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.

Dana James

Triple Board Certified Functional Nutritionist
Dana James, MS, CNS, CDN is a Columbia University-educated nutritional therapist and founder of Food Coach NYC. She holds her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and is trained in nutrition biochemistry, functional medicine and cognitive behavioral therapy. She believes that food should be viewed as nourishing, joyful and fundamental to self-care. Her goal is to help women break their antagonist (and often obsessive) relationship with food and their body. She believes that true beauty stems from grace, dignity and embracing our idiosyncrasies that make us unique and imperfect. Dana created "How to Ditch Sugar" video series for mindbodygreen. Check out the program here: How to Ditch Sugar. Dana coaches one-to-one, runs workshops in NYC and LA, and holds teleseminars on various topics that help women lead a more beautiful and balanced life. To connect more with Dana, check out her Instagram account and sign up for her bi-weekly Sunday evening emails.
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