No need to fake and bake any longer.
It seems most people desire a golden tan. They spend hours in the sun only to end up getting burned or left with sun damage. Or if they attempt self tanner, they are left with a more orange than golden complexion that’s often spotty for days after.
People always compliment me on my skin color; yes I have my parents to thank, but I have noticed a lack of glow and color when I am not doing my little tricks that I have acquired over the years.
Shhh..don’t tell, but these tips are about to make you look like a golden goddess!
- Iron (ferrous sulfate)
Make sure you are getting enough iron. An iron deficiency can cause you to feel tired, forgetful, and pale. Yes, pale, because iron helps with blood cells and brings oxygen to your body. Efficient absorption of iron is needed to have color to your skin. It is best to get your iron from iron-rich foods such as spinach and broccoli. If you feel you may be low in iron, then it is wise to get a blood panel done by your doctor to see if you need extra supplementation.
- Beta carotene
The proof is in the pudding. When my son was a baby, I gave him too many carrots and sweet potatoes and well…he turned orange! This is seen more in babies because, at first, their diet consists of mostly vegetables and not much of anything else. I recommend drinking at least a cup of carrot juice a day, and eating yams or sweet potatoes once or twice a week for a tint of color.
Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that gives salmon and flamingo their pink hue. It will also give you a golden glow and help remove scars and age spots. Eating salmon alone will not give you the benefits of astaxanthin, as you would have to eat massive amounts. Saying that, salmon has numerous other benefits and should be eaten regularly. Read more about Astaxanthin here. Vegans and vegetarians can get this antioxidant as a supplement.
Sweat it out and release toxins from your body to make your skin glow. I always say my skin looks best after a steam or an amazing yoga class where I sweat. I call it my “yoga glow”. Sweat releases toxins that would otherwise not be able to be released. Bring blood to the surface, open up your pores, and let your skin breath and shine.
Yes you do need some sun. It is healthy and vital in small doses. I love the sun and when I don’t have it, I miss it. Growing up in Chicago I would get very sad during the long winters so I am very grateful to now live in sunny California. With that said, I used to believe that the sun had to be blazing in order to reap its benefits. That is simply not true. I believe in being in natural sunlight at least 20 minutes a day, even if it is overcast. Click here to read more benefits of sunshine.
Hydrate internally and externally. Be sure to drink adequate amounts of water and electrolytes. I am a big fan of coconut water. Moisturize daily with a chemical free, natural, and non-toxic moisturizer. Organic coconut oil is also great! Dry skin can make you look ashy and grey. Hydrate from the inside out with lots of veggie juice, herbal teas, kombucha, and coconut water.
- Body Scrub
I am a huge advocate of scrubbing, and I mean scrubbing until the skin is red. This is practiced regularly in many Asian and European cultures to get rid of dead skin cells and help release toxins, creating smooth skin. I used to think that scrubbing would fade my tan but it is quite the contrary. It brings blood and circulation to the surface, which creates a beautiful natural tone to your skin color.
No matter what shade of skin you have, if you nourish your body with good foods, love, and light then you will glow from the inside out.