5 Foods To Protect Against Sun Damage

What you eat determines how firm, radiant and ageless your skin is. It influences the body's ability to make collagen and elastin, dictates how hydrated the skin cells are, and inhibits enzymes that cause wrinkles. Eat the wrong foods and you'll end up with lined, pigmented and sagging skin. Eat the right foods and you'll have clear, luminous and soft skin.

Food can also act as a sun protector, enhancing your sunscreen. Conversely, if you've forgotten to apply sunscreen, food can provide some natural sun protection. On my last beach vacation, I inadvertently applied moisturizer instead of sunscreen, and after spending seven hours in the sun, sans-suncreen, I only ended up with a pink face, which disappeared after 12 hours. Had I not been eating these sun-protecting foods, I would have done significantly more damage to my skin.

Here are five of the best foods to eat to provide natural, healthy sun protection.

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