The best way to protect ourselves from skin damage, caused as a result of the harmful sun rays, is to use sunscreens with high SPF. However, researches have shown that besides using a sunscreen, and thus protecting ourselves from the outside, we should also protect ourselves from the inside by consuming food that provides sun protection. Thanks to its magnificent ingredients, this delicious food serves as a natural sunscreen with moderate SPF. By consuming the following foods on a daily basis, you’ll be able to fully protect yourselves and enjoy the summer
A study carried out in Britain, has shown that chocolate which contains a high percentage of cocoa in it, functions the same way as a sunscreen. Cocoa is the ultimate super-food, containing 712 compounds, many of which are potently antioxidant and skin-protective. Namely, the skin of the examinees who were consuming 20 grams of dark chocolate on a regular basis has proved to be more resistant to the sun rays. In addition, dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants which protect the skin from all types of sun rays: UVA and UVB.
Not only does green tea protect our body, but also it protects our skin by being one of the strongest antioxidants. Green tea – high in polyphenols, has shown to provide protection both internally and externally from UV radiation as well as the dreaded photo aging. Antioxidant compounds called polyphenol catechins provide super-powerful defense. Only a cup of green tea, on a daily basis, is enough to protect your skin for amazing 25 percent. It will take only 12 weeks of drinking green tea and then you’ll be ready to expose your skin to the sun rays without having fear of causing any kind of damage to it.
Apart from their delicious taste, a great thing about tomatoes is that they do not lose all their healthy ingredients in the process of cooking. The natural antioxidant pigment lycopene gives the characteristic red color to ripe red tomatoes, and like other antioxidant compounds in foods, lycopene also protects skin cells from exposure to the sun. Only 5 tomatoes a day will increase the skin resistance for 33 percent, which can also be achieved by using a sunscreen with moderate SPF.
Red, yellow and orange peppers are rich in carotenoids, which are antioxidants that convert to vitamin A in the body and provide protection to the skin cells. Other foods that contain high percentage of carotenoids include: apricots, papaya, sweet potato, mango, carrots and beets. Try to consume any of these foods regularly, and I assure you’ll see the difference in short time