Sunscreen From the Inside Out

Nutrition plays a part in grooming and skin care. What you eat really does play a part in who you are.

The sun is always a big issue. Believe it or not, some researchers suggest that what you eat can actually act as a sunscreen!

Researchers say that 16 milligrams of lycopene - the same anti-oxidant that is good for the prostate - per day can help keep the bad UVs away. This amount is about the same as 6 ounces of tomato juice. Yes, lycopene is found in tomatoes and if you cook those tomatoes you get more lycopene for your money. Watermelon also contains lycopene. These researchers say that daily lycopene can reduce your risk of sunburn by 40%. Not bad, but you need to build up your lycopene levels for the protection and it could take a couple of months.

Beta-carotene, found in carrots and sweet potatoes, also act as a sunscreen. Beta-carotene will collect in the outer layers of your skin and shield out some of the UV rays. Eat veggies with beta-carotene every day or every other day.

Wash down your lycopene and beta-carotene with some d-limonene. D-limonene is an anti-oxident found in lemons,grapefruits, oranges, and limes. D-limonene can lower skin cancer risk. Keep in mind that you need to use freshly squeezed citrus for maximum effects. Grating some of the zest, or skin, from the citrus fruit will give you more d-limonene for your money. One researcher found that a tablespoon of zest per week could lower skin cancer risk by 30%.

Now, I wouldn't trash the commercial sunscreen. As a matter of fact, being the outdoor, sporty, type, I would still slather with the 45 SPF! But knowing that I can protect myself from inside as well as outside . . . I will eat my sunscreen as well as wear it!

To find out what you can eat to help prevent sunburn, read on.