I have a love/hate relationship with the sun. Skin cancer runs in my family, and I know it’s important that I stay out of the sun and use sun block every single day. And for the most part, I do. All of my makeup and skin care includes SPF, but sometimes my resemblance to Casper has me running to the beach, sans sunscreen. While most people think the best way to improve their skin color is by sun tanning, a recent study shows that eating lots of fruits and vegetables is actually more efficient.
According to new research, people who eat larger portions of fruit and veggies a day have a more golden hue to their skin tone due to consuming more carotenoids. Responsible for the red coloring in fruits and vegetables like carrots and tomatoes, carotenoids are antioxidants that assist in soaking up damaging compounds produced by everyday stress, especially while the body is fighting disease.
Interestingly enough, the study also found that given the choice between skin color caused by sun tan and skin color caused by carotenoids, people preferred the carotenoid skin color. So it looks like if you want a healthier and more attractive skin color, you are better off turning to fruits and veggies than UV rays
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