Summer is in full swing here in Idaho and those pesky UV rays are beating down on us. Actually next week is projected to be in the 100’s all week!

Did you know that sunscreen is not the only thing you can use to help protect yourself from the sun? Some of the foods we eat can help our skin fight the free radicals that cause wrinkles and older looking skin.

Foods high in antioxidants can help your skin protect itself by not letting the free radicals in where they can do damage.

So it is important to not only protect your skin with sunscreen but to constantly replenish your antioxidant intake because your skin’s supply of antioxidants are depleted with sun exposure.


These are the 5 things I would highly recommend to help protect your skin from the inside out.


  1. Eat tomatoes – They are high in the compound lycopene, which accumulates in your skin to delay sunburn.
  2. Eat colorful fruits – Summer fruits, such as apricots, blueberries, cherries, peaches, plums & melons are naturally high in antioxidants, which help block sun damage.
  3. Eat dark chocolate (70% or higher cocoa) – High in UV-blocking flavonols (I really like Ghirardelli’s dark chocolate bars).
  4. Take a high-quality omega supplement – There are protective benefits of omega-3 fats, EPA & DHA, for your skin (I take USANA’s Biomega because it has been double distilled to remove contaminants like mercury).
  5. Drink more water – I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the importance in staying hydrated as well. Our bodies depend on water to regulate temperature, transport nutrients & oxygen to cells, help carry away toxins and so much more!  Not a fan of plain water you can check here for some great ideas on adding some flavor.  My current favorite thing to add to my water is lemon, cucumber & mint (let me tell you that mint makes the water, don’t skip it!)

Wishing you fun in the sun!