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WHAT?... Foods That Protect Your Skin from the Damaging Rays of the Sun? That's Right

Now of course we all know all the basic ways to protect yourself from the sun's harmful UV rays... Sunscreen with a high SPF, UV Blocking sunglasses, wearing a hat, wearing a thin layer of clothing. But how often do you hear about foods that protect you from the sun... For real?

Yes, little do most people know that eating certain foods might create certain levels of protection for your skin and actually help to prevent sunburn!

  • Watermelon – Loaded with antioxidants which can limit UV radiation from harming your skin – and it's just so juicy!.
  • Citrus Fruits – Vitamin C rich oranges, grapefruit, and lemons may help. A University of Arizona actually showed 34% lower risk of skin cancer as these fruits contain a property called limonene.
  • Strawberries – Loaded with vitamin C and other healthy properties can actually help to prevent the burning of your skin.
  • Green Tea – There are polyphenols found in green tea which has been found to protect from UV rays.
  • Cucumbers – A water based veggie that hydrates the skin, as well as helping to produce collagen.
  • Tomatoes – Lycopene found in 'maters can possibly increase the protection of your skin.
  • Carrots – Beta-carotene, baby... packed with antioxidants that can protect your skin as well as your eyes!
  • Sweet Potatoes – High in beta-carotene, as well as starch that can help to reduce sun burn's effects.
  • Red Pepper – Loaded with both lycopene and beta carotene!
  • Olive Oil & Salmon – Several foods rich with GOOD fats are high in Omega 3 and vitamin E which has been shown to protect your skin from sun damage.
  • Red Wine – Say what? Researchers from Spain discovered in a 2011 study that the flavonoids in grapes may block the chemical compounds that can damage your skin. A good enough reason to indulge in a glass!
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