Can your diet affect your ability to get tanned skin? Admittedly, it does sound a bit odd – but it turns out that evidence does support this radical claim. What you eat really does make a difference.
Because doctors still largely recommend that we only subject ourselves to short exposure to the sun, you may wonder if there are other options to increase your ability to get a tan. Have you ever thought about tweaking your diet? There is such a thing as choosing the wrong foods. Your next meal could actually inhibit your attempts at bronzing. In this article, will explore what you should eat if you’re chasing that golden sheen.
Mangos and other fruits
Loaded with vitamin A, mangos allow your skin to tan by attracting the sun’s rays. As a result, you’ll get a healthy glow. Help yourself to peaches and melons, too. They’re great sources of vitamin A. To hydrate and indulge in delicious vitamins, watermelon is wonderful. When you’re spending time in the sun, it’s important to get enough water to help hydrate your skin and defend it against the heat produced by those rays. You’ll also find B vitamins (especially vitamin B6) in watermelon, all of which increase your skin’s ability to tan.
Carotene is a best friend of healthy skin – and it’s easy to access. The common carrot, eaten raw, is packed with carotene and is wildly beneficial if your aim is to get a beautiful tan. Your body converts carrots’ beta carotene into vitamin A and defends the skin from burning. It supplies the nutrients that protect you. Carotene also supports melanin, the pigment that reacts to the sun and deepens the colour of the skin. It’s a common ingredient in tanning products. What else will prepare your skin for the tanning process? Try peppers, courgette or tomato.
Omegas for your megatan
When you’re sun seeking, you want to make sure that you’re eating foods that are rich in vitamins A, B, D, and E. These are the keys to a body that feels regenerated and revived. We’ve already given you tips and tricks for getting your As and Bs. As for vitamin E, wheat germ is an excellent way of increasing your intake. If you sprinkle it a smoothie made of calcium fortified soya or coconut milk, you’ll also be getting a kick of calcium. Calcium rich foods accelerate tanning. Why not add some hemp seeds to a salad or soup? These fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) prepare the skin for a tan. Again, if you accompany your hemp with, for instance, a bit of soya yoghurt, the calcium improves absorption of other vitamins to give you tanned skin.
Get the grill on
To increase the benefits of your tan, take to the grill! Provided they’re cooked properly, grilled foods can be a terrific ally. The magical combination of olive oil with red wine, soy sauce or balsamic vinegar helps strengthen your tan. The grilling process keeps the protein source lean. As for the olive oil (and other monounsaturated fats, for that matter), it has properties that revitalise and regenerate when rubbed directly on the skin. In this way, they work from the inside out to keep you hydrated and healthy. One caveat: when you grill, do stay away from citrus, parsley and watercress. These foods can work against you in your efforts to tan your skin.