Sunscreen: The #1 Anti-Aging Tool

Posted 07/09/2013 | By HealthCorps

Sunblock should be part of your year round skincare routine.  In fact, it is now considered the #1 anti-aging tool you can use, to slow the skin-aging process, and of course, it’s also at the top of the list of skin cancer prevention tips.  But did you know that you can also get skin protection from the foods you eat?

Many dermatologists strongly believe that antioxidants can help to reduce the risk of skin cancer by helping to neutralize the free radicals that can cause skin aging.  By eating a range of colorful fruits and vegetables you will easily consume a variety of antioxidants and phytochemicals, compounds in produce that offer health benefits.  Specifically, vitamins C and E are considered to be helpful in reducing the impact of the sun’s rays on our skin.  Vitamin C-rich foods include red and green hot chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers, thyme and parsley, kale, mustard greens, kiwi, papayas, oranges and strawberries.  Vitamin E-rich foods include mustard greens, Swiss chard, spinach, kale, nuts, tropical fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, vegetable oils and wheat.

Some other food sources of skin protection ingredients include:

Green tea, which is rich in catechins can also reduce the impact of sun’s photoaging.

Resveratrol-rich foods have also been found to protect the skin, so consuming small amounts of red wine, as well as blueberries and grapes are good choices.

Lycopene rich foods like tomatoes can also protect the skin.  Just remember that a bit of oil (choose healthy ones like olive oil or soybean oil) helps you to absorb the lycopene more efficiently.

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