With warmer weather (woohoo!) comes even more chances to spend time outdoors.And while wearing sun protection every day is a definite "do," no matterwhattime of year it is—one person dies every 57 minutes of melanoma—it's kind of neat to know that you can get some additional artillery against the sun's harmful effects through certain kinds of foods you eat too.
__Tomatoes:__They're filled with lycopene,an effective antioxidant thatresearch has showncan help provide an additional layer of sun protection.And it's not just fresh tomatoes either—tomato sauce,paste,soup,and other tomato-based products actually contain concentrated amounts of lycopene.
Cherries:The tasty little globes are bursting with vitamin C,which can stimulate your skin's collagen production and help reduce the free-radical damage that can be caused by UV radiation.
Broccoli:The veggie (and its relatives,such as cauliflower and kale) are packed with antioxidants,which also help fight UV damage.Broccoli contains sulforaphane,a compound that's linked to helping boost your skin's ability to protect itself from cancer.
Dark chocolate: Studies have foundthat cocoa high in flavonoids may give your skin added protection against the sun's UV rays.
Eating these aren't an excuse to skip the sunscreen,of course—but it couldn't hurt eating them either!What do you think?