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Foods For A Natural Tan


Are you envious of your friends who have the money (and the carelessness!) to lie in tanning beds weekly? Don’t be! A study at Bristol University found that most people prefer the natural glow your skin gets from multiple servings of veggies to that of the tanning bed or spray booth.

For Natural Pigmentation

The Beta-Carotene in green and yellow vegetables as well as leafy vegetables acts as a skin pigment to make your skin appear more tan without ever stepping outdoors. So while your friend steps into the tanning bed, jeopardizing the health of her skin, you can put on your nerdy sun hat, plenty of sunscreen and head to your local farmers market for these tan-inducing fruits and veggies:
Romaine Lettuce
Bell Peppers
Kale
Red Lettuce
Carrots
Spinach
Mustard Greens
Turnips
Pumpkin
Cabbage
Sweet Potatoes
Winter Squash

If you have the time to spend in the sun, there are some foods that promote a natural sun tan.

Just Like The Cosmetics

Melanin is often added to cosmetics that aid tanning. Foods high in Vitamin A amp up your natural production of Melanin. Find it in these:
Beetroot
Broccoli
Peas
Oatmeal
Tomato Juice
Apricots
Peaches
Apples
Lemons

Other Foods that speed up the production of Melanin are those high in Vitamin E. Try these:
Wheat Bran
Hazelnuts
Tomatoes
Asparagus
Mango
Papaya

Headed out for a day at the beach? Have some cottage cheese and eggs for breakfast. These foods, along with others, contain tyrosine and calcium to help you tan faster. Find it in these:
Seaweed
Tofu
Egg whites
Cottage Cheese
Salmon
Turkey
Sesame Seeds
Tahini
Swiss Chard
Brazil Nuts
Papaya
Almonds
Swiss Cheese
Yogurt
Low Fat Milk

While you’re doing your Grocery and bathing suit shopping, keep in mind that certain foods hinder your skins ability to tan. Avoid fried foods or dishes with rich sauce, pickled or cured foods, and coffee.

 

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