'Sunblocking' Foods That Protect Your Skin From the Inside Out (PHOTOS)

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  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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    The healthy fat is found in salmon, chia seeds and flax seeds. According to Sarah Jacobs, a holistic nutritional counselor and co-founder of The Wellness Project NYC, this powerful anti-inflammatory reduces the negative effects of the sun and can help heal damage that's been done.

  • Dark, Leafy Greens

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    There is some evidence that carotenoid-containing foods, like red, orange, yellow, and dark leafy greens, could potentially offer some phytoprotection from UV rays from the skin, notes Emily Lisciandro, registered dietitian at the OSU Wender Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • Sweet Potatoes

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    These orange, oval-shaped pieces of goodness are super high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, cancer-causing compounds that damage skin cells and cells inside the body, according to Beth Warren, RD.

  • Dark Chocolate

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    According to certified nutrition consultant and Project Juice co-founder Lori Kenyon Farley, studies have shown that ingesting chocolate with high flavanol levels help reduce sunburns during exposure. Talk about a great excuse to eat that cocoa goodness!

  • Blueberries

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    "One of the antioxidants contained in blueberries is anthocyanin," says Janet Little, a nutritionist at Sprouts Farmers Market. "They give the blueberry its purple-blue color and have been shown to act as a sunscreen, protecting cells from high-light damage."

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  • Shellfish & Wild Salmon

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    Astaxanthin is a carotenoid found in wild salmon and shellfish like lobster and shrimp. According to the Journal of Dermatological Science, astaxanthin can protect against alterations in human DNA induced by UVA light exposure.
  • Sunflower Seeds

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    Vitamin E absorbs the energy of UV rays, making these bite-size treats that are packed with tons of the antioxidant a great choice for protection. With 10 mg in 1 oz. of seed, a serving accounts for nearly two-thirds of your daily recommended allowance.

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  • Carrots

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    Grace Gutierrez, founder of True Grace Skin Care, advises drinking the juice of two carrots diluted in one glass of water per day. The beta carotenes will give your skin extra protection in the sun.

  • Cruciferous Veggies

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    Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprout, are packed with essential antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage.
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