Cremini mushrooms help protect the skin from the sun’s effects.

With Summer quickly approaching, most of us will begin to spend more time outdoors and in the sun exposing ourselves to maybe just a bit more damaging sun rays than we intended to. Though we do believe in the use of sunscreens, its difficult to truly advocate for  their use, as every sunscreen that can be labeled as such contains a plethora of chemicals.

Aside from dressing head to toe in sun-blocking apparel and wearing a hat and sunglasses, there are a couple of ways to protect yourself from the damaging effects from the sun, from the inside out. Increasing the number of antioxidants that you intake can actually help keep that damage in check. These foods are known to be high in antioxidants and can aid in the protection against skin damage.

Choose green tea as your summer-time beverage throughout the season for a boost of EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) which fights inflammation and neutralizes free radicals. Its also been shown to reduce wrinkles and improve skin elasticity.

What would a summer picnic be without cherries? Including them in your summer diet can help protect the skin against ultraviolet radiation thanks to the abundance of melatonin that cherries have. Choose montmorency cherries for the highest level of melatonin. Beyond repairing sunburned skin, cherries are also packed with vitamin C which the body needs to create collagen.

Another fruit that is smart to incorporate into your warm weather diet is pomegranates. Because of their high levels of antioxidants, pomegranate seeds bring anti-inflammatory benefits along with protection against UVB radiation’s ability to cause cancer-promoting damage to the skin cells.

Other foods that carry healthy benefits for the skin include cremini mushrooms and fatty fish like salmon. Both are a great source of selenium which helps protect against, and repair, skin damage from the sun.

At Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care, we believe that natural skin-care, from both diet and topical applications, is the best skin care. We never use any chemicals in our natural moisturizer or organic skin care products and every one of our natural skin care products comes from the ingredients grown on our farm. Our passion is create products with the health of your skin in mind.