Most of us aspire to have healthy glowing skin and fortunately new research shows that we don’t have to wait until summer to get a glow from a sun tan.
Forget skin damaging tanning, scientists have found that the best way to get glowing skin is to eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Even better still, it will help you to be more attractive to the opposite sex.
It may seem obvious that eating your five-a-day will give you better skin, however this research by scientists at the University of St Andrews proves that eating fruit and vegetables is more effective at giving skin a natural glow than tanning.
First, they assessed the skin colour of people in relation to their diet. Those who ate more fruit and vegetables were found to have a more golden, yellow skin colour.
They then measured the way that light in different parts of the spectrum is absorbed by the skin.
Those with a healthy glow were found to have a higher presence of carotenoids – yellow and red antioxidants which are believed to play a role in fertility and immunity.
Participants in the study then took part in a task to see the relation between skin tone and attractiveness. The scientists used specialist computer software to simulate more and less carotenoids and more or less suntan on 51 faces. The participants were asked to adjust the skin colour to make the faces look as healthy as possible.
With the choice of tanned faces and those with more carotenoids, participants preferred the carotenoid colour suggesting that people use colour cues to gauge how healthy other people are and generally would prefer to form alliances with healthier individuals.
So how can you boost your own carotenoids and get a natural healthy glow? Eating a diet rich in a variety of the fruit and vegetables below will have you glowing in no time!
- Sweet Potatoes
- Red and Yellow Peppers
- Leafy Greens