Whilst sunscreen can help to protect the surface of the skin from the damage caused by sun exposure, there is a lot more going on beneath the surface that also needs attention. We spend so much on expensive creams, sun screens and skin treatments, but hardly ever give the same care to what’s going on deeper down.

A study published in the March edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology supports the theory that vitamins are effective at protecting and supporting the skin, boosting defences against skin cancer, warding off wrinkles and lines, and promoting a radiant and youthful glow from within. We’ll be taking a look at the marvellous effects that many foods have on the skin over the next few weeks. These effects are backed by many clinical studies carried out over recent years.

Strawberries – Vitamin C-rich foods such as strawberries help to ward off wrinkles, dryness, fine lines and crow’s feet. This wonderful vitamin also contains skin-smoothing properties thanks to its amazing antioxidant properties. Collagen levels will also be boosted resulting in firmer and younger looking skin.

Coffee – A single cup of coffee each day can help to lower your skin cancer vulnerability. A study published by the European Journal of Cancer Prevention researched 93,000 women. Those who drank one cup of caffeinated coffee each day reduced their risk of developing skin cancer by 10%. The more they drank the lower their risk. Think about that the next time you order your daily latte or cappuccino!

Tomatoes – Tomatoes are rich in lycopene – this carotenoid is what gives tomatoes their rich red appearance and it can also protect skin from sunburn. Whether you choose to eat your tomatoes, use tomato sauce or puree in cooking, or drink tomato juice you will be giving your body a tremendous boost and helping to protect against the effects of sun damage.

Papaya – Papaya is packed full of vitamin C which is known to protect skin cells from UV damage. Whilst you might be applying a good sunscreen (and you should continue to do this) vitamin C will boost your skin’s ability to self-heal and promote healthier more radiant skin. You’ll actually find vitamin C in most beauty products today, but it’s more effective to go straight to the natural and delicious source!

Pink Grapefruit – Pink grapefruit gets its lovely pink colour from the lycopene it contains. It’s this particular carotenoid that helps to keep your skin smooth and looking younger. A study published by the European Journal of Pharmaceutics in 2008 found that those with higher skin concentrations of lycopene had much smoother skin.

Edamame Beans – These wonderful little beans are becoming more and more popular in the UK and were first introduced in Japanese salads or on their own as a snack. These days many supermarkets are selling them making them readily available. Edamame is rich in isoflavones. Isoflavones act much like antioxidants mopping up free radicals caused by sun exposure and helping to keep skin firm and full of collagen.

Supplements – We offer two supplements that are perfect for supplementing your diet and that will keep your skin nourished and in great condition. Our Hair, Skin and Nails formula contains all the natural ingredients required to grow strong nails, keep hair strong and luxurious and help cell generation in your skin keeping it looking youthful and glowing from within. Our Super Antioxidant contains everything required to cancel out those free radicals that plague our daily lives helping with cell renewal throughout the body.

Next time we’ll be taking a look at more foods you can eat for a healthy glowing skin and supplements you can use from our range that will ensure you are getting enough of those fantastic youth-boosting nutrients.