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Breakthrough! Research confirms that carotenoids are better than melanin for glowing skin

by , 29 March 2017
Breakthrough! Research confirms that carotenoids are better than melanin for glowing skin
Are you longing for gorgeous, glowing skin? Then listen up!

While going for tanning bed sessions is a quick, easy way to get your glow on, it's no secret that they're bad news. Not only does the ultraviolet radiation from the lamps in tanning beds trigger signs of premature ageing like wrinkles, sagginess and spots, it can even cause skin cancer!

Still not convinced? Read on to find out what a recent study published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology found about healthy skin versus fake-baked skin.

Study finds that eating carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables trumps tanning bed sessions for beautiful skin

To reach their findings, researchers showed participants images of faces with high carotenoid (from consuming fruits and vegetables) and faces with high melanin (from ultraviolet exposure and tanning). They then asked the participants which faces they found more beautiful.
 
To their surprise, a whopping 76% of participants said they found the high carotenoid faces more attractive than the high melanin faces! It’s therefore safe to say that a lit-from-within glow takes the cake.
 
So which carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables should you be snacking on to colour your skin gorgeous from the inside out?

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Eat these five carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables to boost your glow factor

Carotenoids are pigments that tend to produce an orange, red or dark green hue. They’re abundant in the following five foods:
 
#1:Carrots
Carrots aren’t only brimming with carotenoids, but also skin-loving vitamins like A and C. They even pack anti-inflammatory properties! 
 
#2: Sweet melon
Sweet melon, also known as cantaloupe, has a super-high water content, which lends it the ability to hydrate your skin from the inside out. This summer favourite also contains folic acid, which promotes fresh and supple skin by helping to regenerate cells. 
 
#3: Tomatoes
Tomatoes are superstars when it comes to warding off sun damage. Because they’re chockfull of an antioxidant known as lycopene, they also help fight free radical damage.
 
#4: Leafy greens
Leafy greens including kale, spinach and broccoli are packed with antioxidants that feed your skin as well as iron, which is proven to improve circulation.
 
#5: Sweet potatoes
Last but not least are sweet potatoes – a top source of carotenoids. You better make sure you get enough of this food in your diet, as they’re also loaded with vitamin C and collagen.
 
What are you waiting for? Go on and start eating your way to radiance!

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