That Fight Sun Damage

Written by Evlin Symon

During the summer season, people enjoy basking out in the sun without care or worry of sun damage. The exposure to the risk of sun damage is high during the summer holiday when everyone is headed to a beach or a tropical country to enjoy the sun. Basking in the sun is considered right and at times recommended as healthy. However, the skin can be overexposed to, sun-rays, turning into sunburn. Due to such harmful effects of the sun on the skin, various people have conducted research studies seeking to identify products that are available to fight back the damaging effect of the sun.

Some of the best measures include keeping out of the sun, covering exposed skin, and wearing a good sunscreen. However, there are some situations, which require exposure to the sunlight, and they cannot be avoided. For instance, people who work in factories. This has prompted people to carry out research on the type of foods that can be taken to counteract the risk of sun damage. It is, therefore, important to get information on the type of foods that when eaten prevent the risk of getting sunburns, sunspots, skin cancer and also aging of the skin

These foods include:

Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate acts as a shield from the sun rays mainly because it contains four times as many phenol compounds, which help to reduce the risk of getting cancer. Both phenol and catechins are antioxidants that help to protect the skin from sunburn and skin cancer. It is, therefore, advisable that people who are exposed to the sun take the at least one bar of dark chocolate in a day. This is advantageous to individuals who love taking chocolate.

Research has shown that lycopene-rich tomatoes can shield skin against sunburn and also reduce the risk of getting skin cancer. Also, these tomatoes help prevent the skin from aging. This is because lycopene helps to neutralize the damaging effect of UV light. It is therefore recommended to either eat tomatoes in salad form or use tomato paste while cooking. In most cases, the tomatoes are taken as a fruit because it is readily available and cheap. This also helps the user to reduce the effect of harmful rays especially people who work in places where they cannot avoid being exposed to the sun.

Green tea
Green tea is a healthy drink due to the ability to boost the immune system, clear up the skin and speed up metabolism. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which help reduce the redness of the sunburn and repairs broken capillaries. Therefore, there is great importance in taking a cup of green tea at least once a day. All people regardless of age and sex can take green tea.

Red pepper
Red peppers contain an antioxidant, which help to reduce skin damage as UVB rays peppers also help to reduce inflammation from sun exposure.

Garlic is mostly used to help flatten the belly through its ability to detoxify and reduce bloating. It also protects the skin from the aging effect of UV radiation because it contains a natural compound commonly known as allicin.

Aloe Vera juice
Aloe Vera gel is widely known for its ability to sooth sunburns and smooths out wrinkles. This is considered as a kind of a magic concoction for the skin. Aloe Vera juice, on the other hand, has healing properties in the body for damaged tissues and skin cells.

Olive Oils
Olive oil is not only great to use for cooking. Olive oil is also called antioxidant –risk food that fights sun damage.

Pomegranate seeds have polyphenols, which helps in skin protection from UVA and UVB rays. Also to this, they also help the sunscreen to work and inhibit hyper pigmentation.

Orange and pink citrus fruits contain significant amounts of skin cell protective compound called limonene. The citrus fruits also contain some flavonoids, which improves the skins ability to recover from sunburns.

This vegetable contains carotenoids. It is rich in antioxidants, which protect against sun damage.

Sunbathing thought as a good sensation, may turn to be catastrophic when you have sensitive skin. Therefore, it is important to understand that, to enjoy the sun, without damaging your skin in the process, the above foods will protect. The all –vegan “foods will shield you from sunburns and damage, prevent age spots and sunspot as well as help to maintain your healthy lifestyle.



Evlin Symon am a writer and beautician. She has written numerous articles on Quick remedies for tired eyes, Dos and donts about eye skin care, weight loss, exercise and diet. As a writer, she is always trying to bring you the best health and fitness tips. She writes often on her beauty blog, Natural Beauty and Health Tips

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