What is Beta Carotene
Beta Carotene is a natural orange-red pigment that is common in many vegetables. Your body converts a small portion of beta-carotene into vitamin A which is also known as Retinol. While the great effects of Retinol on the skin are known, surprisingly almost no one knows about how amazing Beta Carotene is for your skin.
What effects does Beta Carotene have on the skin
Beta Carotene, if used in the proper amounts, can add a very pleasant orange undertone in the skin which can make your skin look tanned. However, its different from tanned, because your skin is not actually darker, it just has this beautiful orange glow to it that you can’t get from tanning. If you have pale skin or especially if you lack radiance or glow to your skin you HAVE to try my 1 month carotenoid protocol (described below). Typically people with olive skin experience the best results from this as they tend to lack radiance the most out of all complexions.
Not only does Beta Carotene give your skin a radiant orange undertone but it also is a strong antioxidant and will help slow down the aging processes in your body. If thats not enough, it will convert into vitamin A in your body which will then boost collagen production in your skin.
What are the best sources of Beta Carotene
The best way to get Beta Carotene is to drink freshly squeezed carrot juice or to eat carrots, but this gets old fast, trust me. You can also purchase Beta Carotene supplements, however, in my opinion, they are less effective.
Consume your Beta Carotenetone after eating a meal that contains some fats to increase absorption.
How Much Beta Carotene do you need
To see the tanning effects you’ll need around 50 000IU of Beta Carotene per day or 1-2 glasses of freshly squeezed carrot juice.
How long does it take to see the effects of the Beta Carotene Tan?
Some people see effects as quicky as 1 week, but the entire process can take up to up to 60 days. It takes time for Beta Carotene to be absorbed and to build up in high enough quantities in the skin before you see the full effects.
This is not something that is going to happen overnight so you will need to make a commitment for at least 1 month before you make any conclusions. BE PATIENT!
Side Note: I recommend adding Astaxanthin 10mg per day along with Beta Carotene to add a slight red pigment to your skin (more on this in the future).
Full Beta Carotene Tanning Protocol for Fast Results
Week 1: 2 glasses of freshly squeezed carrot juice per day or 60,000 IU Beta Carotene from supplements
Week 2-3: 1.5 glasses of carrot juice per day
Week 3 onwards: 1 glass per day
When your skin turns into the color you want, reduce your intake as needed to maintain (typically this will be around 1 glass or 30 IU per day).