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Natural foods that tan your skin

Is there really a way to give yourself a tan without spending loads of time under the sun or bed tanners? The answer is yes - by eating natural foods that contribute to skin pigmentation.

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Top on the list are carrots rich in carotenoid that improves skin colour. No, you will not turn orange, but carrots contain carotene which is a very powerful antioxidant.

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Red cabbage can also improve the tone of your skin and contributes to getting a natural tan.

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Red cabbage can also improve the tone of your skin and contributes to getting a natural tan.

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Like carrots, tomatoes are vegetables rich in carotenoid. They help improve the skin colour giving it a healthier glow and appearance.

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Cantaloupes are also rich in carotene and are good for the health in addition to helping you get that natural tan.

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Kiwi, as most of you probably know, is a powerful antioxidant and very rich in vitamins C and K.

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Kiwi, as most of you probably know, is a powerful antioxidant and very rich in vitamins C and K.

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Bell peppers are other vegetables that can improve your tan. These colourful veggies are excellent sources of vitamins A, C, folic acid and potassium.

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Colourful fruits are also excellent sources of carotene and are potent antioxidants. Thus, not only do you get a natural skin glow but also protection against toxins that might be present in your body.

A 2011 study undertaken by Dr. Stephen in the University of Nottingham involving students who consumed beta-carotene rich diets for months indicated that the diet helped increased skin pigmentation.

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In essence, eating a good portion of fruits and vegetables everyday can result to improved skin pigmentation.

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You can also include fish in your tan diet. Get your carotenoids from the good fats such as salmon, shrimp and crab.

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Note that eating excessive amounts of fruits and vegetables rich in carotene can also lead to a skin disorder (carotenemia). Your skin will turn yellow and this might be mistaken for jaundice. The good news is this is a reversible condition once you stop eating carotene-rich foods.

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Note that eating excessive amounts of fruits and vegetables rich in carotene can also lead to a skin disorder (carotenemia). Your skin will turn yellow and this might be mistaken for jaundice. The good news is this is a reversible condition once you stop eating carotene-rich foods.

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