Yes. The amount of beta carotene obtained from 1 /2 cup of cooked carrots and the lycopene in 1 cup of watermelon reduces the redness and skin inflammation of sunburn, which is a sign of accelerated aging and cancer of the skin. Beta carotene accumulates in the skin providing 24-hour protection against sun damage. The more carotene-rich produce you eat, the more skin protection you get. (Caution: Eating too many carotene-rich foods can turn skin yellowish, but don’t worry, this fades when you cut back on carrots and doesn’t show up at all with a light tan.) Lycopene-rich foods don’t tint the skin, and do lower risk for not only skin cancer, but premature wrinkling and aging, too.
What to Do? Include several deep-orange or green produce, including carrots, chard, collards, canned pumpkin, spinach, acorn squash, and mango, in the daily menu. Aim for 10 milligrams of lycopene a day in watermelon, canned tomatoes and tomato paste.