Whizz up some delicious, tan-boosting smoothies!

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Sun-kissed skin: tan faster with smoothies

Smoothies are a tasty way to pump our bodies full of vitamins. What you may not know is that by blending certain ingredients, you can boost melanin production to tan faster!

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Carrot, tomato and strawberry smoothie

Carrots are powerful tan-boosters. Their high beta-carotene content helps our skin to get a gorgeous bronzed glow. Add carotenoid-rich tomatoes and vitamin C-packed strawberries for a smoothie that'll protect your skin from harmful UV rays, whilst working on your colour.
You'll need to mix:
- 15cl of carrot juice
- 2 very ripe tomatoes
- 250g of strawberries
- juice from ½ a lemon
- a few fresh basil leaves

Peach, apricot, orange and almond milk smoothie

Complexion-boosting peaches and apricots are bursting with beta-carotene, which helps our bodies to produce vitamin A. This vitamin boosts melanin production so we tan faster. As for almond milk, it's vitamin E content helps protect our skin from damage caused by UV rays.
You'll need to mix:
- 1 peach
- 2 apricots
- 1 orange
- 200ml of almond milk  

Guava, banana and blackcurrant smoothie

Want a quick tan without resorting to sunbeds? Then whizz up a guava and blackcurrant smoothie. Their carotenoids protect our skin by combating free radicals.
You'll need to mix:
- 35cl of fresh guava juice
- 1 very ripe banana
- 50g of blackcurrants (fresh or frozen)

Rocket and cucumber smoothie

Some green veg can help us to tan - rocket, courgettes, cress and lettuce are all worthy contenders. Cucumbers contain lots of water, meaning they hydrate our skin after a day in the sun.
You'll need to mix:
- 125g of rocket
- 1 large cucumber
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- fresh lemon juice

Olive oil and melon smoothie

Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, a turbo-charged antioxidant that protects our skin. It helps our skin fend off UV rays, prevents it from drying out and deals with free radicals responsible for premature skin ageing. Result: A healthy, glowing tan!
You'll need to mix:
- 4 teaspoons of olive oil
- 2 very ripe melons
- 1 handful of fresh basil leaves
- a few ice cubes

Don't forget that whilst these foods help us tan faster, they should never replace a sunscreen! So slather on your SPF and make sure you re-apply it every couple of hours.