Nature’s Sunscreen

homemade sunscreen

It seems that every summer, there is a new slew of sunscreens on the market. Broad spectrum sunscreens, sheer sunscreens, natural sunscreens, 100+ SPF sunscreens, sport sunscreens, spray sunscreens, moisturizing sunscreens, anti-aging sunscreens, and the list goes on…How does one choose what to use? It can be so overwhelming.

Good news! Applied sunscreens don’t have to be our only option! Did you know that food can be a great way to protect your skin from sun damage? Now, I’m not making the case for throwing your sunscreen in the garbage, but I am emphasizing the fact that what you eat can have a profound impact on how your skin reacts to sunlight and how well it recovers after a long day in those warm rays.

When the sun hits our skin, it begins to manufacture vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin—er, hormone actually!). It also begins to produce melanin, the pigment responsible for darkening the skin to protect it from damaging UVA and UVB rays. This melanin is also what creates that nice summer tan. But, when we are exposed to too much sunlight, melanin production cannot keep up with the exposure, and our skin begins to burn. Over time, overexposure to the sun and sun burns can increase the risk of skin cancer. That’s why sunscreen, particularly at the beginning of the warm season when our skin has not produced much melanin yet, is very important.

But, sunscreen is not the only way to protect your skin. Our diet plays a role in the way our skin responds to and repairs itself from exposure to the sun. In fact, an anti-inflammatory diet that is rich in fruits, veggies, Omega 3s and vitamin D can provide your skin the ammunition it needs to fight free radical damage and premature wrinkles, to stay hydrated and to protect itself from future damage. See below for some the most antioxidant-rich foods to incorporate into your regular diet routine:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Orange, yellow and red peppers
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Wild salmon and sardines
  • Collard greens & swiss chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Watermelon
  • Kiwi
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Green Tea
  • Dark chocolate
Each of these sunscreen foods contains a unique array of antioxidants, phytonutrients, essential fats, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals that go to work battling the harmful parts of the sun’s rays. One way to ensure that you are getting these nutrients is to aim for the colors of the rainbow every day: 1) Red, 2) Purple, 3) Orange/Yellow, 4) White and 5) Green. Getting in 3-5 cups of the fresh fruits and veggies above daily (bonus if you can go mostly raw!) will flood your body with the nutrients it needs to repair sun damage and keep your skin healthy, smooth and beautiful—from the inside out.

Beauty Begins Inside

Who doesn’t want soft, wrinkle-free skin?! I know I do! I invest time researching the most clean, nourishing face washes and creams that I can find. And there are some great products out there! But, what I also invest in is an antioxidant-rich diet. Food and drink are actually incredibly impactful for the health of the body’s largest organ. Certain foods, like dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, purple grapes, olive oil, wild salmon and berries, have shown to support the skin’s collagen production and suppleness, two qualities that keep skin looking young and glowy.

So, what make these foods powerful anti-agers? There are 5 skin-nourishing ingredients that are key in keeping skin soft, supple and wrinkle-free!

  • Vitamin C: I’m sure you’ve heard about the skin wonders that this vitamin is responsible for! Vitamin C boosts collagen production to keep wrinkles at bay, supports healthy wound healing and helps keep skin plump. The foods richest in vitamin C include red bell peppers, kiwi, strawberries, oranges, grapefruit, spinach, broccoli, papaya, cantaloupe and papaya.
  • Beta-carotene: This nutrient is the plant form of vitamin A, and it is responsible for healthy cell regeneration that keeps skin supple and smooth, even skin tone and protection against free radicals that cause cancer and other chronic illnesses. Vitamin A occurs in sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, squashes, carrots, orange and yellow bell peppers, mango, bok choy, cantaloupe, sea vegetables, eggs, grapefruit, papaya and brussels sprouts.
  • Essential fatty acids: Essential fatty acids generally fall into 2 categories: Omega 3s and Omega 6s. We get plenty of Omega 6 fats from nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, but we often don’t consume adequate Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s fight inflammation and cushion the skin’s cells, which gives skin its soft and plump qualities. Chronic dryness can often be the result of a lack of essential Omega 3 intake. Foods rich in Omega 3s include wild salmon, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, olive oil, walnuts, walnut oil and sardines.
  • Vitamin E: This essential vitamin fights free radicals that age the skin and promote cancer; it also supports the skin’s natural soft and supple quality. Vitamin E gives the skin a beautiful radiance. Rich food sources include almonds, raw seeds, spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens, kale, hazelnuts, avocado and olive oil.
  • Resveratrol: This nutrient has gained popularity in recent years, largely due to it being found in red wine! It is not only powerful in fighting the skin-damaging effects of free radicals, but it also can prevent their formation (bonus: resveratrol can have protective effects when applied topically, as well!). Red and purple grapes, cocoa, cranberries, pistachios, dark chocolate, blueberries and peanuts are also good sources of resveratrol.
As you can see from the wide range of foods that these 5 nutrients are found in, eating the rainbow (and I DON’T mean Skittles!) is essential for healthy, young, glowing skin. Make it a point to fill your plate with red, purple, orange, yellow, green and white fruits and veggies on a daily basis!

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