4 foods that fight sun damage

Susannah Hickling

Fight the sun's damage with these 4 healthy foods:

1. Cherries

A great source of melatonin, an antioxidant that protects your skin against UV radiation. Research has also revealed that it helps repair sunburnt skin by stimulating new cell growth.

2. Green tea

Scientists have discovered that an antioxidant in green tea—the uncatchily named epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)—fights inflammation in your body’s protective covering. It also helps ward off wrinkles.

3. Pomegranates

This fruit has a high antioxidant content and research from the US University of Wisconsin has been found to offer anti-inflammatory benefits to your skin. It can also reduce the ability of UVB radiation to cause cancer-promoting damage in skin cells.

4. Fatty fish

Adding foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids—salmon, for example—to your summer menu will help protect skin from the damaging inflammation caused by sun exposure. What’s more, all fish are a great source of selenium and protein, needed for skin repair.