The summer sun has been burning hot, causing people to rush to the store to purchase sunscreen. When people think of sun screen and sun protection, most people picture a tube of white gooey stuff that you rub all over your face, shoulders, arms, chest, and back. Yet the best sun protection comes from the inside out.
Watermelon is a lycopene-rich food and offers natural sun protection. See here: “Consumption of watermelon juice increases plasma concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene in humans.”
Several studies have shown that people who eat diets high in lycopene-rich foods have lower risk of sun cancer. See here: “Lycopene-rich products and dietary photoprotection.” What’s more, people who consume a diet high in lycopene experience less severe sun burns – and often they suffer no sun sunburns at all.
As watermelon is in season, it’s time to juice watermelons.
Juicing watermelons could not be simpler. All you need to do is chop up a watermelon, throw it into a blender, and blend until smooth.
A watermelon is over 90% water by concentration, so use as many cups of watermelon as you want juice. In other words, one cup (or 8 ounces) of watermelon is going to yield one cup (8 ounces) of juice.
Yesterday I drank a large glass (16 ounces) of watermelon juice before hanging out on a rooftop deck. Although I was in the sun for several hours and have fair skin, I was only slightly pink afterwards. I drank another 16 ounces of juice when I got home and woke up without a sunburn.
The beta-carotene in carrots also offer sun protection. Carrots are a natural sunscreen.
Watermelon Carrot Juice
- Juice carrots in your juicer of choice;
- (Don’t have a juicer? Find out: What is the best juicer?)
- Blend the watermelon into watermelon juice;
- Combine the carrot juice and watermelon juice into a glass and enjoy.
Don’t let too much sun lead to “summertime sadness.” Drink lycopene-rich watermelon juice to protect your skin from sun damage.
Read more: Just Carrot Juice.