It’s the time of year to show your flat tanned belly under the sun, walking on the beach…
But there’s no point spending hours in the sun if your body does not have the right nutrients to stimulate tanning of skin cells.
A month of good nutrition full of beta-carotene can be enough to achieve this “longed for” lasting tan.
A diet rich in beta-carotene accelerates the tanning process because it has photo-protective action that maintains the luscious color.
Fruits and vegetables that are orange, yellow, and red are rich in beta carotene, which helps in the formation of melanin, the pigment in the skin that promotes a proper tan. Foods that fall within this category are melon, papaya, bell peppers, peach, apricot, pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, and mango. Dark green vegetables like broccoli, spinach and cabbage give a great color as well!
It’s always good to consume these foods in moderation, but beware of overconsumption. If you find that the palms of your hands, your forehead and/or back have a yellowish color, just decrease the consumption.
Also water loss from the body is much greater in summer; to keep your skin moisturized during the tanning process drink plenty of water and low sugar fluids.
And don’t forget to use sun block to protect your skin!
TIP: A glass a day of one carrot with half a beet blended with orange juice is excellent for the tanning process. It also fortifies your blood and provides you with energy!
Brazilian-Lebanese Dietitian – Nutritionnist
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