Does the shade of your tan depend on the foods you eat? Some would argue that food and eating has nothing to do with tanning your body, but others, including some experts, say the food you eat does in fact help your body to tan. While doctors discourage too much sun exposure, you can boost your tanning potential by eating certain foods. In fact, you may hinder tanning by choosing the wrong food at your next meal.
Mangos and Other Fruits
Mangos are high in vitamin A, which promotes tanning in your skin by attracting the sun's rays to give you a healthy glow. Other fruits that contain vitamin A are peaches and melons. Watermelons, especially, not only offer vitamins but are also full of water, which is important when exposing your body and skin to the sun. The water helps hydrate your skin against the sun's heat. Vitamins B and B6 found in watermelon boost tanning capabilities in your skin.
Carrots and Other Vegtables
Raw carrots, which are high in carotene, offer the best benefit for creating a beautiful tan. The beta carotene in carrots is converted by the body to vitamin A, which arms the skin against sun burn and provides it with nutrients to protect itself. Carotene helps support melanin, which is responsible for the darkening of the skin from sunlight. It is also used in artificial tanning products. Other vegetables, such as peppers, zucchini or tomatoes, can prep the skin for tanning as well.
Eggs are rich in vitamin A, B, D and E which are regenerative and reviving to the body and skin. The yolk of the egg offers other revitalizing ingredients like B6, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which prep the skin for tanning. Add some cheese, particularly white cheese, enriched with calcium to your diet and the tanning potential increases. Calcium-rich foods tend to help you tan faster.
Grilling food can help increase tanning benefits as long as they are prepared correctly. Brushing meat and fish with olive oil, red wine, soy sauce or balsamic vinegar is a tanning booster. The grilling process keeps the meat lean and olive oil contains revitalizing and regenerative properties when rubbed directly on the skin, but the monounsaturated fats can help your skin from the inside by keeping it properly hydated and healthy. When grilling food, stay away from citrus, parsley, chevril and cress, or you may reverse your efforts for tanning the skin.
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