During the winter months we often start to feel pasty and white. You may start to crave the look and feel of the sun-kissed skin tone you feel during the summer months. Believe it or not there may be a way to get the look of a truly healthy winter sunless tan simply by eating certain foods.
Which Foods Will Give You That Summer Glow?
There are antioxidant compounds found in red, orange and yellow colored produce that can help give your face and skin a healthy glow. Eating a healthy amount of these types of foods can actually reflect in your skin. Things like red bell peppers, carrots, oranges, squash or yellow peppers can help create a healthier look as well as a number of other benefits.
The carotenoids found in these fruits and vegetables are responsible for making the skin look brighter and healthier. Research has even shown that eating high enough amounts of fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotenoids can provide a warm hue to your complexion that is similar to the glow we often have when we get a light summer tan.
Produce Sunless Tan Versus Traditional Suntan
Some research even suggests that the glow, or sunless tan, achieved from produce may actually look better than a real suntan. People in a study were asked to rate faces containing three different groups, those with a suntan as well as caretenoid pigmentation, those with a real suntan and those with caretenoid pigmentation only. More times than not participants thought the complexion and skin tone of those in the caretenoids only group looked the healthiest and most attractive. Thats a pretty good reason to eat more yellow, orange and red fruits and vegetables.
Healthy Glow Inside And Out
The great news is that by eating these foods to help improve the look of your skin and achieve a sunless tan you will also get a number of other health benefits. There is a great deal of research showing that carotenoids can help improve the functioning of your immune system making your body more resistant to a number of health conditions. You will also be adding a number of other antioxidants to your diet by eating this healthy produce so you will not only look better, but you will likely feel better too.
Our skin can often be an indicator of our internal health so it makes sense that a healthy looking glow created by eating fruits and vegetables may indicate you have a healthy glow on the inside as well.