Skin expert gives advice to alleviate sun damage

TomatoesEating the right foods can help anyone repair sun-damaged skin, according to a leading Irish skincare expert. Speaking to television channel TV3, Linda Horan said that anyone who has spent a lot of time in the sun while it has been at its strongest can minimise the potential damage to their skin by increasing their intake of vegetables rich in antioxidants and carotenoids. She cites spinach, kale and chard as vegetables which are good sources of the former, while red and orange fruit and vegetables such as oranges, carrots, peppers and tomatoes are packed with the latter, which are thought to help mitigate the effects of sun damage on the skin.Immediate steps which should be taken after prolonged sun exposure include dampening down the skin with a cool flannel, Horan added. In the longer term, she said, chemical peels are effective in removing surface layers of dead skin cells, as well as brown spots which often appear after spending time in the sun.