During the summer, we lather up and cover ourselves with sunscreen. After all, you want to protect your skin from UV damage, prevent aging, wrinkles, sunburn and yes, even cancer. But many sunscreens contain chemicals that aren’t so great for your skin. So, along with safer sunscreens, it’s a good idea to eat these three foods to protect skin from sun damage, too.

Unfortunately, many of the same sunscreens we massage into our skin actually contain endocrine disrupting chemicals. And for women, this is a health threat. That’s because chemicals like oxybenone and octinoxate can act like the hormone, estrogen, and disrupt the reproductive system, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). 

So, to protect not only your skin but your endocrine and reproductive systems, too, you boost your skin’s protective shield from the inside out. In fact, there are three specific foods that provide essential nutrients to help protect your skin.  

The good news is these foods are probably something you already have at home. And if not, they’re easy to get a hold of at grocery stores. 

3 foods to protect skin

Dark Chocolate

According to this 2009 study, dark chocolate, rich in flavanols, can help to protect the skin from harmful UV effects. 


According to research from John Hopkins University, broccoli, or to be specific, extract of broccoli sprouts, can reduce skin cell damage caused by UV radiation. 

Olive Oil

A study published in the journal Carcinogenesis found that topical application of olive oil helped to reduce UV ray-induced skin cancer. This may be due to the high Vitamin E and antioxidant content in good quality olive oil. Not only can you look for olive oil in natural sunscreens, but you can also drizzle it on your meals to boost your skin’s defense mechanisms, too.

It’s one thing if your skin is breaking out when you’re PMS-ing, or when you’re stressed. Yes, it’s annoying, but at least it makes sense. But it’s maddening when your face is dotted with zits for no apparent reason. Why, why, why? So, if you’re skin is breaking out and it’s one big mystery, here are three unexpected reasons to consider. 

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4 effective ways to overcome emotional eating 

Do you ever eat to make yourself better – especially when you feel stressed or unhappy? Emotional eating is pretty common, and it’s safe to say that most of us have tapped into the comforting effects of food from time to time. But if emotional eating is the only way to cope with stress and negative emotions, it can become an unhealthy pattern that’s hard to break. But there are gentle ways to overcome this habit.

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