The way to the perfect tan might be through eating more fruit and veg, rather than baking in the sunshine. Researchers (Bristol University) say fruits such as cantaloupe melon and apricots, and vegetables like peppers, carrots and spinach all enhance skin tone and
make people look more attractive. Switching to a healthier diet can have visible effect on the complexion in as little as a month. The findings, which have yet to be officially published, could be used as part of a more positive campaign to convince people to eat more fruit and vegetables. The secret to the perfect skin tone is found in naturally occurring chemicals called carotenoids. These are a group of some 600 organic pigments found in many plants.