These foods will help you get that summer tan, naturally

Publish Date
Friday, 11 January 2019, 1:15PM

Everyone knows that certain foods help your hair and nails grow, but what about helping your skin when it comes to that natural glowing tan?

Well, according to Dr. Susan Stuart, a board-certified dermatologist in San Diego, eating lots of fruits and vegetables that are yellow or orange in colour can give you a natural tan.

"Skin superfoods" such as carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe have a very potent antioxidant called carotene. When you eat multiple servings of this fresh produce, it warms up your natural skin tone.

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When carrots are consumed regularly (and in moderation), the skin adapts a more natural and healthy-looking hue.

Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe and apricots:

Like carrots, these carotenoid-rich fruits and veggies improve your skin’s colour while providing other health benefits.

Spinach and kale:

These dark, leafy greens should definitely be a staple in your diet, as well as broccoli, as they are the secret to glowing skin.

Olive Oil:

Probably the most surprising, although olive oil doesn’t contain any carotenoids, antioxidants and omega-3s, it will give your skin a moisture boost for a healthier appearance.

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