Add pomegranate juice to your summer drink menu this season.
have antioxidant and anti-ageing actions on the skin. Eat almonds and apply almond oil before heading outdoors.
Grapes have one of the highest sources of polyphenols including resveratrol and proanthocyaindins ( giving grapes their deep red colour), and are rich in vitamin E and linoleic acid (healthy fats). Proanthocyaindins have been shown to be 50 times more effective than vitamin E and 20 times more effective than vitamin C as antioxidants. These nutrients, in combination, have been shown to reduce inflammation, improve skin elasticity, and protect against UV damage, sunburn, and skin cancer. Consume grapes, including the seeds, grape juice, a glass of red wine (in moderation of course), or rub grape seed oil before and after sun exposure.
Polyphenols found in pomegranate act a potent antioxidant, which were found to not only heal sunburns, but also boost SPF levels by between 22 and 28%. Add pomegranate juice to your summer drink menu this season.
Tomatoes are a major source of the antioxidant lycopene, which scavenge free radicals, prevent redness, and protect against sunburns, premature ageing, and skin cancer. Lycopene is best utilised in the body when it is processed and cooked – in the form of tomato paste, tomato sauce and cooked tomatoes.
Cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, turnips, cauliflower, and radishes, contain the extract isothiocyanates, known for its anti-cancer and sun protective properties. Unlike sunscreens, isothiocyanates do not absorb UV rays and prevent its entry into the skin. Instead, they internally boost the production of protective enzymes that defend skin cells against UV damage. Consequently, the effects last for several days, providing protection even after the extract is no longer present in or on the skin.
Plant oils including sesame, coconut, peanut, and olive contain UV protection properties. Sesame oil in particular blocks 30% of UV rays, while coconut, peanut, and olive oil block 20%. Avocado oil, rich in vitamins E, A and D, protein, and healthy fats help soothe, moisturise, stimulate skin regeneration, and protect the skin from UV rays. Even with a low SPF protection of 4, jojoba oil is an effective moisturiser. As moisturised skin is less likely to burn and enables us to tan faster, apply jojoba oil before and after sun exposure. Shea butter melts at room temperature and is rapidly absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. It contains the antioxidants, vitamins A and E, all improving blood circulation to the skin and enhancing skin regeneration. Shea butter also provides protection against harmful UV rays. n