Foods that promote tanning

Did you know that certain foods promote tanning while others hinder it?

Though we're constantly reminded that the sun is harmful to our skin, our mirrors tell another story. The warm brown colours of summer make a perfect background for spaghetti straps, low necklines, high hemlines and bare feet in sandals. But the thinning ozone layer means we shouldn't stay out in the sun too long. We should restrict our exposure to small doses, recognizing at the same time that nature has provided us with some allies. 

Strange but true: vitamin C retards tanning. Ingesting large amounts of orange or lemon juice is counterproductive to tanning. You also have to avoid other citrus products, parsley, chervil and cress.

Choose foods high in vitamin A. Mangos contain more vitamin A than almost any other fruit. Add to the list such things as peaches, melons, fish, etc. But fried foods, dishes with rich sauces, pickled, cured or preserved foods, strong coffee and apéritifs will banish the rays. Some foods even make it more likely that you'll burn!

And don't forget to drink lots of water - or eat some watermelon!

Our body is made up of about 60% water. It is essential to our body's proper functioning, playing an important transport role by circulating nutritional elements, eliminating wastes and regenerating the skin. Water is also a thermo-regulator that maintains proper body temperature. 

When you're in the sun, or even just outside on a hot day, you perspire and your body gradually loses water. You may - sometimes without making the connection - experience headaches or a feeling of fatigue despite not having done anything strenuous. Your skin dehydrates and becomes more fragile. Therefore, you must drink large amounts of water to keep the body's systems in balance. Have a few mouthfuls of water every twenty minutes or eat something (except citrus) with a high water content such as watermelon or other melons, cucumber, celery, grapes, radishes, etc.

Did you know that drinks containing caffeine such as coffee, tea and cola, as well as alcoholic beverages will actually make you lose water?

Tanning and enjoying your summer healthfully
have a lot to do with knowing how to eat and drink!

If you want to tan, make some enjoyable changes in your eating habits…

You are probably already familiar with the beneficial effects of carrots. Numerous tanning products, used with or without sunlight, use carotene to promote skin coloration. Eaten raw, carrots retain all their beneficial properties. 

Olive oil
is a regenerative and revivifying element

the yolks are high in vitamin A eggs are rich in minerals, regenerative and revivifying

particularly cooked cheeses and white cheeses

Grilled Foods
Marinate meats in a little olive oil, herbs and a touch of balsamic vinegar, red wine or soy sauce before putting them on the grill

or brush them with a bit of olive oil before cooking;

you can also marinate skewers of vegetables like peppers, zucchini or tomatoes in a little oil with some herbes de Provence

Menu ideas

Some dishes are full of perfect tanning foods - why not add them to your summer menus?

Gazpacho or vegetable juice

Carrot salad
Spinach salad
Green salad with oil
Crudités and dip (carrot for colour, celery and cucumber for water)

Mimosa (stuffed) eggs, eggs à la russe, or in aspic
Vegetable quiche

Grilled fish or roast chicken (cold or hot)
Pork, veal or beef brochettes or chops
Fruit, cold chicken and cottage cheese plate

Papayas, plums, peaches or apricots

If you get a sunburn, there are fruits available to soothe you…

In the tropics, it's not uncommon to sunburn the tops of the feet. Simply lay a slice of fresh tomato on the area that was overexposed to the sun to experience immediate cooling relief. Leave on for 15 minutes. The nutritional elements in the tomato help repair the skin. 

To rehydrate skin that has been dried out by overexposure to the sun, simply purée some peaches in a blender. Smear the mixture over your skin and leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off with plain water.

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