We all know that the type of food we eat has a major impact on how our skin looks. Eating the right foods can prevent wrinkles, hydrate the skin and promote the body’s ability to make collagen and elastin. But did you know that there are certain foods that can also boost your skin’s ability to protect itself from sun damage?

Read on to find out which foods you should regularly indulge in to get maximum benefits.

Tomatoes
 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the richest source of lycopene which is a great anti-oxidant. Research shows that it reduces free radicals by 40-50% caused due to UV rays. You can add cherry tomatoes to your salads or drizzle some olive oil and pepper over cut tomatoes and get the necessary dose of lycopene.

Berries
 

Berries

Berries like strawberry and raspberry are packed with essentials vitamins and minerals which also hydrate the body. Studies prove that both these berries resist attraction of sun’s harmful UV rays, thereby protecting your skin from tanning. Add the berries to your morning smoothie or top your bowl of cereal with them and enjoy!

Broccoli
 

Broccoli

Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and cabbage are rich in sulphoraphane, a property that protects skin cells from sun damage. Blanch and add it to your salad or toss them in some oil and enjoy as a side with your protein portion.

Watermelon
 

Watermelon

Apart from being hydrating and refreshing, watermelon is also rich in lycopene along with vitamins A and C. Brimming with antioxidants; it also protects skin cells from UV damage. Enjoy a bowl full of watermelon and give your body a surge of hydration. Who can say no to some watermelon and feta cheese salad?

Bell peppers
 

Bell peppers

Bell peppers in any colour contain antioxidants that reduce UVB induced damage. It also decreases inflammation caused due to long sun exposure. Put one whole raw diced bell pepper to your salad to get maximum benefits.