We think of sun damage as an external matter. In order to protect your skin from sun damage and the brown spots on face that result, you have to wear ample broad spectrum SPF sunscreen and coverup with hats and clothing. While this is certainly one piece of the puzzle, your diet can also do a lot to fight sun damage. Here are some nutrient rich foods that fight sun damage.

Eat Your Sunscreen: 5 Healthy Foods That Fight Sun Damage

1. Tomatoes Tomatoes are nature’s sunscreen, according to a recent study published in the Journal of British Dermatology. Women who ate four tablespoons of tomato paste in olive oil daily were better protected from sunburn and sun damage than those who did not. 2. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are also a major source of skin-protecting beta-carotene, which is evident from their bright orange color.

3. Leafy Greens. The darker the leafy green, the better. It turns out that a diet loaded with ample leafy greens can do a lot to boost your epidermal armor from the sun’s damaging rays. 4. Kiwi Vitamin C fights the free radicals that cause sun damage and aging. Eating a diet high in vitamin C protects your skin from the inside out. Kiwi, strawberries, and citrus fruits are all high in vitamin C. 5. Salmon Salmon is a great source for omega 3 fatty acids that help protect your skin from UV damage and premature aging. Astaxanthin, the carotenoid that gives salmon its pink color is considered the strongest antioxidant for fighting the free radicals that cause your skin sun damage. If you’ve got brown spots on face, age spots, freckles, or sun damage, use sunscreen to protect your skin on the outside and a diet loaded with nutrient dense, skin protecting compounds to protect your skin on the inside.

Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.