Top 12 Skin Superfoods, for a Sunless Tan

You’d love a tanned look but do not want to go out in the sun. You’ve heard of the sun’s damaging rays, but don’t want to miss out on that sun-kissed glow. What we eat and not just how much we eat appears to be important for a healthy appearance. Making a simple trip to the produce section of your supermarket especially to the fruits and vegetable section can change your complexion drastically.

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If you want a rosy glow, munch on an apple or nibble a carrot. For the secret to a golden, healthy complexion doesn’t lie in sunbeds, sprays or sunbathing – but in eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg. It takes just one month for the benefits of a diet rich in certain fruits, to enhance the colour of pale skin, scientists say. Good skin food like fresh produce is packed with antioxidant compounds known as carotenoids (beta-carotene in spinach, alpha-carotene in carrots, and lycopene in tomatoes). Not only do these plant chemicals keep your eyesight sharp, your immune system strong and protect against some kinds of cancer, they also help your skin look tan.

The Top 12 Skin Superfoods for a Sunless Tan are:

Carrots

Tomatoes

Apricots

Canteloupe melon

Plums

Peaches

Peppers

Grapefruit

Chinese Cabbage

Romaine Lettuce

Kale

Spinach

When you eat a lot of carotenoid-rich produce, many of those excess carotenoids are stored in the fat just beneath your skin, where their pigments peek through and give you a healthy glow that mimics a tan. In addition, they prevent wrinkles by crushing free radicals that damage your skin after you’ve spent too much time in the sun (If you must go out in the sun, make sure you use sufficient sunblock, and catch the morning sun – much less damaging than the noon till 4pm sun).

Eating carotenoid-rich produce can give you the color you crave without the wrinkles. Though not as dark as a deep golden tan, it should leave you skin less dehydrated and sporting a nice glow in no time!

 

 

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