Heat wave: not only sunscreen protects us from the sun, also food 

What are the effects of food on the skin? Is there a “typical” diet to prepare your skin for the sun? What to eat after a sunburn? In this period of strong heat and as the summer holidays approach, Charles Brumauld, dietitian and founder of the podcast “Dans la Poire”, takes a look back at the eating habits you should adopt to take care of your skin. meeting.

What are the preferred vegetables for sun exposure?

Foods with a high content of antioxidants and vitamin C, such as kiwifruit, parsley, raw broccoli or even raw peppers… That is why colored vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, suppliers of the famous beta-carotene, a family of antioxidants, peppers, blood oranges, figs , peaches… but also spices such as turmeric, curry, cinnamon, or even green (or white) tea or dark chocolate, provided it is more than 70% cocoa.

What are their effects on the skin?

We have endogenous antioxidant systems. These are substances produced by the body to protect itself from excess free radicals, which can “rust” our cells. When these immune systems are overrun by alcohol, tobacco, stress or an unbalanced diet, it can be beneficial to use foods (and supplements) to support them and contribute to collagen formation.

However, I insist that no food protects against the risk of skin cancer or skin aging such as wrinkles, pimples… It is therefore necessary to respect the basic recommendations, such as not exposing yourself to the hottest hours of the day. clothing, moderate exposure and use sunscreen with a high UVA and UVB protection factor.

Are other foods and drinks preferable before sun exposure?

Nothing, except water. We sweat more, because of the sun and the heat. To compensate for this dehydration, drink 1.5 liters to 2 liters per day, depending on your losses, and regularly eat fruits and vegetables rich in water such as cucumbers, tomatoes, melon, peppers…another way to hydrate yourself. †

Is there a “typical” diet with positive properties for the skin?

There is not really a standard diet with specific positive properties for the skin. A Mediterranean-inspired diet consisting of a predominantly plant-based diet, raw, unprocessed, rich in nutrients and protective micronutrients for the body, may nevertheless be appropriate as it is the most documented type of diet for its health benefits. control, low-grade ignition.

This diet contains sources of high quality vegetable fats such as olives, walnuts, hazelnuts, small fatty fish, antioxidants (a mixture of raw and cooked vegetables), an existing but moderate source of animal protein.

After how long do the effects of food on the skin take effect?

There is currently little data on nutrition. With regard to supplementation, it is estimated that it takes about 10 to 12 weeks for dietary supplements, such as carotenoids or flavonoids, to observe a decrease in susceptibility to solar erythema, sunburn. †

Are certain foods and drinks not recommended for sun exposure? †

All those who promote the phenomenon of glycation, such as crème brûlée, barbecue cooking, scorched bread, ultra-processed foods such as cookies, donuts or industrial pastries. Not to mention alcohol, including wine, which we often forget to count as…alcohol.

However, it’s all about balance, flexibility and common sense. Let’s not get locked into food perfectionism, which is also not recommended!

Is there food to eat after a sunburn?

Foods to “help”, yes, but which are undoubtedly less soothing than biafine or aloe vera! Sunburn is a manifestation of the body’s defense systems being activated to regulate this inflammation. It is therefore necessary to consume anti-inflammatory foods before, such as colored fruits and vegetables, herbs, small oily fish, and to cook gently, such as steam, papillot over low heat, rather than short intensive cooking such as frying. example.

(ETX Daily Up)

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