Temperatures are soaring, so it’s time to strengthen your summer skin shield by building up your defences on the inside as well as the outside. With the right nutrition and the right skincare products, you can protect yourself from sun damage and its harmful effects.

With super-sun fighting superpowers, some foods can boost your protection against the sun. Research has shown the foods that contain carotenoids have antioxidant properties that protect the body from free radicals. They can be found in foods such as: tomatoes, watermelon, apricots, carrots, peppers and butternut squash.

Some foods such as carrots are even said to not only prevent sun damage, but also reverse it. The antioxidants both protect and repair the cells from the photo ageing process. As a general rule of thumb, the darker the shade of vegetable is, the more antioxidants it will contain, and the more valuable the antioxidants are. Any antioxidants are able to help prevent and reverse damaged caused by exposure to harmful uv rays, whether they are applied topically or orally. Eating foods rich in antioxidants will look after your skin on the inside, whilst a UV mineral filter will protect the skin on the outside.

Nutrition Essentials

Found in foods like tomatoes and watermelon, lycopene will decrease your chances of burning. Decreasing your chances of burning will also decrease your chances of premature ageing and skin cancer.


Found in foods such as sweet potatoes, squash and carrots. These foods will help to protect the skin against skin cancer.

Vitamin C:
A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C is able to help block the development of cancer cells. As your body is exposed to sunlight, your body produces free radicals which harm the skin. Fruits rich in Vitamin C such as kiwi, orange and strawberry. In addition, you can get your dose of Vitamin C through applying the 111SKIN Space Antioxidant Booster.