Is your New Year’s weight loss resolution hitting a slump this far into the year? That calorie counter app you paid a whopping $0.99 for sitting unused in your phone? Do you need a handy reason to stick to your guns and keep reaching for those rice cakes instead of those snack cakes?

Well how about getting inspired with a trip to your favorite tanning salon? At Tan Unique we’re here to tell you that not only is eating healthy food good for your overall health, it’s been proven that eating healthier causes you to tan faster!

The Facts

• In a 2011 study conducted by Dr. Ian Stephen at the University of Nottingham it was concluded that consuming certain foods that contained specific vitamins and antioxidants helped naturally darken skin pigmentation.

•  According to The Daily Meal in their article, “10 Foods that Help You Tan Faster”:

Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash contain high amounts of beta-carotene — a strongly colored red-orange pigment that is converted by the human body into vitamin A. Vitamin A is critical for healthy skin, nails and immune health, and for achieving that summer glow. Not only do these foods speed up your tanning process, but they also decrease your risk of certain cancers, cognitive decline, and heart disease.

• Studies prove that eating healthy food ensures your body has the building blocks necessary to speed up the tanning process!


Get that perfect shade!

Including more healthy fats and veggies into your diet not only trims your waistline, but it’s proven to raise your tolerance for UVB rays (the counterpart to the UVA rays that stimulate melanin in the skin to trigger the tanning process) which penetrate the superficial layers of the skin, causing sunburn. To build up this tolerance and fast-track your way to the perfect tan, here are some essentials:

1.     Good Fats

I know what you’re thinking: “If I’m eating healthy then I’m trying to avoid fatty foods!” But not all fats are evil, promise! For example, unsaturated fats are an essential part of a healthy diet. Monounsaturated fats (ex: canola, olive, and peanut oils, plus avocados) are also seen as good fats as they lower your blood cholesterol levels. They also provide your skin with a moisturizing boost, generating that post-tan glow!

2.     Antioxidants

You definitely want to make sure you’re getting enough antioxidants in your diet. Avoid grains and stock up on more protein, good fats, and vegetables and you’ll be sure to get the nutritious antioxidants that your skin desperately needs! 

Pro Tip: dark chocolate, nuts, grapes, and berries are packed with antioxidants.

3.     Vitamins

A simple vitamin regime can do wonders for your health! Vitamins provide nutrients that give your skin a nourishing boost that produces a lush, natural radiance! Vitamin D is a must for healthy bronze skin, but additional supplements such as Vitamin C and Coconut Oil do wonders for enriching your tan.

Sign me up! What type of foods should I eat?

Go for the Superfoods! These foods naturally contain the vitamins needed to prep your body for that beautiful bronze glow! Any food that contains excess beta-carotene that can be converted into Vitamin A is typically your go-to.

The Daily Meal provides a full list of tasty foods that contain large quantities of beta-carotene as well as other health benefits.

Tan Unique Has the Eats

Not crazy about the bland taste of some of the foods listed above? Add some flavor to the mix! Tan Unique is proud to announce a selection of delicious food mixes available for purchase! We’re now marketing Wind & Willow sweet and savory Cheeseball Mixes, Dip Mixes, Soup Mixes, and more! Spice things up with some added flavoring to your favorite healthy dishes! Make sure to check out their website to find out more about the products we have in-store and explore their tasty recipes.


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