5 foods that may help protect against sun damage

Here in Miami, we are lucky to enjoy a sunny climate with beautiful pools and beaches for enjoying time outdoors. However, all that time spent soaking up rays can take a serious toll on our skin. You should always wear sunscreen and a hat to minimize sun damage and there are also foods you can eat to improve your skin's resilience. 

  • Dark chocolate: A study published by the National Institutes of Health found that some types of dark chocolate seems to help protect the skin against sun damage. However, there is a catch: The active compounds, called flavanols, are often removed during processing. Dark chocolate with a high flavanol content is best. 
  • Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like tuna and salmon help make skin strong, supple and youthful. They may also actively repair UV damage. 
  • Green tea: Green tea contains anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and antioxidant properties that can make a world of difference for your skin. 
  • Pomegranates: According to Reader's Digest, pomegranates pack a major anti-oxidant punch, even limiting UVB damage that could cause cancerous changes to skin cells. Some research suggests eating pomegranates could even soothe inflamed tissue. 
  • Sweet potatoes: The beta-carotene found in sweet potatoes and carrots helps to destroy free radicals that, if left to their own devices, will try to ruin your skin. 

If you have aging, dull-looking skin and/or parts of your body that are looking a little worse-for-wear, consider exploring your South Florida cosmetic surgery options. Christopher Craft, M.D., is a reputable medical professional who can help you improve your appearance and regain confidence. Call Christopher Craft Cosmetic Surgery to schedule an initial consultation today! 

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