If ,like us, you want to start getting that summer glow a little earlier than planned, (who wouldn’t ay?) then read on…
Researchers from the University of St. Andrews have found that carotenoids found in fruit and vegetables such as beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein can give your skin a glowing tanned appearance. Carotenoids are stored in the fat underneath our skin, they are also secreted in the serum our skin naturally produces, then reabsorbed in to the top layer of the skin creating a golden glow.
Researchers conducted a study where volunteers were asked to rate the attractiveness of faces based on pigmentation caused by carotenoids from a diet high in fruit and vegetables or melanin colouration from the sun. More than three quarters of the volunteers rated faces more attractive if their ‘glow’ was from pigmentation caused by carotenoid colouration compared to pigmentation caused by melanin colouration.
Not only do carotenoids help you along the way to being sun kissed and summer ready, but they are also antioxidants. Antioxidants block the activity of free radicals (chemicals produced in the body) that can cause damage to cells leading to cancer. The carotenoid beta-carotene can also be converted in to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for our immunity and healthy eye sight. (Maybe carrots really can help you to see better in the dark!)
No wonder everyone’s banging on about getting your five a day, fruits and vegetables just keep throwing benefits our way! No more need for embarrassing fake tan mistakes and orange hands, or getting hot and sweaty under the sun, just eat (or drink) your way to a tan instead! Easy.
The best way to pack in fruits and veg, is with a smoothie! So here is Chi’s own delicious, layered, superpower smoothie filled with carotenoids to help you get your glow on!
CHI’S SUMMER GLOW SMOOTHIE
What you need:
2 large handfuls of spinach roughly chopped
2 large handfuls of blueberries
7-10 large strawberries chopped
1 cup of Chi Coconut Milk
Chi Coconut Water to thin if needed
What you do:
Blend the bananas and spinach until thick and smooth, transfer to a pouring jug.
Clean your blender, then blend blueberries, strawberries and Chi Coconut Milk.
Now for the messy part (so basically the fun part!) Layer your smoothie starting with the thickest consistency. We put our green smoothie on the bottom. Carry on layering until your smoothie is as aesthetically pleasing as you can make it!
Drink up and enjoy!
For more healthy smoothies to bump up that tan, head over to our Pinterest page.
Written by Izzy Hughes, Chi’s Superstar Intern