For many years I would be the one skipping sunscreen, because my skin is so light, it doesn’t get any tan at all if I use skin protection. So, I would just literally fry my body in the hot sun, trying to get a bit of a tan on my legs, so that they look better in those summer shorts.
Finally, I grew up and realized how bad it is for your health to avoid sunscreen protection – not only it increases your risk of skin cancer tremendously, but it also causes premature wrinkling, and makes your body more prone to overheating, which can easily give you a sun stroke.
So, seriously, don’t mess with the sun! Use your sun protection and eat these skin-healing foods that will hydrate your body, and support your skin in healing faster if you accidentally managed to get sunburned (it does happen even if you use sunscreen sometimes). Health comes first – learn to love your body the way it is, and remember that there is nothing better than a vibrant, strong, healthy body!
Of course, never forget to drink loads of water, wear a hat, and sun glasses too!
12 Superb Vegan Foods To Fight And Prevent Sunburn (Except Sunscreen)
Eat a lot of vitamin C-rich berries and fruits such as strawberries, blackberries and kiwi during the summer months. Why? The vitamin C and the phytonutrient act like a natural sunblock and helps to prevent you from burning. 100g of strawberries and 1.5 kiwis is roughly what you need.
It’s the starch in potatoes that makes the difference here, as it helps reduce the harm of the sunburn. So does that mean chips all holiday long? Er, not necessarily, sadly. Sweet potato is a healthier option, and is just like carrots high in the skin-protecting beta-carotene and vitamin C.
3. Green tea
According to a study, drinking two cups of green or matcha tea a day could lower incidence of melanoma. However, caffeine dehydrates you, so you should limit your intake, and make sure you’re swigging lots of water in between.
This is another fruit that’s high in vitamin C, and is therefore healing for your skin. One serving of Guava contains five times more vitamin C than an orange.
Oatmeal contains a free radical fighting antioxidant. Briefly, as skin age and exposure to UV radiation increases, skin cells lose their ability to regenerate. Antioxidants help with this, which is why you’ll see the word on a load of anti-ageing products out there.
Cucumber contains mostly water, which helps your skin to stay hydrated (and is also why it feels soooo good when you put it on your eyes). But that’s not the only benefit. The vegetable also helps to produce collagen, which is a good anti-cancer property.
These are packed full of antioxidants too, helping to protect skin from UV- radiation. But there’s bonus points for the humble tomato: Vitamin C and the lycopene (which gives it its red colour) found in tomatoes helps to keep the skin hydrated.
I’m pleased this one’s on the list, because there’s not much that’s more refreshingly delicious than watermelon on a hot day. This fruit works just like tomatoes. It’s rich in antioxidants, which limit the UV-radiation on your body. Plus is also full of water, so eat three to four slices a day to stay hydrated during the warm summer months.
9. Dark chocolate
REJOICE, there’s a treat we should be having. It’s that old favourite antioxidants again here. Dark chocolate “makes your skin smoother and protects from the sun’s radiation,” chocolate containing more than 70% cacao is best (and advises not to have more than one bar per week, but you might *accidentally* miss that last bit of info).
The beta-carotene in carrots, which the body converts to vitamin A, has been linked to reduce reaction to sunburn. So that’s a good one to note if the damage is done and you’ve already been burned.
11. White vinegar
This is another one to take note of if you’ve already suffered the sunburn and are looking for a way to soothe it. Spray the white vinegar directly on the affected skin or use a compress, and you should notice it calming down soon.
This fruit is extremely rich in antioxidants, ellagic acid and has anti-inflammatory agents, which can help your skin to resists cell damaged caused by UVA and UVB rays. Plus, pomegranate is also supposed to be good when it comes to fighting against aging and sun-damaged skin.
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