Can You Eat Your Way To A Great Tan?

It’s true, and we’re certainly not complaining☀️

Some of the main ingredients used in tanning products are edible, such as carrot oil and coconut oil (this isn’t to say you can eat our tanning oil, no matter how good it smells). And some of the foods include certain pigments which, when eaten, nuzzle under your skin and give you a glowing, darker colour. By eating foods which will naturally increase your melanin production as well as using tanning oils, you’ll be a bronzed goddess before you can say ‘tan line’.

1. Carotenoids

Carotenoids are a pigment in food responsible for the colouring, including carrots (yep, you guessed it), peppers and tomatoes. They’re an antioxidant which, when eaten, are stored in the fat layer of your skin. And when they reach the top layer they give you a golden glow.

Luckily for you there are *so* many foods that contain carotenoids. Carrots will help you develop a great colour, and so will sweet potatoes. Whilst not having quite as much carotenoids as carrots, they are a great source of vitamin A, which helps increase the amount of melanin your body produces. Apricots have the best of both, high in both vitamin A and carotenoids.

2. Tyrosine

This is an important amino acid which helps in the production of melanin, and it's naturally found in the foods we eat too. Seaweed is the food with the highest amount of tyrosine, but it’s not the most appealing thing to eat. So, we suggest some supplements, which you can find at your local drugstore. Try and get an organic variety rather than a synthetic brand as they will react better in your body.

Soy food also have a lot of Tyrosine, and if you’re not a big fan of this you can get these in supplements too, which you can combine in your smoothies to get the best results. Egg whites are another easy way to get tyrosine into your diet, have some for breakfast every morning and voilà! Glowing skin.

3. Riboflavin

This one works in a very similar way to tyrosine, another great way to speed up that production of melanin in your skin. Eating just a handful of almonds is around 60 per cent of your daily requirement of riboflavin, so it’s super easy to get it into your diet. They’re also super rich in vitamin E, which is again great for the production of melanin.

Fish is another good food to get into your diet, as they’re full of riboflavin and vitamin B2, with only one small fillet of mackerel has around 56% of your daily recommended intake. Easy! Another great and yummy way to get more riboflavin in your diet is with certain dried herbs and spices, such as dried paprika and coriander. Sprinkle a bit of paprika of your eggs on a morning (you won’t regret it) and coriander is always a key ingredient in most curry dishes. No excuses!

Avoid Coffee and Alcohol

This can be a tricky one, especially if coffee is the one thing that gets you through the working week and alcohol is the one way to end it. But both these dehydrate you, and dehydrated skin is no good at producing melanin. You don’t have to cut them out completely, just cut back (maybe switch to tea) and make sure you drink even more water.

Food for Thought

So yes, there are foods you can eat (and a lot more we haven’t even listed) to get that natural glow. So with a few important ingredients and a good tan accelerator by your side, you’ll be looking like a beach babe in no time. But the most important thing to take away is to stay hydrated. Dehydrated skin struggles to produce melanin, so drink your water, eat your carrots, and enjoy the sun, babe.  

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