Eating fruits and vegetables that are yellow or orange in color is one way to tan better, according to The Huffington Post. Veggies such as carrots and tomatoes contain carotene, an antioxidant that warms the skin tone. Darker vegetables such as spinach and kale contain beta-carotene, which naturally affects the skin's pigmentation.
The Huffington Post goes on to note that olive oil aids in adding natural moisture to the skin, helping the tanning process. Experts are not certain of the amount of food that needs to be consumed to attain a natural tan, but tanning foods should be eaten in moderation and on a consistent basis. Other fruits and vegetables to consider are apricots, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes.
Belle Mag notes that food intake is more effective and safer than outdoor tanning, since the thinning of the ozone layer is more harmful to the skin. Also, a person doesn't have to worry about tanning lines when consuming tanning-based foods.
Choosing foods that are high in Vitamin A also helps tanning. Vitamin A foods include are mangos, lemon, fish and peaches. When in the sun, drinking water every 20 minutes hydrates the skin, and watermelon is a high-water fruit to consider. However, there are certain foods to avoid, such as tea, coffee and cola, all of which dry the skin. Foods that are high in Vitamin C and citrus should also be avoided.