We are all well aware of the dangers of sun exposure and its links to cancer. However, sun damaged skin is a less lethal but still damaging side effect. The sun can cause the skin to age prematurely. It may start to become very dry, wrinkled and covered in dark spots. There are treatments that can improve the quality of the skin but you might be surprised to hear that may foods can help. Some foods help protect the skin from the sun while others can actually help reverse the current damage.
According to Daily Glow, tomatoes can help protect the skin against the rays of the sun. Tomatoes are full of an antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene works best when foods are cooked. So stewed tomatoes or sauces are a good choice. The cooking process helps the lycopene absorb into the body better where it can offer further protection from the UV rays of the sun. If you're not a fan of tomatoes the watermelon is another choice. In fact watermelon contains 40 percent more lycopene than tomatoes.
Another way to treat a serious problem of sun damaged skin is by eating orange peels. Orange peels can actually reduce your chances of non-melanoma carcinoma forming by up to 30 percent. Orange peels do have a very strong and bitter taste. However, grinding them up and adding them to yogurt or cereal is a way to add flavor and cut their powerful taste. You only need about a tablespoon per week to gain the maximum benefit.
Certain types of fish are full of omega 3 oils which are beneficial to the entire body. The Omega 3's reduce the chances of sun damaged skin by reducing inflammation brought on from sun burn. Continued use can even cut your chances of skin cancer, potentially.
Eating the right foods can potentially reduce your risks of sun damaged skin. However to really minimize your chances of sun damage and cancer you need to avoid exposure to the sun. If you must be outside the wear light clothing to keep your skin covered. If possible avoid the sun between the hours of 11 and 3 when the rays are their most powerful.