What about products promising an improved, quicker tan? Tanning tablets are now readily available on the high street. They promise either improved tanning or a faster, darker tan. Sounds great! A sun-free tan?
Tan optimizing/multivitamin tablets can contain a mixture of vitamins and minerals thought to help maintain healthy skin such as Zinc, selenium, Vitamin B’s and C. Many of these tablets also contain copper, claiming to improve and enhance the pigmentation in your skin. However, the NHS only recommends adults aged 19-64 take 1.2mg copper per day and a diet containing nuts or fish will cover this. Most multivitamins are no substitute for a healthy diet, and many of these tanning claims are not backed by scientific evidence. If you would like advice on taking multi-vitamins, pop into your local Davidsons Chemists for free advice.
‘Tanning Tablets’ are those claiming to directly improve or tan your body and can contain a wide mixture of supplements. Carotenoids are the most common additive. These are compounds are found in leafy green veg and yellow fruit. If you eat the right vegetables, the carotenoids can cause a yellowing of the skin – a vegetable tan! In tanning tablets, the same carotenoids can be present in an untested concentration. The safety of such high levels is not fully understood. In high levels, some ‘tanning’ compounds have been claimed to cause liver, skin damage and become deposited in the eyes.
There is some good news, however. Some foods are naturally high in carotenoids such as Beta-carotene found in carrots, sweet potatoes and peppers! There is evidence to suggest the diet-induced glow gained by eating these foods is hard-wired in our brains to be attractive. Get that healthy glow by being, well… healthy! Turn heads on the beach by stocking up on spinach, carrots, red peppers, mango, papaya and apricots. It might even help you get that ‘beach ready body ?.