How can nutrition help your tan?
When it comes to tanning, most people think about artificial sprays or creams or about lying on a beach all day. Whilst the prior can end up looking fake, the latter can make a natural looking tan, but did you know there can be ways to make your tan look even better? Just as important as wearing suncream is to protecting your skin from UV rays, getting the right nutrition is important for deepening and optimising your body's tanning process.
One way you can do this is ensuring you are getting enough Vitamin D. You can get this key vitamin through sunlight, but if you are prone to burning or can’t spend all day in the sun, it can be very beneficial to get it through natural supplements. It is also equally important to add to your diet something that can help protect the body from the damage and appearance of premature ageing caused by UV rays, such as Vitamins C and E, for a youthful and healthy glow.
Finally, it is also great to add something that can help support the natural melanin production. A group of pigments responsible for the colour of our eyes, hair and most importantly skin, melanin is the main determinant of skin colour. It is produced through a process called Melanogenesis, a multistep process that is said to involve the amino acid L-Tyrosine. Copper is considered very important for the synthesis of L-Tyrosine to melanin, and as both can often be inadequate in the average diet, it is important to find a way to add them if you want to get the most out of your tan.
The formula behind Proto-col Boost
Found in small amounts in foods such as red meat, seafood, dairy, avocados and bananas, L-Tyrosine is one of the chemical building blocks called amino acids. Being one of the 20 standard amino acids that help to synthesise proteins, it can have a number of functions in the body, and in particular is considered to be beneficial for the skin.
Not just for pipes, small amounts of Copper is actually great for the health of the body. It is found in foods such as beef liver, dark chocolate and chickpeas. For the skin in particular it is thought of as very beneficial as it known to contribute to normal skin pigmentation as well as the maintenance of normal connective tissues.
Also known as Para-Aminobenzoic Acid, PABA is considered a very important ingredient amongst skincare products, used as a protective agent against UV rays. It is a component of folic acid, or vitamin B9 and can be found in meat as well as in eggs, milk, mushrooms, spinach, whole grains and molasses.
According to a study around 50% of the worldwide population is said to be affected by Vitamin D insufficiency. This is because our main source is from sunlight and those in colder climates or that spend a lot of time inside can often not get enough. It is also found in small amounts in fatty fish, cheese and eggs but most people now get their daily supply from supplements.
Additionally beneficial for the body as well as the skin, Vitamin E is an amazing vitamin. It can be found in foods such as sunflower seeds, almonds and leafy greens. It is known to contribute to the protection of oxidative stress, meaning it can help to protect the cells from factors such as UV rays, which if abused can cause unwanted damage.
Richly found in foods including guavas, blackcurrants and oranges, Vitamins C is most commonly known to support the function of the immune system. It is also great for the skin as it contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin. It is also known to contribute to the regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E.
An essential mineral for the body, Zinc is known for its variety of benefits to our health and wellbeing. Found in foods such as lean meat and poultry, beans, nuts and seeds, it is important to add to the diet. For the skin it has many benefits as it is known to contribute to the maintenance of normal skin as well as normal macronutrient metabolism.
Full ingredients list
Active Ingredients - L-Tyrosine, PABA, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E Natural, (D-Alpha Tocopherol) Succinate, Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HCL), Choline (Bitartrate), Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide), Vitamin B5, (Calcium Pantothenate), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine HCL), Vitamin B12 (Riboflavin), Zinc (Gluconate), Copper (Citrate), Folacin (Folic Acid), Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin), Vitamin D3.
Other Ingredients - Vegetable Cellulose, Size 0.
Proto-col Boost has been designed to be an easy addition to any daily routine; simply take 2 capsules with water just before a meal twice a day. It is up to you which meals you choose to take it before, however try to stick to the same each day for consistency. This supplement is best taken starting 2 days before sun exposure through until two days afterwards. Each bottle contains 120 capsules, the equivalent of 30 servings.
As this supplement is made from natural ingredients, it is safe to use. As when taking any new supplement, always check through the full ingredients list so as to avoid any personal allergens. This supplement is free from dairy, lactose and gluten and is suitable for vegetarians. Consult a doctor first if you are pregnant or on medication. Please note that this product is not intended to prevent sunburn and long term skin damage so always use a protective sun cream. Not for those under the age of 18.