The right foods for a perfect tan

Holidays in sight? To start perfecting your suntan, L'Occitane has some tips for the best foods to help you achieve a gorgeous natural tan.
By Mélissa Darré

Beta carotene for a golden hue: a stimulant to the production of melanin, the natural pigment that tints the skin, fruits and vegetables are your best friends this time of year. Especially ones with orange flesh, like apricots, carrots, melon or mango. As well as some vegetables such as watercress.

Antioxidants to protect your skin: can you preserve your skin's youthful appearance in summer? Yes, if you opt for citrus fruits, kiwi and spinach. Rich in vitamins A, C and E, they trap free radicals and improve sun tolerance.

Fatty acids for skin hydration: to maintain skin's softness, nothing is better than essential fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6. Oils pressed from hazelnuts, olives, wheat germ or rapeseed are unequalled for their ability to deeply nourish skin cells. And don't forget oily fish, like mackerel, sardines and salmon.

To make your tan last longer over time:
- Protect your skin using a sun cream or oil adapted to your complexion
- Keep your skin hydrated by drinking at least 2 litres of water daily
- Gently exfoliate your skin 2 to 3 times weekly to eliminate dead cells

The right foods for a perfect tan
The right foods for a perfect tan
To start perfecting your suntan, L'Occitane has some tips for the best foods to help you achieve a gorgeous natural tan
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