Is There a Truly All-Natural Way to Fake a Tan?
Spring Break is fast approaching! While I most likely will not be vacationing, that whole rush to look good for the ever-famous college ritual is still pressing me. For those of you who don't know, I am about to have a major scar removal procedure. So, unlike most women who will be hitting either the pool or tanning bed, I have to let myself literally pale in comparison due to the litany of creams and pills that my dermatologist has prescribed.
While I will admit that they are effective and I am loving how my skin is finally starting to clear up, I miss my tan. Yes, I, a health/fitness/entertainment/relationship blogger am FINALLY admitting my dirty little secret: I have been a sun/tanning bed-worshiper since the tenth grade. In fact, I used to work at a tanning salon.
Granted, I am lucky that the measly percentage of Cherokee blood pulsing through my veins is helping me keep at least a little color. However, I miss my dark coppery-golden skin! So, what's a girl to do? I mean, I use the self-tanners and mix them with my regular moisturizer to prevent streaking, have used the spray-tans in both a can and from a salon. In all honesty, those fade and, unless you have either a nice base tan or regular UV exposure, you are setting yourself up to look like a sweet potato! YUCK!
According to Shape, I may be in luck. The solution to my lack of a tan may be in my diet. Ah-ha! In fact, a recent British study has claimed that fruits and vegetables can help you achieve the envious, desirable golden hue. Hmmmm...Is it too good to be true?
"We already know that good nutrition plays a key role in keeping your skin looking great," claims Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "This study fuels the theory even further."
The carotenoid-filled produce (think beta-carotene in carrots) helps produce a healthy golden color. Personally, I am going to give this a shot because, obviously, vegetables and fruits are healthy. Hopefully, after two-months, I will be a sexy, "sun kissed" sex goddess.