Getting a fabulous tan this year may be healthier than you think. Instead of booking a trip to the Caribbean, try heading out the local grocery store and stocking up on carrots, sweet potatoes and mangoes. Doctors have encouraged improving our diets for years but with great skin as an added bonus, who can resist?

So what is research telling us now? Studies are showing that people who eat more fruits and veggies (rich in carotenoids) have healthier looking skin. Carotenoids are vital in reproduction and immune responses. They are commonly found in red and yellow vegetables such as red or yellow peppers, spinach, apricots and melons. As an added incentive, these fruits and veggies are rich in antioxidants which offer protection against the damaging effects of the sun.
Your skin looks its best when it is healthy and working properly. This means that skin cell production is nourished by nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants. When new skin cells develop, they are affected by the diet we maintain. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits will increase the carotenoids in our bodies and give the skin a healthier more yellow or golden tone.
Interestingly enough, when participants in these studies were asked to choose which skin looked better, tanned or cartenoid rich, participants consistently chose those with lovely tans from their veggies and not the suns rays.
So here is a great reason to listen to your doctor and protect your skin from the sun this year. If you are still craving that “sun glow” and veggies just aren’t enough, try a sunless tanner to get all the benefits without any of the UV damage.
Happy tannins (and eating)!

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