Summer is finally here which means more time under the sun. But this season usually calls for skin damage and sunburns which are a bummer for most Americans. Because deadly skin cancer has doubled in the last few decades, it is best to take precautionary measures on the pressing issue. If you’re planning to stay outdoors all throughout summer, you might want to apply a generous amount of sunscreen every time.
Besides sunscreen, did you know that the way you eat could affect how your body reacts to protect you? The following are foods that can improve your skin health.
Include everything that’s rich in omega-3. These fatty acids are notable in their anti-inflammatory characteristics which protect the cells from free radicals that act as an oxidation buffer. Note that omega-3 is also shown to prevent non-melanoma skin cancer. So take advantage of them whenever you can. Some great sources are flaxseeds, walnuts, and fatty fish.
Lycopene and beta-carotene are shown to improve the skin’s strength to defend itself from UV rays. With the help of other antioxidants, beta-carotene can decrease the reaction in sunburns while lycopene can protect the skin against UV-induced erythema. You can find lycopene-rich food in guava, watermelon, grapefruit, and orange peppers. Other beta-carotene-rich foods are butternut squash, dark leafy greens, and sweet potatoes.
Flavonoids, which is found in dark chocolate has proven that it can improve and protect the skin from damages. A long-term consumption of high flavanol cocoa improves photoprotection, increase skin density, increased skin hydration in women, and increased blood flow.
What are some superfoods that you’ve tried to help your skin? Did it work? If so, would you try any of the three we’ve mentioned above? Share us your opinion via social media or here today!