How to Eat Your Way to a Better Tan

Want to look like you just hung out on the beach all week? A new study suggests that eating more fruits such as cantaloupe, melon, and apricots, and vegetables like peppers, carrots, and spinach, can enhance your complexion in as little time as one month.

The UK's Telegraph has the scoop:
According to Ian Stephen, an experimental psychologist at Bristol University, the secret to the perfect skin tone is found in naturally occuring chemicals called carotenoids. These are a group of some 600 organic pigments found in many plants. Stephen examined the role of beta-carotene in green and orange fruit and vegetables in changing skin tone.
He asked volunteers to compare 'before and after' photographs of Caucasian people who had been asked to start a five-a-day diet.

Stephen explained that in humans there were two pigments which had a major affect on the yellowness of fair skin: melanin and carotenoids.

The former is associated with UV exposure, the latter with certain fruits and vegetables.

He told The Sunday Times: "We found people always preferred the golden effect from diet to the darker effect from the sun."

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