Am I the only one who would live in an eternal summer? The sun, the heat, the beach... My ideal setting! However, it may be that my skin welcomes the arrival of winter. Rain, humidity, lower temperatures... But, what will happen from now on with the perfect tan that I had achieved during the summer?
With how hard it is for me to get a tan and how fast it goes when I finally get it! Does it happen to you too? Well stay in the article, because I'm going to show you the foods you should eat to prolong the tan you've gotten this summer.
Perhaps you have never heard this fact, but indeed, there are foods that enhance the tanning of our skin : " tanning foods ". Although it may seem like a myth, these foods not only help us get tanned and maintain our tan , but they also protect our skin from solar radiation . But why this?
How do tanning foods work?
There are many foods that we consume in our day to day and that are helping us without realizing it to keep our skin brown for longer. This is due to the large amount of vitamins they contain, which stimulate our melanin production and protect our collagen levels .
Melanin is the dark pigment found in some cells of our skin that helps us protect the skin from UVA rays and prevent our epidermis from burning when exposed to the Sun. In this way, we prevent the cell nuclei of our skin from being damaged when sunbathing.
Collagen , on the other hand, keeps our skin hydrated and protected against different external factors (among which is the Sun , among many others such as pollution and cold ).
What should food have to prolong the tan?
It is important that the food we eat is rich in certain vitamins and antioxidants so that they can help us extend our tan for as long as possible. Here are the most important vitamins that you should take into account when it comes to being tanned and the foods that contain them, so that you can create a new diet based on them:
Vitamin B: this vitamin improves the epidermal moisture retention capacity, keeping our skin well hydrated . In addition, it maintains the elasticity of the skin , protecting collagen . Foods like pasta and whole grains are rich in this type of vitamin. So keep them in mind from now on!
Betacarotene: this provitamin is converted into vitamin A in our body thanks to the liver . Thanks to it and its antioxidant function , it generates a response to different external aggressions (such as excess sun or tobacco, for example). In addition, it also favors the essential production of melatonin in our cells. Foods such as carrots and brightly colored fruits and vegetables ( pumpkin, tomato, plum, apricots, peaches, watermelon …) contain a high level of beta-carotene. What are you waiting for to add these foods to your diet?
Vitamin C: ascorbic acid (commonly known as vitamin C) is essential in our body for its antioxidant function . This type of vitamin helps us to repair the tissues of our body that are damaged . We can find this vitamin in citrus fruits (such as oranges , tangerines , or grapefruit , for example) and in other fruits and vegetables, including peppers , kiwi , broccoli , strawberries , melon , and tomatoes . , for example. What a variety of foods!, right?
Vitamin E: Vitamin E traps free radicals in our skin that damage our cells in the epidermis . Try eating cereals , nuts and legumes to have more of this type of vitamin in your body. Lutein: Lutein is a natural antioxidant that our body generates and that prevents premature aging of the skin . Furthermore, it not only protects the epidermis from the Sun's ultraviolet rays , but also protects our eyes from UVA rays and blue light . How about trying to eat egg yolk , spinach , pumpkin , zucchini or corn to increase lutein levels in your body?
Omega 3 fatty acids: these types of acids help our skin 's tan last longer, as well as strengthening and smoothing its surface . It is also beneficial when it comes to repairing the natural protective barrier of our cells. Cook with vegetable oils ( olive oil , for example) and eat oily fish and nuts for adequate consumption of fatty acids.
What foods are you going to add to your daily diet from now on? These foods have surprised me favorably, I already ate almost all of them since I started taking care of myself a long time ago! Also, keep in mind that you must keep your entire body hydrated , so you should drink at least 1.5 liters of water a day . However, if you want to give your face extra hydration, we recommend the Revitalizing Moisturizer from our website. You're going to love it!