Five tips to get your skin sun-kissed and maintain your tan this summer
Everybody wants a young, elastic and tanned skin and there is absolutely no need to break the bank whilst purchasing the latest and most promising cream and lotion mix. Eating well is enough if you choose skin-friendly food, which stimulates your melanin, your collagen production and helps your skin stay toned and hydrated. Basically you need lycopene, Omega 3, beta-carotene, Vitamin C and proteins. But where can you find them? Here’s a list of foods that will boost your tan and give you that sense of enviable skin.
RED FRUITS AND VEG: tomatoes, watermelons, peppers
Red fruits and vegetables contain lycopene. It is an excellent anti-oxidant and it is typical of red fruits and vegetables in general, just like tomatoes, watermelons, papayas and red peppers. Remember: lycopene is useful to prevent cancer and heart diseases. It acts like a protective screen, fighting all damages brought to the sun to your skin whilst augmenting your collagen’s levels. It also neutralizes free radicals that are produced when you excessively expose yourself to the sun.
OMEGA-3 RICH FOOD: salmon, mackerel, anchovies.
Omega-3 is what is defined as a “good fat”. Fish is particularly rich in it, especially when it comes from unsalted water or cold seas. A typical example is salmon, but also anchovies, mackerel or sardines: they are all helpful to keep your skin healthy.
The reason why Omega-3 protects your skin from the sun is scientific: it screens it from all the inflammations coming from rays and it also helps the reaction the body generally has against UV-rays. It also helps maintain your skin hydrated if it is consumed in the form of “fish oil” by preventing wrinkles and slowing down your ageing process.
ORANGE AND DARK GREEN FRUITS AND VEG: carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes
This is another one for colours: orange and dark green fruits and vegetables, just like carrots, spinach, papaya or sweet potatoes, are rich in beta-carotene, which is a nutritious substance that the body converts into Vitamin A. It prevents ageing b acting as an anti-oxidant and it provides the skin with a natural glow, which makes you look radiant and healthy.
VITAMIN C RICH FOOD: kiwi, strawberry, papaya
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin which is useful in maintaining body tissues healthy and acts as an anti-oxidant as well. You can find it in a series of fruits such as kiwi, strawberry, papaya, orange, or vegetables such as broccolis or spinach. Fundamentally your body needs Vitamin C on a daily dosage and you can see it in the tone, young and hydrated skin of those who consume it every day. This advantage is partly given by its anti-oxidant properties which help protecting the skin by UV-rays and support the production of collagen.
PROTEIN-RICH FOOD: Eggs, Sardines, Lamb
This is an interesting one: proteins contain amino acids, which in turn are useful to create collagen in your body. The latter gives a structure to skin tissues and the reason why wrinkles come with age is basically that collagen breaks itself. It is therefore advised to consume constantly protein-rich food so that collagen levels are strengthened and skin is kept more elastic and therefore less inclined to be wrinkled. For those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, we advise a diet which is rich with lysine, such as lentils, black beans or quinoa.
Thinking of ordering next week? Let us tempt you. Lamb salad is protein rich, our two juices (orange and greens) are amazing for antioxidants and quench your skin with lycopene through all our tomatoes-rich options. Remember all the good fat from salmon, our favourite is the salmon salad, yummy!