We all know fruit and veggies are good for our health. Now new research has found eating more of them can make our skin glow within a matter of weeks!
The study from the University of St Andrews found that eating ‘five a day’ really is good for you. The research examined the impact of carotenoid pigments found in fruit and vegetables on skin colour. The results showed that just two extra portions of fruit and vegetables per day created a detectable change in skin colour within six weeks – great news for those of us who care as much about our looks as our health!
“People who eat more fruit and vegetables have a ‘golden’ skin tone that looks healthy and attractive. Our latest research finds that even small improvements in diet produces visible benefits to skin colour. We were very surprised by how quick the changes were,” says St Andrews researcher Ross Whitehead.
The researchers tracked 35 students over six weeks, measuring natural changes in their diet and skin colour. At the same time, they measured how big a change in skin colour needed to occur before others noticed it. Those individuals that improved their diet over the study period showed an increase in the desired golden skin tone, while the colour reduced in those whose diet had slipped.
“We hope that by highlighting the rapidly achievable benefits of a healthy diet on our attractiveness will be a stronger incentive for people to eat more healthily,” Ross says. “Knowing you are going to look more attractive in a few weeks may be more persuasive than the promise of health benefits later in life.”