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This Summer Eat Your Sun Protection

Omega 3 fatty acids from fish, nuts, and seeds reduce inflammation and enhance sun protection, complimenting your skincare routine.

Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to adverse effects such as skin peeling, fine lines, wrinkles, and the serious risk of melanoma.

Due to the increasing concerns about sunscreen safety, many of us are seeking out healthier options.

Incorporating healthy fatty acids into your diet may offer a natural alternative.

Multiple research studies have demonstrated that the intake of omega 3 fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), can provide defense against Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. Meanwhile, the third omega 3, alphalinolenic acid (ALA), has been proven to enhance the skin's resistance to sunburn by averting an inflammatory reaction.

Which fatty fish, nuts, and seeds are the best choices to enhance your sun protection?

  • Salmon

  • Canned Sardines

  • Anchovies

  • Caviar

  • Cod Liver Oil

  • Flaxseed

  • Chia Seed

  • Walnuts

Though most of the benefits from omega-3s come from ingesting these healthy fats in food, they can nourish skin from the outside too. Omega-3s and their sister essential fatty acids, omega-6s, both of which are found in skin, can be equally as effective when applied topically .

Just as when you consume them, rubbing these fatty acids on your skin helps strengthen the barrier.

You won’t find many products advertising “omega-3” or “omega-6” on labels, though, so look for options with natural plant oils rich in these fats, such as flaxseed, safflower, sunflower and olive, which are common in cleansers, body and face lotions, body oils and even lip balm.

In addition make sure to always be cautious of sun exposure during peak hours, and make an effort to wear protective clothing, stay in the shade, and limit prolonged exposure to the sun.


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