The ability to tan is directly related to our skin phototype, but we must take into account that, through a proper diet, we can enhance pigmentation and activate melanin, so we can also prolong our tan. In any case, a good diet not only helps you to have a beautiful tan for longer, but also to have healthier and better looking skin.
Free radicals are atoms that contribute directly to premature skin aging. They can also cause cardiovascular diseases by significantly increasing bad cholesterol levels, increase the risk of some types of cancer and are also related to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and arteriosclerosis. In order to combat them, Aesthetic Medicine clinics recommend a diet rich in antioxidants, since they are molecules that neutralize free radicals from solar radiation and restore the lipid barrier of the epidermis (the most superficial part of the skin). Thus, the substances and products richest in antioxidants essential to maintain a healthy skin and protected from the sun are:
- Vitamin E: we can find it in sesame, sunflower oil, asparagus, parsley, chard, walnuts, spinach, chicory, flax, olives, kiwis, peaches, etc.
- Beta-carotenes: stimulate the production of melanin, which increases skin elasticity, and are also precursors of vitamin A. found in foods such as beets, onions, carrots, spinach, peppers or orange fruits and vegetables (except orange and similar).
- Polyphenols: they are found in products such as tea, soy, lentils, grapes, red wine or red and purple fruits and vegetables.
- Omega 7: is a monounsaturated fatty acid that contains beneficial properties for the skin and mucous membranes. It can be found in olive oil, avocado or curry.
- Goji seeds: Goji berries have several high antioxidant agents and help restore the skin’s hydrolipidic layer, giving it firmness. Their properties are found in their oil.
- Astaxanthin: is a potent antioxidant that acts as a sunscreen. It is found in red fruits, wild trout and salmon.
- Evening primrose and borage oil: have antipruritic and anti-inflammatory properties and promote the recovery of the skin’s lipid layer. It also contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, vital for maintaining the cellular structure of the skin.
- Vitamin C: is a potent antioxidant and collagen stimulator. It is mainly found in green vegetables and citrus fruits.
So, we must remember that the important thing is to have a balanced diet, preferably rich in those foods that are healthier for our health and that improve our appearance.