19 January 2011

Eating veggies provides glow superior to suntan

I don’t think it’s a new idea that eating your veggies helps your skin, but a study led by Dr. Ian Stephen at the University of Nottingham is trying to reinforce the obvious.

Stephen states that carotenoids, which are responsible for the yellow, orange, or red fat-soluble pigments in tomatoes and carrots, give the skin a glow that is preferential over that of a suntan.

Dr Stephen said: “We found that, given the choice between skin colour caused by suntan and skin colour caused by carotenoids, people preferred the carotenoid skin colour, so if you want a healthier and more attractive skin colour, you are better off eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables than lying in the sun.”

While we’re on the subject of healthy skin, remember that eating fruits & veggies gives your body a heaping dose of essential vitamins & minerals to keep our skin happy & healthy! Get your Vitamin C (helps keep skin firm) by eating citrus fruits, Vitamin A (keeps skin smooth, even & hydrated) by eating your leafy greens, and Omegas by eating flax, hemp and pumpkin seeds.

Kelly Beth | @veganbotanicals
Kelly Beth is a smiley vegan herbalist and wanderer, and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with her fiancé and kitty (kitty face). She created twig & leaf botanicals, a vegan & organic herbal apothecary 3 years ago to bring healthy, plant-based alternatives to mainstream medicine and home care. Follow Kelly Beth on her blog and Facebook.

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