Guest contributor: Healing Lifestyles & Spas Starting to plan your spring wardrobe? Stay away from dangerous tanning beds and sprays! No doubt you’ll need a little bronze to go with that bare skin. Not so fast—tanning beds, sunless tanning pills and sunless tanners with toxic chemical ingredients are harmful to your health and taking a beating right now… for good reason! For a safe way to get a sunny glow, try a $50 sunless tan for Spa Week—such as at the chic Planet Beach spa locations or Giannillo in NYC—all health-approved, or try these natural self-tanners with active ingredients from corn, sugar beets and sugar cane. And always remember to avoid the sun right after using self-tanners! Not into slathering anything on your skin? Try eating foods that have been shown to produce a golden glow! Up your intake of foods rich in carotenoids—especially cantaloupe, apricots, carrots, peppers and spinach. Carotenoids can give skin a light golden color while providing antioxidants that protect it from sun damage. In about a month, a diet packed with carotenoid-rich fruits and veggies can make a noticeable change in your skin tone and color. “We found people always preferred the golden effect from diet to the darker effect from the sun,” said Ian Stephen, a Bristol University experimental psychologist who studied the effects of carotenoids on skin. Get healthy, bronze skin the natural way and look radiant in your new spring duds! Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.