My post holiday meal plan and guide is designed to help you, your skin and your body recover from any holiday excesses. It contains plenty of foods to help restore, replenish and repair your skin following sun exposure along with foods to help prolong your tan. With 80% of us gaining weight on holiday at an average rate of 3.5lbs per week, the plan is also designed to help you detoxify and get back into shape.
Beta-carotene can actually prolong your tan due to pigments, which give the skin a warmer tone, enhancing the appearance of your tan. The best sources are carrots, sweet potato, papaya, butternut squash, mango, apricots, cantaloupe melon, spinach, kale and other dark green leaves. A 2011 study carried out in Nottingham found that consuming a few extra servings of carotene rich fruit and vegetables resulted in increased skin pigmentation that resembled a tan, over time.
Avocados, olive oil, oily fish, nuts and seeds provide healthy fats, which act as a natural moisturiser to help reverse the dehydrating effects of the sun. Omega-3 fats in oily fish also reduce inflammation of the skin and body.
Green tea contains polyphenols, powerful anti-inflammatory compounds to reduce any inflammation caused by sun exposure. Also promotes fat breakdown and weight loss.
Protein and fibre
The plan is high in both of these to help keep you feeling full and satisfied, to regulate appetite and promote weight loss.
Skin Care Tips
If you got sunburn on holiday Aloe vera provides relief due to its calming, anti-inflammatory effects and promotes healing and cellular repair of the skin. Aloe Vera is also extremely hydrating, so is great to restore moisture levels in the skin, even if you don’t get burned. Beauty & Go Summer Skin contains Aloe vera to nourish your skin from the inside and you can apply it topically.
A weekly gentle exfoliation will remove dead skin cells, to keep your tan looking fresh – keep it gentle though as you don’t want to scrub your tan away! You could also try using a body lotion with tan prolonging effects, such as melanin enhancing ingredients or self-tan.
Exercise supports detoxification of the body by increasing circulation, to help reduce water retention and cellulite and of course to support weight loss. Include 30-60 minutes every day while following the plan; this can include brisk walking or any other type of exercise of your choice.
Two Week Meal Plan
Our in-house nutritionist has designed a 2 week post-holiday meal plan for you to follow. The exclusive meal plan includes specific foods that provide natural protection against sun damage.* Following the plan will also increase your energy levels, reduce bloating, help you lose weight and also to prolong your tan. Subscribe below to download the 2 week pre-holiday meal plan.
*Foods can provide only limited protection against sun damage and are never a substitute for safe sun exposure or sunscreen.