Naturally Improve Your Complexion In Just 6 Weeks

What if there was a simple way to dramatically improve the tone of your skin without expensive products or time-consuming procedures? Turns out there might be, and you've had access to it all along. Researchers at University of St. Andrews in Scotland say the way to get better skin coloring (that people consider healthy and more attractive) is to simply increase the amount of fruits and veggies that you eat.

Over a six-week period, the researchers followed the fruit and vegetable consumption of 35 people and found that those who added more produce to their diet saw improvements not only in the color of their skin (read: rosier, healthier complexions), but were also perceived as more attractive in a supplemental study. Those who consumed fewer fruits and veggies actually grew paler, according to the report published in the journal PLos ONE.

The keys seems to be red- and yellow-pigmented carotenoids, like beta-carotene and lycopene, which are found in fruits and veggies since they are believed to be the key factors that help boost the look of the skin. While all whole fruits and veggies (skin included) will help improve the complexion, those with high carotenoids pigment include:

Beta-carotene: Yams, spinach, peaches, pumpkin and apricots.

Lycopene: Apricots, watermelons, tomatoes and pink grapefruit.

The US Department of Agriculture's “My Plate” dietary guidelines suggest that each meal should include half a plate of fruits and vegetables. However, only about 30 percent of Americans consume the recommended amounts of fruits and veggies every day.

How does your consumption of fruits and veggies stack up? Share your diet and skin-boosting strategies in the comments below.

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