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Foods to Eat to Prevent a Sunburn

8 Foods That Can Help Rescue Skin From Sun Damage

Foods to Eat to Prevent a Sunburn

Same goes for rich-colored vegetables (think pretty much any color, so long as it's saturated). They too can provide the antioxidants your body needs to fight free-radical damage. Adams suggests choosing several servings weekly of eggplant (with the skin); black and red beans; artichokes; red, orange, and yellow bell peppers; and tomatoes.

"These foods are all high in antioxidants, and the peppers and tomatoes are high in vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient in the creation of collagen," he said.

Tomatoes, in particular, are one to load up on. "These red gems contain the antioxidant lycopene, which gives the vegetable its red color and helps prevent skin damage and wrinkles caused by UV light," said Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, NJ.

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