Eat Your Sunscreen: 5 Foods To Protect Your Skin

Could eating a spinach salad and slurping an iced latte before heading out into the sun keep your skin safe? Intriguing new research is showing that certain foods can protect your skin from the inside, leading to lower rates of skin cancer. But, experts caution you not to toss that tube of Coppertone: “Sunscreen and sun-protective clothing are the first line of defense against sunburns and sun damage,” says Jessica Wu, MD, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist, member of the American Society for Nutrition, and author of Feed Your Face. “But, eating the right foods can provide an extra layer of protection.” Here are four food items (and one delicious drink) that may give you added armor when you step out into the sun.