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The effects of light-sensitive foods on the skin

Mar 18,2022 | HISEEK PRETTY

Many photosensitive substances do exist in nature and they are good at absorbing long-wave ultraviolet light from sunlight, i.e. they are "sensitive" to sunlight. Some foods also contain photosensitizing substances and are often referred to as 'photographic foods'.
Photographic food is the English name for food that is rich in metals such as copper, which directly or indirectly increases the amount and activity of substances associated with melanin production, making the skin more susceptible to UV damage and darkening or spotting.
Studies have found that UV rays from the sun stimulate the skin to produce large amounts of oxidative free radicals, which can damage skin cell tissues and accelerate the oxidation of melanin production, making the skin dull, rough, and inelastic, as well as making the skin less resistant.
Photoreceptor foods contain photoreceptors, which make the skin more susceptible to allergies, inflammation, and pigmentation after exposure to UV rays.

List of photosensitive foods.
Lemons, carrots, papaya, celery, lettuce, potatoes, parsley, amaranth, greens, oranges, purslane, snails, spinach, figs, nigella, leeks, red beans, sweet potatoes, potatoes, bok choy, leeks, celery, parsley, white radish, and beans are some of the vegetables that make blemished skin more prone to pigmentation.
You can eat more fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, kiwis, oranges, cabbage, and strawberries, which all have some protection from the sun. Sweet and sour strawberries are rich in vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and dietary fiber, which not only help with digestion and laxative effects but also whiten the skin. In addition, strawberries are slowly becoming known for their sun and radiation protection properties. So after a meal, you can have strawberries as your after-dinner fruit, but not papaya, mandarin oranges, or mangoes, as they are rich in B-carotene and can cause hyperpigmentation if eaten in excess.
It is important to note that the less fresh and unhealthy (insect-infested) the celery, the higher the level of photosensitizing substances. Also, the skin is more sensitive to contact than to eating, and if you get these photosensitive substances on your skin and are exposed to the sun at the same time, you will be at risk of sunburn. Unlike transparent plastic, human skin does not transmit light and reacts chemically with ease, so simply eating "light-sensitive foods" and absorbing photosensitive substances will not affect you too much and you need not worry too much.

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