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When you think about it, our bodies are literally built from the food we eat. During the summer it is a great idea to eat more foods that nourish and potentially protect our skin from sun damage. Of course, sun cream is still important, but humans were exposed to solar rays long before Superdrug. It makes sense that certain foods evolved with protective benefits. Here are four skin-protecting foods that are great to eat any time of the year.

Leafy greens

Is there anything greens aren’t good for? Dark green lettuce, spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are sources of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which were show to stop UV-driven cell growth in animal studies.


The perfect refreshing summer fruit is also good for your skin. In addition to having lots of vitamins and being great for hydration they contain limonene, which was linked to a 34 percent lower risk of skin cancer in one university study.


Carrots help you see in the dark… and not glow in the dark. Like other red, yellow, and orange fruits and vegetables the humble carrot is a great source of carotenoids which are shown to reduce the intensity of sunburn.

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The Spanish are on to something with gazpacho: tomatoes and tomato-based foods are packed with the antioxidant lycopene, which has been proven to offer long-term protection against UV-radiation-induced effects.

What are your top tips for skin-friendly foods?