Great Foods That Fight UV Damage

Obviously, the best way to shield your skin from harmful UV rays is with loads and loads of sunscreen.

Studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet reduces your risk of skin cancer and minimizes signs of aging. Knowing that, consider making these antioxidant-rich foods your pantry staples.

Tomatoes: Bright red tomatoes — the redder, the better — are loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant known to protect your skin from the sun.

Pumpkin seeds: They’re a great source of zinc, a trace mineral that acts as a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, protecting against UV radiation and boosting the immune system.

Green or white tea: Green and white teas are rich in polyphenols, which have an inhibitory effect on cancer cells.

Olive oil: It’s high in omega-3 fats, with both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Not only does it lower your risk of skin cancer, but it wards off signs of aging as well.

Red bell peppers: Vitamin C is key for building strong collagen and fighting wrinkles. Red bell peppers contain more Vitamin C than orange.

Broccoli: Research has shown that these fibrous food may protect against cancer and inhibit the growth of unhealthy cells.

Salmon: Packed with essential fatty acids like omega 3’s, salmon is good for the brain, but also great for the skin.