my life I’ve been plagued by my pale skin. When I was at school my friends
would come back from their holidays with a beautiful healthy glow (some of them even admit to doing the risky baby oil tan!), but every
time I stuck my skin out in the sun it would go lobster-red, peel and flake
disgustingly, then go back to its previous deathly pale look. I was beginning
to despair that I would ever have tanned skin. Fake tan fades pretty quickly,
and I didn’t like the idea of using a sun bed as I’ve heard about the risks.
Will I look like a carrot?
I first heard of beta carotene pills and learned that their main ingredient
comes from the pigment that turns carrots orange, I thought I’d stay away. No
one wants to look like a carrot. However, after I’d found out more about them I
thought I should give them a try, and I’ve been pleased with the results. The
tablets don’t make you go bright carrot orange, thankfully – instead they’ve
helped my skin become a natural-looking tan colour, without the danger of
exposing it to the sun’s harmful rays. In fact, some studies have shown that
beta carotene may actually help to protect your skin from the sun, although I
wouldn’t like to have these pills as my only protection. Beta carotene gets
converted by the body into Vitamin A, otherwise known as retinol, which is
often found in anti-ageing creams. High doses of Vitamin A can add really add
colour to pale skin although doctors warn that pregnant women should avoid it,
as it can harm the baby.
first, I took too many pills and I definitely went too far towards looking
orange. But now I think I’ve got the balance right, and my skin has a healthy
glow which looks completely natural. Now my friends keep asking me if I’ve just
come back from holiday.