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

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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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