It happens every year – as the seasons change from summer into fall and winter, you end up spending less and less time in the sun, resulting your once tanned and glowing skin losing its luster. But what if you could have beautiful glowing skin year round?
Here’s the secret: maintaining a beautiful skin tone throughout the seasons actually has little to do with the sun and much more to do with the food you eat on a regular basis!
Say what? But you thought the only way to appear tan was from spending countless hours under the sun’s damaging rays? Think again. While getting some sun exposure is beneficial for getting enough vitamin D, spending countless hours in the sun can be damaging, especially if you have fair skin.
But here’s the good news. It turns out that the carotenoid levels in your blood that come from eating particular foods, rather than the increased melanin that comes from tanning, is what makes your skin tone more appealing, irrespective of your natural skin color, according to a study conducted in 2011.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Stephen noted “We found that, given the choice between skin color caused by suntan and skin color caused by carotenoids…people preferred the carotenoid skin color, so if you want a healthier and more attractive skin color, you are better off eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables than lying in the sun.”
So how do we get these high levels of carotenoids circulating through our bloodstream? A diet rich in high amounts of nutrient-dense plant foods. The more you eat of these foods on a regular basis, the more glowing and beautiful your skin will be! Here are the 9 most important foods to eat to achieve that coveted “golden glow”:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Dark Leafy Greens – ie kale, collard greens, and chard
Eating plenty of these foods will ensure a healthy glowing complexion even during the darkest, coldest days of winter!