10 Foods That Make Your Skin UV-Protected: Say No To Sun Tanning!

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Updated On - August 25, 2020 Dr Jisha Gomez
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Did you know that the food you eat can actually protect your skin from sun rays and prevent sun tanning? Yes, a lot of essential vitamins and minerals found in the food improves your skin’s immunity to sun rays while giving you a natural glow. 

Here are 10 such foods you must add to your “diet for glowing skin” so that the sun damage will be prevented from within.

1. Citrus fruits

✔ Citrus Fruits like Mosambi, Orange, Lemon, etc. are a rich source of Vitamin C and Antioxidants.

✔ Vitamin C is a natural sunblock that prevents your skin from sun burning and sun tanning.

✔ The antioxidants in citrus fruits avoid premature ageing and skin cancer risks caused due to sun damage. Hence, include a lot of citrus fruits in your diet for glowing skin.

2. Pomegranates

✔ Pomegranates are a rich source of Ellagic acid and antioxidants.

✔  Just like antioxidants, ellagic acid protects your skin from damage caused by the UVA and UVB rays.

3. Grapes

Some compounds in grapes protect your skin cells from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation; hence, for the same reason, grape derivatives are used in sun protection products to avoid the sun tanning.

4. Flax Seeds

✔ Omega 3 fatty acids in flax seeds protect your skin from sunburn, reduce additional inflammation if sunburn occurs, and fight against skin cancer. So, flax seeds are a must to include in your diet for clear skin.

✔ According to the National Institute of Health, flaxseed oil keeps your skin moisturized so it won’t dry out, so it’s an excellent moisturizing agent in case you have dry skin.

5.  Sweet Potatoes

✔It’s the starch in potatoes that makes the difference here, as it helps reduce the harm of the sunburn and sun tanning.

6. Green Tea

Drinking 2 cups of green tea a day could lower the incidence of melanoma – A type of skin cancer that is caused by prolonged skin exposure to sun’s rays.

7. Oats

✔ As your skin ages and exposure to UV radiation increases, your skin cells loses its ability to regenerate. Antioxidants in Oats help with this.

8. Cucumber

✔ This easily available vegetable, helps your skin stay hydrated. 

✔ The more you eat this, the better it is, as it helps in collagen production which also contributes in anti-ageing. 

9. Watermelon

✔ It’s rich in antioxidants, which limits the damage caused by the UV-radiation on your body and protects your skin from sun tanning.

✔ Also, watermelon helps you stay hydrated during the warm summer months.

10. Carrot

✔ Vitamin A in this vegetable reduces your skin’s reaction to sunburn and helps lighten your dark skin.

It is thus vital to form your “diet for healthy skin” with these 10 foods according to dermatologists.

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About Author

Dr Jisha Gomez
She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.