Add pome­gran­ate juice to your sum­mer drink menu this sea­son.

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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

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