The 10 foods that will boost your tan this summer!

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10 foods which accelerate tanning

To help your skin to tan, and to maintain the tan all summer, you need to load up with antioxidants. Start munching these super foods a few weeks before your holiday, and your suntan will last and last ¬– and you’ll be healthier than you’ve ever been.

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Carrots: Carrots are the top pro-tanning vegetables thanks to their high beta-carotene content. Eat them raw to max out their effectiveness, and throw them in salads, smoothies and juices. You’ll be glowing before you know it.

Apricots: All orange fruits should be on the menu, so melons and peaches as well as apricots. They are an excellent source of pro-vitamin A and beta-carotene, which help to activate melanin.

Tomatoes and red peppers: Their strong colour gives away their high carotenoid content, so throw them on the barbecue or into a crisp summer salad.

Milk products: Some cheeses, such as cottage cheese, and other milk products are rich in calcium, which facilitates rapid tanning, and vitamin A, which helps boost the production of melanin.

Strawberries and cherries: These have a high vitamin C content, which protects the skin against certain effects of the sun, including premature ageing.

Olive oil: Rich in vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant – olive oil provides complete protection to the skin, as it helps resist UV rays, protects skin from drying out and helps fight against the free radicals that cause premature ageing. Result!

Eggs: Eggs, especially the yolk, contain vitamin B6, omega-3 and omega-6, which hydrate the skin and promote tanning. Don’t eat too many though, as they are high in cholesterol.

Rocket, broccoli and spinach: Lots of green vegetables can also accelerate tanning; eat them raw in salads to get the greatest benefit.

Seafood: Especially prawns, which contain a trace element called selenium that’s essential for a beautiful tan.

Water: When exposed to the sun, our skin can dehydrate, so plenty of water is indispensible for the perfect golden colour and beautiful skin. You are now tan-ready and raring to go.

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