There is no substitute for slathering on lots of high-SPF sunscreen, but certain foods can help to protect your skin against sun damage. Including them in your diet could help protect your skin.

Blueberries

Blueberries are full of antioxidants, helping to fight free radicals that can damage skin exposed to the sun and stress. They are a great source of vitamin C which can help prevent wrinkles.

Watermelon

Watermelon is an excellent source of lycopene which absorbs UVA and UVB radiation, although you do need to consume it regularly for several weeks for it to help act as a natural sunblock. Of course, it won’t take the place of an actual sunblock or protective clothing, but it could help your skin from ageing too quickly.

Nuts and Seeds

Flax, walnuts, Chia seeds and hemp seeds are all rich sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Our bodies can’t make omega-3 so we must get it through diet. Omega-3 helps to reduce inflammation and maintain skin integrity.

Leafy Greens and Carrots

Carrots and leafy greens contain lots of beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A and is essential for healthy skin.

Green Tea

Greene tea contains a flavonoid that helps reduce skin damage and which protects the skin against the decrease of collagen, a protein that gives skin its firmness and youthfulness.