At Sundays, we talk a big game about Vitamin D. When you add a touch of sun to your daily routine, you soak it up and have the potential to feel happier and more energetic. It doesn’t mean, though, we’re willing to dismiss the other letters in good health’s alphabet. Not too long ago we posted a video for a delicious, colorful fruit salad recipe on our Facebook page. It received some nice comments from our members, but somebody did wonder why a tanning salon would share a recipe on social media. It’s because food can have an affect on your skin, and if you experience issues keeping up a nice tan a few changes to your daily menu might help.
Remember taking that health class in high school when they talked about things like vitamins and beta carotene? If you forgot, here’s a brief reminder: beta carotene is a skin pigment that helps determine your skin tones. Unlike the other pigment that does this (melanin), it is not genetic – you get beta carotenes in foods that have it. The more you eat specific types of food, the more likely you’ll see a change in your skin. Coupled with a tanning session at Sundays at any of our locations in Hampton Roads, you can maintain gorgeous color through the summer.
So, what’s for lunch? When you think of beta carotene, carrots likely come to mind first. They are versatile, and good to eat on their own or chopped up in salad. You might worry that an excess of carrots in your diet will turn your skin orange, but it’s important to keep a variety of good foods on hand so you’ll look and feel great. The next time you have an urge to snack, try some of these:
Dark, Leafy Greens: Kale and spinach are rich in Vitamin A, which helps in reducing skin cell damage and producing collagen.
Mangos and Papayas: When you’re ready for a change from the same old fruits, these tropical delights have carotenoids that are known to darken skin.
Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash: Like carrots, these foods are high in beta carotene. They also act as anti-inflammatory foods, and work to reduce redness in skin.
In short, colorful foods encourage color in your skin. Be mindful of what you eat and you just might see a change in how you look.
Source: The Daily Meal