We all know that fueling our bodies with the right foods will keep our skin looking great and our overall health in check, but did we ever think that eating certain things would help us get that beautiful summer glow we all look for? Maybe not, but it’s true. The trick is in eating foods that contain high amounts of a little something called Beta-Carotene. “Beta-carotene? What in the world is that?” you might ask. OK, let’s talk a little science first.
Beta-carotene is your friend
Surely you’ve noticed the beautiful rich colors present in carrots or plums, and others fruits and vegetables. Well, Beta-Carotene is the red/orange/yellow pigment responsible for those colors. The body transforms Beta-Carotene into Vitamin A, which is an essential vitamin and an antioxidant. Vitamin A is great for a variety of things including skin and eye health. Now, you may be wondering how including this substance in your diet will better your tan. As a matter of fact, it is said to improve your skin’s color because when you consume it regularly, according to Shape magazine, “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.”
So, what should you eat?
Here’s a list of some fruits and vegetables that will help you get that gorgeous glow:
Sweet Potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, and pumpkin
These have great pigment-enhancing abilities – just in time for fall!
Kale, spinach, and romaine lettuce
Yes, they’re green, not red, but that’s OK. Dark, leafy greens contain high amounts of beta-carotene and will also promote a beautiful tan, plus they’re packed with so many other nutrients that are beneficial to your health.
Lemons and eggs
Good sources of Vitamin A, which increases melanin within the body, and melanin is the pigment that gives color to the skin. You get where we’re going with this.
Other foods like tomatoes, cantaloupe, apricots, plums, grapefruit, and mangoes are all delicious and will also help improve your skin’s color.
So, there you have it. Give these a try! You’ll be doing your body a favor just by including healthy amounts of fruits and vegetables in your diet, but you might want to get the extra benefits while you’re at it and have your skin be summer-ready all year long.