If a weekend in the sun has left you looking a little lobster-like, these super healthy and antioxidant-rich foods will go some way to fighting the damage. We're talking beauty from within, ladies.
Fish is a great source of Omega 3s, which provide the skin with internal protection against the sun’s damaging rays. Wild salmon and other red-hued seafood also contain an antioxidant called astaxanthin, which mitigates the damaging and aging effects of sun exposure. In addition, all fish contain selenium and protein – vital for skin repair.
Try adding some pomegranate seeds to your salad today, as the fruit contains high levels of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory benefits. Nutrients in pomegranates have also been found to help prevent UVB radiation from causing cancer-inducing damage to the skin.
A hot drink might not be high on your wish list on a balmy summer’s day but it contains a powerful antioxidant – epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – that fights against inflammation in the skin. The antioxidant helps neutralise free radicals, which limits their ability to cause damage to the skin. It can even help prevent wrinkles and other issues from developing. Black tea can also help because of its quercetin content, which helps protect the skin.
Try snacking on some cherries for dessert. Montmorency cherries, in particular, are a great source of an antioxidant called melatonin. This protects the skin against UV radiation. The nutrient has also been shown to help repair sun burnt skin by stimulating skin-cell growth. Finally, cherries contain vitamin C – vital for building collagen and protecting against wrinkle formation.
Crimini mushrooms contain extremely high levels of the skin-protecting nutrient selenium. This mineral is vital for the production of glutathione peroxidase, a powerful antioxidant that fights against the damaging free radicals that form in your skin after a weekend of sunbathing. The mushrooms are also a good source of B vitamins, which help create new skin cells.