These foods are high in powerful antioxidants that protect your skin from sun damage and keep it hydrated all day long. Want to know how to have a beautiful skin during the summer? Enjoy these 9 foods that help to combat overall aging and sunburn.

1. Leafy greens

Leafy greens are perfect for summer salads, but did you know that eating them daily during the hot summer days helps to prevent sunburn and premature aging? Leafy greens are high in Vitamin A that protects the skin from harmful free radicals, prevents dryness and irritation, and fights acne. Leafy greens help to keep your skin hydrated, too, though it doesn’t mean that you can skip those 8 glasses of plain water. If you want to have a fresh, soft and wrinkle-free skin, munch on leafy greens at least twice a day.

2. Blackberries

When it comes to blueberries and blackberries, people usually pick the first ones. Maybe it’s because blueberries are a bit more delicious or simply more popular than blackberries. In fact, blackberries contain more of anthocynanins and flavonols (two incredibly powerful antioxidants) than blueberries. These two antioxidants help to prevent arterial damage and protect your skin from the the sun’s damaging rays. Blackberries boast a fantastic taste and can be used in pies, yogurts, smoothies, fruit salads and any dessert you and your family love. Having them fresh as a snack is a great way to look and feel great.

3. Rooibos tea

Rooibos tea contains no sugar and no caffeine. It’s a healthy alternative to black tea and coffee that can boost your energy levels in a jiffy. Antioxidants found in rooibos tea help to prevent sunburn and premature aging, lower arterial damage and reduce the risk of heart disease. Since this tea is super sweet, it can combat sugar cravings and help you drop weight.

4. Tomato

Tomatoes contain Vitamin C and lycopene that help to prevent wrinkles. They are also high in water, which means eating a few tomatoes in the morning and during the day helps to keep your skin hydrated and healthy and fight sunburn. Tomatoes are high in vitamins, low in sugar and very versatile. If you are prone to acne during the summer months, tomatoes are your best friends, as studies show that they help to banish acne. Tomatoes can be used in any dish you like, but it’s best to eat them raw to reap all their benefits.

5. Iced green tea

This refreshing summer drink is not only yummy but healthy as well. Green tea is considered to be a superfood as it contains an antioxidant, EGCG, that helps to prevent and fight certain cancers, including skin cancer. It also protects your skin from sun damage, prevents sunburn, and reduce wrinkles. Many famous women drink green tea all year long to stay young and healthy and live a longer life. Green tea is also the perfect drink for dieters.

6. Strawberries

Berries are all good sources of potent antioxidants and essential vitamins, but strawberries are one of the best ones. Strawberries are chock-full of vitamin C that acts as a natural sunblock and helps to prevent sagging, sun-related wrinkles and sunburn. Strawberries have many more health benefits so why not enjoy some strawberry smoothie, salad or pie right now? Tasty and healthy!

7. Red bell pepper

I’m a huge red bell pepper fan and I try to use it in almost every meal I cook, and eat them raw every time I have sugar cravings. I knew that red bell pepper should be eaten to fight acne, but it turned out that this vegetable can help to prevent premature aging and reduce sunburn. Red bell pepper has more than 333% of your daily Vitamin C needs. It’s versatile and delicious. You can snack on some slices of pepper while you are on the beach or you have a small family picnic. Grilled red bell peppers make a healthy, crunchy summer snack the whole family will enjoy.

8. Broccoli

Yup, broccoli is among the best foods that fight aging and sunburn. Whether you eat it cooked or raw, you reap all its powerful anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. Broccoli is fortified with many essential vitamins, including vitamin A and vitamin C. When eaten in summer, broccoli helps to prevent sun-related wrinkles and sunburn. If you don’t eat this amazing vegetable at all, give it a try. You may not like its taste, but you will definitely enjoy its fantastic benefits.

9. Cucumbers

Cukes have 94% water content. They help to keep your skin nourished and hydrated, and prevent wrinkles. Eating cucumbers during the hot season helps to relieve and prevent sunburn as well. Add some slices to your water, green smoothie or salad to improve collagen formation. Chilled cucumber soup is a great way to beat the heat and reduce skin damage at the same time. Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin C and fiber and have an incredible anti-cancer properties.

Looking fabulous all summer long is easy when you eat the right food. Consider including these foods to your meal plan to fight premature aging and sunburn. Don’t forget to stay hydrated, use sunscreen regularly, and avoid staying in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. Skin cancer is as dangerous as any other type of cancer. What foods do you eat during the summer season?