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10 Foods That Fight Sunburn

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10 Foods That Fight Sunburn

After a long and brutal winter, there's no better feeling than soaking in the summer sun. However, spending a lot of time in the sun without sunscreen can lead to painful sunburn, premature skin aging, and skin cancer. 

Despite these potential risks, many people still find themselves outside without protecting their skin or by simply forgetting to re-apply. If you're one of the unfortunate ones who caught a sunburn, there are surprising ways to fix it. These 10 foods will help ease the pain of a sunburn and help your skin heal faster.

1. Potatoes

Potatoes are great at protecting themselves from sunburn: their skin often turns green the way ours darkens in order to prevent damage. Potatoes are also excellent at protecting us from sunburn as well. Because they are high in starch, eating a potato will help soothe the burn. You can also slice the potato and rub it directly on the effected area.

2. Oatmeal

It's a great way to start your day, and also a great way to recover after a long one. Eating it won't do much to heal your skin, but grinding it up and putting it into a bath will help soothe your sunburn. You can also sprinkle some onto a gauze and run it under cold water, applying the compress to the burn every two to four hours.

3. Green Tea

Green tea has already proven to be incredibly beneficial to your body. Drinking green tea twice a day will not only boost your metabolism and ease bloating, but also protect you against the sun's radiation. You can also use soaked green tea bags to soothe sunburn on your face and eyes.

4. Pomegranate

Pomegranates are chock full of antioxidants, which are helpful in combatting free radicals and preventing skin aging. The eelagic acid in pomegranates also helps protect skin from UVA and UVB sun rays.

5. Strawberries

Strawberries are a popular summertime snack, but can also be used as a sunburn relief ointment. Mash up some strawberries and rub them on your burnt skin for instant relief. Don't leave it on too long, though, unless you want to be sticky all day long.

6. Cucumbers

Cucumbers can also provide immediate sunburn relief, and may even be able to prevent sunburn in the first place. Peel, slice, and squeeze the juice from the cucumber and mix it with rosewater and glycerin for homemade sunscreen.

7. Guavas

Guavas are full of vitamin C, a nutrient known for protecting skin. Eating guavas along with other fruits rich in vitamin C will protect your skin all summer long.

8. Tomatoes

The lycopene found in tomatoes helps to combat skin damage. According to a study, people who ingested 5 tablespoons of tomato paste daily for 3 months experienced 25% more natural protection from the sun.

9. Aloe

Many people use aloe vera lotion to ease their sunburn pains. You can also use the juices directly from the aloe plant for immediate relief, or mix some into a smoothie.

10. Lettuce

Lettuce is rich in water and other pain-relief properties that can help you forget all about that nasty burn. Boil lettuce leaves in water to extract some of the nutrients, then let the water cool in the refrigerator for a few hours. Use cotton balls to apply the lettuce water to your skin.

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