Naturally Tanning Foods

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Continued from our Retreat & Renew Daily Tip.

By Laurel House, QuickieChick Editor

While your friend steps into the tanning bed, jeopardizing the health of her skin, you can put on your nerdy sun hat, plenty of sunscreen and head to your local farmers market for these tan-inducing fruits and veggies!

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Bell Peppers
  • Kale
  • Red Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Mustard Greens
  • Turnips
  • Pumpkin
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Winter Squash

If you have the time to spend in the sun, there are some foods that promote a natural suntan.

Cosmetics Swap

Melanin is often added to cosmetics that aid tanning. Foods high in Vitamin A amp up your natural production of Melanin. Find it in these:

  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Oatmeal
  • Tomato Juice
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Lemons

Other Foods that speed up the production of Melanin are those high in Vitamin E. Try these:

  • Wheat Bran
  • Hazelnuts
  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Mango
  • Papaya

Tan Faster With These

Headed out for a day at the beach? Have some cottage cheese and eggs for breakfast. These foods, along with others, contain tyrosine and calcium to help you tan faster. Find it in these:

  • Seaweed
  • Tofu
  • Egg whites
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Salmon
  • Turkey
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Tahini
  • Swiss Chard
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Papaya
  • Almonds
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Low Fat Milk

While you’re doing your grocery and bathing suit shopping, keep in mind that certain foods hinder your skin’s ability to tan. Avoid fried foods or dishes with rich sauce, pickled or cured foods, and coffee. I know… many of them are daily musts. But they also might be working against you despite the naturally hot spring break rays.

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