You already know that good nutrition can lead to healthy, glowing skin but did you know that what you eat can actually protect you from the sun? According to Karin Hermani, Ph D. at Lycored, here are the basics of ingestible sunscreen.
Sun exposure is the number one preventable cause of skin cancer or ageing skin. On top of protective clothing and a good SPF, a lot of your sun care could start from inside out.
Taste the Rainbow
Although Skittles won’t help you prevent skin damage from sun exposure a huge array of fruits vegetables and spices contain Carotenoids, Polyphenols and Phytonutrients to help you stay and look healthy.
Carotenoids are found mainly in orange or red colored fruits and vegetables such Yams, Mangoes, Carrots, Ripe Tomatoes, Oranges, Cantaloupe but also in Kale and Spinach. They act as anti-oxidants in the body and are known to protect against cellular damage that leads to ageing, eye disease and a certain cancers.
Polyphenols are powerful chemical compounds found in Berries. They’ve been well known in the beauty industry to offer anti-ageing benefits for the skin but the Polyphenols found in Cranberries may help slow down skin ageing from sun exposure.
Phytonutrients are natural chemicals that help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs and other threats. Although not as essentials as the vitamins and minerals, the phytonutrients found in Whole Grains, Nuts, Beans or Tea are helping prevent disease by providing strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and according to Hermoni, can boost the protection mechanism of the skin as well.
Take your supplements
The latest hot trend in the beauty industry is taking supplements that boost your skin’s health. Omega Oils, Collagen, Vitamins (A, C and E) CoQ10, Fern Extracts, Zinc, Calcium and Biotin are just a few supplements known to improve your skin but you can also get Phytonutrients such as Resveratrol in a supplement form to help boost your skin’s protection.
Don’t forget your topical SPF
These nutritional methods are not meant to replace your topical sun protection but to provide you with an extra layer of defense against damage from sun or free radicals.