I am doing just that at the moment -- happy to be off on an adventure in the sun with my family (so excited to be with them!) for some life-expanding, spirit-enhancing travel! I won't have much access to the internet during this time; thus, I am re-publishing a post for you on sun protection during my absence that many readers told me they found really helpful. (If I had chosen to publish a new topic now, I am afraid I would not be able to respond to your questions, comments, etc, And, I certainly don't want to go MIA on you! Not at all!)
This post below was a popular one; thus, if you missed this information on some natural sunblock of sorts during the first go around or you are a new reader, do check this out! It is a topic that is getting more research and I find fascinating, especially when studies are pointing out that despite all the sunscreen usage, serious forms of skin caner are on the rise. So, I leave you with an additional way to protect your skin from those damaging rays all year round that you may want to consider for you and your family . . . FOOD!
While I love sunny days just as much (or more!) than everyone else, if not careful, it can be too much of a good thing! Waking up to a sunny day is certainly a mood elevator for me and I can't wait to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin, but unprotected sun exposure for too long can also cause some rather serious skin damage if we don't take a few precautions.
Our food choices help determine how firm, radiant and wrinkle-free our skin appears. The nutrients that we feed our body affect its ability to make collagen and elastin, and they supply hydration to our skin cells and inhibit free radicals from forming wrinkles. Not only all that (and that is plenty!), but, food can also even affect how we react to the sun. Those food choices around the time we are exposed to the sun can act as a natural sunblock in a way protecting us from damaging rays and giving us more glowing and picture-perfect, and yup -- even firmer skin.
9 Foods To Eat For Sun Protection
(And, don't forget to tap on the links to some great Pinterest boards I found for you with fresh ideas of how to prepare those special foods, too.)
1/2. Tomatoes and Watermelon
The antioxidant lycopene that is contained in tomatoes and tomato products like tomato paste and ketchup can reduce UV-induced free radicals, show some studies. Another great source of lycopene is an all-time summer favorite - watermelon. Lycopene is better absorbed with fat, so try to combine your lycopene-rich food with a healthy fat. Tomato varieties differ in their lycopene levels as well. Here are tomatoes that have the highest level of lycopene.
3. Bell Peppers
Chop up and throw in a fresh bell pepper or two in your beach bag to munch on as they contain the antioxidant capsiate, which decreases UVB-induced skin damage and inhibits inflammation from sun exposure.
Don't miss this: Find some new ideas on how to prepare those colorful peppers here.
4. Wild-Caught Salmon
Wild-caught salmon is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats. But, to add to the list of health advantages, recent research shows omega-3 fatty acids in a diet can help fight the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation on sun-exposed skin. Wild salmon also contains a potent antioxidant pigment called astaxanthin, which may fight wrinkles and sagging.
Don't miss this: Tap here for my guide to best fishing buying and cooking! And, catch these recipes for fresh salmon.
Those colorful berries like both red and black raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, and blackberries do a great job of mopping up those free radicals created by the UV rays of the sun. They are loaded with cancer-fighting, disease-preventing antioxidants, too.
Don't miss this: Check out these superfoods that are black and loaded with goodness!
Even a spice can do plenty to help you stay skin cancer-free. This research shows a possible benefit of curcumin in turmeric used as a paste to help with melanoma treatment. Curcumin also reduces inflammation and works as an antioxidant to reduce skin damage.
Don't miss this: This is important! Here is a popular post on turmeric and the correct way to consume it!
7. Green Tea
Tea is a healthy beverage all year round, but green tea, brimming with the antioxidant EGCG, provides protection from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. The antioxidants work to prevent DNA damage and help repair existing damage. Choosing green tea can deter dehydration while in the sun and provide proper levels of skin hydration, another key to a youthful look, too.
Don't miss this: The benefits of green tea are many. Find some great ways to prepare green tea besides sipping right here.
8. Dark Chocolate
Go ahead and break off a chunk of dark chocolate and offer it to your friends, too, as research here suggests that it not only protects our cardiovascular system, but it also protects the skin from sun damage, too. My dad used to always give me natural cocoa butter for my skin and I am glad he did as it is an excellent emollient that preserves skin’s elasticity and moisture.
Don't miss this: Here is an assortment of healthy chocolate recipes to keep you happy.
9. Pomegranate Seeds
Snack on the polyphenols in pomegranate seeds to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB free radicals and may help with hyper-pigmentation.
Don't miss this: There are so many ways you can use pomegranate in your cooking for better health.
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