Eating to Protect Your Skin

Skin protection may only be on your mind when you step outside and lay down on the warm sand at the beach, but it should be on your mind at all times. Protecting the skin is just one smart and easy way that you can keep yourself healthy in the summer months, and year round for that matter. Sunscreen only does so much,and isn’t typically applied daily. The things that you eat and drink play a large part in the condition of your skin and eating the right things in the right amount can pay off in the long run and keep you looking and feeling healthy and fresh.tofu

The lycopene found in tomatoes is what gives this fruit its nice bright red hue. Lycopene is a carotenoid that helps to keep your skin smooth. Recent studies have consistently shown that those who have skin concentrations of lycopene had smoother skin. Consuming more lycopene may also protect your skin from sunburn as it helps to lessen the instance of skin redness when in contact with UV rays. In one study, participants who were exposed to UV light had almost 50 percent less skin reddening after they ate two and a half tablespoons of tomato paste, in addition to their regular diet, for 10 to 12 weeks.

Soy based products like tofu, edamame and soymilk may help to preserve skin-firming collagen because they are all rich in isoflavones. Research recently conducted shows that when isoflavones are ingested, and skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation, they tend to develop less wrinkles and have smoother skin than those who are exposed to UV light but lack sufficient levels of isoflavones; this is because isoflavones prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin.

Fish such as tuna is rich in omega-3, as too are salmon and sardines. These omega-3 preserve collagen, a fibrous protein that keeps skin firm. And EPA in combination with DHA, which is the other omega-3 in fish, helps to prevent skin cancer by reducing inflammatory compounds that can promote tumor growth. Eating the recommended two servings of fatty fish a week: is not only good for the skin, but for the nails, hair and the heart too.


Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

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