Foods that boost your skins SPF

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Oct 11, 2014

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With winter approaching your skin will need extra care and protection. Although the sun may seem less harmful, you will still need effective protection from the rays. Here are some foods that will boost your skin's SPF.
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    SPF helps your skin stay safe in the sun. Otherwise, the harmful rays may cause some damage to the skin. Following foods will help boost your skin's natural ability to fight sun damage. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    It is believed that cucumbers are great for skin and they can easily be used to remove dark circles, puffiness and swelling around the eyes. Cucumbers will also help you escape the fury of the ultraviolet rays. Simply slice a cucumber and put the slices over your eyes for around twenty minutes to boost the natural SPF. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Eggs can be applied on face to ward off wrinkles and enhance the skin's natural defense coating against sun. Egg whites can be used in the form of a mask to encourage the skin to become healthier. Image Courtesy : Getty


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    You can also apply a few tablespoonfuls of honey to your skin especially on the face for eight to fifteen minutes to reduce sun damage. The honey has certain properties that will help you moisturize and soothe your skin, thus killing the blemish-causing bacteria. Image Courtesy : Getty


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    Avocado is packed with vitamins and unsaturated fats that work wonders on people who have acne as well as sensitive or dry skin. They also help to slow down the ageing process, making them highly versatile and desirable. Avocado face masks are one of the best masks to boost natural SPF of the skin. Image Courtesy : Getty

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    Papaya is a good source of vitamin A and contains a special enzyme called Papain that breaks down inactive proteins and removes dead skin cells and impurities. Rub papaya peel on your face and let it stay for five minutes to boost your skin’s SPF. Image Courtesy : Getty

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    Turmeric can add colour and taste to food but it can also protect you from the sun. Mix turmeric powder along with cucumber or lemon juice and apply it on the skin. Keep it on for around 15 minutes and then wash it off with normal water. You will have healthier skin with better SPF. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Coffee can work wonders on your skin with its exfoliating properties that boost the skin’s SPF. Mix grounded coffee powder in small quantity with your favorite face wash and you have your own facial scrub. Image Courtesy: Getty


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    Lemon helps to get rid of acne and it also prevents the sun damage. It can be used in face packs or can be directly applied on the face in order to get rid of discoloration. It also offers natural bleaching properties. Image Courtesy: Getty


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    Cinnamon can be used to dry out acne and exfoliate dull, tired skin. To make a facial using cinnamon and some honey, you only need to use cinnamon in very small quantities because it is a very strong spice. Image Courtesy : Getty

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    Gram flour

    Gram flour has been traditionally used in beauty care, mainly to deep cleanse and exfoliate the skin. It can also help the skin fight the sun better. Mix it with yogurt, lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric or mix it with ground almonds with gram flour, milk and lemon juice. Apply it on the face and wash off after 20 to 30 minutes. It helps to remove tan and lightens skin colour. Image Courtesy : Getty

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