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Are you one of the tanning enthusiasts who love a perfect summer glow to the extent that you will do everything to make your tan everlasting? You're perfectly following all the do's and don'ts of self tanning; applying moisturizer, drinking lots of water, putting sunblock and all the like. But do you know that there are certain foods that help you maintain your most sought-after summer bronze hue? It does not only help you maintain your gorgeous tan but also takes care of your skin and protects you from skin cancer.

Just continue to use your favorite self tanner products and the following foods will help you achieve and preserve your sun-kissed glow. Read below and know the importance of these foods to your skin to maintain a healthy and young looking glow.

  • Foods rich in beta carotene

Beta carotene is the orange coloring pigment that is converted to vitamin A, a vitamin which is essential for the maintenance of healthy skin. Beta carotene contains antioxidant which prevents skin ageing or wrinkles and aids in achieving a summer glow skin. Beta carotene also enhances your sunscreen's effectiveness because it produces SPF 4 when taken 90 to 180 mg of beta carotene. It also reduces sunburn. Top ten foods rich in beta carotene are sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, lettuce, squash, cantaloupe melon, red peppers, apricots, peas and broccoli.

  • Dark Leafy Green Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli and cabbage are another good source of beta carotene and fiber. Kale and spinach aids in repairing and renewing your skin to a youthful glow. Dark leafy green vegetables are rich in chlorophyll which gives protection against free radicals. Free radicals force the skin to age fast. Greens are also rich in lutein which aids to skin elasticity and hydration. Green veggies also contain vitamin C, an antioxidant that boosts the production of collagen. Collagens are great in maintaining healthy skin even as you age.

  • Foods high in Omega-3 content

Foods like sardines, mackerel, tuna, salmon, black cod and other cold water fatty fish are high in omega-3 content. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly beneficial to the skin because it prevents skin inflammation due to UV rays and helps reduce scaling which peels off the your tan. Eating these fish rich in omega-3 fatty acid is more recommended than taking fish oils because there are other nutrients in the fish that are good for the skin like vitamin D and selenium.

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