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Leading a healthy lifestyle can help give people a "golden glow" by improving their skin colour, according to new research

Leading a healthy lifestyle can help give people a "golden glow" by improving their skin colour, according to new research

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Leading a healthy lifestyle can help give people a "golden glow" by improving their skin colour, according to new research

Leading a healthy lifestyle can help give people a "golden glow" by improving their skin colour, according to new research.

The study, led by the University of St Andrews, found a balanced and healthy lifestyle, including becoming fitter, avoiding stress and sleeping longer all gave skin a more healthy looking colour.

Previous studies have linked improvements in skin colour to a good diet but the latest study also examined the relationship between general health and skin tone.

Eating a healthy diet full of fruit and vegetables increases skin yellowness, making it look healthier and more attractive, with the change due to the accumulation of coloured plant pigments in the skin such as orange carotene from carrots and red lycopene from tomatoes.

These pigments, called carotenoids, play an important role as antioxidants, which can help protect against damage from oxidative toxins, caused by the stresses of everyday life.

Belfast Telegraph