Would you rather eat your way to a tan than lie in the sun and cook yourself! But can foods really help you tan? Current research definitely seems to suggest so. Tanning increases the melanin production of the skin which gives us the desired warm and bronzed look. But too much sun exposure actually can affect your skin quality by exposing you to premature aging and also to the risk of skin cancer. Tanning beds are even worse! So, we at mySkin decided to look into foods that can actually help you increase your melanin production, increase your tolerance to the sun and help you tan better.
Here are three foods to eat and flaunt a healthy tan:
Try the carrot crunch: If you thought carrots were for your eyes alone, think again! Incorporating carrots, at least five servings of it, will help you tan. A study conducted in Bristol University suggests that eating carrots can help change your skin tone. The reason for this is carotenoids and alpha carotenes, a natural chemical found in carrots. In a trial conducted at the university, it was seen that people who were on a carotenoid rich diet achieved a natural golden glow!
Get the Spinach power: If you want to be strong, eat spinach, says Popeye. But if you want to tan, eat spinach, mySkin says. Spinach contains very high levels of beta carotene as well as lutein. These two minerals are very effective in safeguarding the skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun. A hundred gram serving of spinach gives you almost 5256 units of beta carotene. Beta carotene is a fat soluble carotenoid compound that gives fruits and vegetables their color. These carotenoids are known to protect the skin against aging and cancer. Since absorption of this carotene is very easy it aids melanin production giving your skin that warm look.
Tango with Tomatoes: In a research conducted by the University of Nottingham, it was seen that tomatoes have a good tanning effect on the skin. Tomatoes contain lycopene, selenium and Vitamin E. Selenium and Vitamin E protect the skin from signs of aging such as dark spots and wrinkles while lycopene aids tanning. In fact, lycopene is a key ingredient used in tanning pills which can be used to manipulate your skins color.
Eating to Tanning is definitely the way to go. People prefer the warm glow attained by eating right to the leathery tan effect. So what are you waiting for? Get to your meal planners immediately and start yourself on the tan diet.
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