Imagine if your skin could radiate a beautiful glow, without the need for layer upon layer of self-tanner, a daily dusting of bronzer or hours spent laying in the sun. Just sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?
This time, the truth is in the old saying, 'You are what you eat."
It just so happens that the safest (and most nutritious) way to get golden this summer is to boost your intake of fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids, especially cantaloupe, apricots, carrots, peppers and spinach. Carotenoids are natural pigments that carry a high antioxidant value. Beta carotene, found in the aforenamed fruits and veggies, is an antioxidant carotenoid that also converts to vitamin A, one of the most important vitamins for skin health!
As for the effect on skin, a diet packed with beta carotene-rich fruits and veggies can make a noticeable change in your skin tone and color in about a month. And the result is an even healthier glow than you'd get from risky prolonged sun exposure. "We found people always preferred the golden effect from diet to the darker effect from the sun," said Bristol University experimental psychologist Ian Stephen, who worked on the study of carotenoids and skin, partially funded by the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
It appears to me that the carotenoids in fresh fruits and veggies are doing double duty to improve the health and vibrancy of your skin, as well as its color- and these combined effects are making skin absolutely radiant! Try it and you may swear off tanning forever, in light of your new, natural glow!