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!

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