Wouldn’t it be great if there was a better way to get a healthy looking glow without having to lie on a sun bed or in the sun for hours at a time. Well perhaps there is a way so read on.
This study was done at Nottingham University , which found that if you eat a diet which is high in fresh fruit and vegetables it gives your skin a healthy glow.
Dr Ian Stephen, who headed the research, had this to say.
“Most people think the best way to improve skin colour is to get a suntan, but our research shows that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is actually more effective”.
Dr Stephen found that the participants whom he monitored and ate a lot fresh produce their skin had a healthy glow about it similar to a suntan. The reason for this is a substance called carotenoids.
Carotenoids soak up free radicals/antioxidants within the body thus preventing cell damage. We tend to need a lot of these in order to keep our immune system’s functioning properly.
They give foods their rich, colour and are present in foods like carrots and tomatoes. Dr Stephen was quoted as saying that people preferred to have the carotenoid glow rather than a suntan.
Dr Stephen: “We found that, given the choice between skin colour caused by suntan and skin colour caused by carotenoids, people preferred the carotenoid skin colour, so if you want a healthier and more attractive skin colour, you are better off eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables than lying in the sun.”
If you look at the image below you can see the effects of it.
Image credit from the University of Nottingham
The picture in the centre of the woman is her natural colour,
And just to make this a bit more fun and interesting can you tell which one is which? One of the pictures is her with a suntan, and the other one is her after eating foods with plenty of carotenoids in can you tell, which is which?
It would be interesting to know which you think is which, I look forward to hearing your responses. Once I get a few people asking then I will reveal the answer in the comment’s section.