Frequently applying high-quality sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 is a must to protect your skin from harmful rays, but did you know some natural, healthy and flavourful foods that are high in antioxidants could also help to reduce the effects of sun exposure?
This tasty summer treat is rich in lycopene, a carotenoid that helps to protect skin from UV damage. Lycopene also helps to neutralise free radicals that can be prematurely ageing.
Sweet potatoes also contain carotenoids and are packed with vitamin A which protects against eye and skin damage from the sun. They are also high in vitamin C which helps to boost collagen production.
Foods High in Omega 3
Foods that are high in omega-3 such as walnuts, salmon and sardines, and flaxseed contain essential fatty acids that reduce inflammation. Eating foods that are high in omega-3 can help protect against free radicals that can damage cells and lead to premature ageing.
Green tea contains polyphenols that help reduce inflammation, and it acts as an enzyme inhibitor. It’s best to drink your green tea hot as the power of the antioxidants decreases as the tea cools down. Drinking green tea can help protect the skin against UV induced damage, and it improves hydration.