Here’s a better way to give your skin a healthy glow without the risks of sun exposure or self tanners. A recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that a diet rich in carotenoids gives your skin a healthy color. It’s not self-tanning in a pill but the EVTene carotenoid complex, concentrated from Malaysian sustainable palm oil, may be a safer and more nutritious alternative to tanning.

Most of us agree that tans look great. But spending too much time in the sun may cause premature wrinkling, brown spots or skin cancer. Self-tanning creams and chemical sprays can darken your skin, but often don’t look natural. Worse, they may cause hives, liver damage or impaired vision.

A solution may be carotenoids, which can be found in tomatoes, carrots and apricots. Malaysian sustainable palm oil is also a rich source of this natural compound. Unrefined palm oil contains 15 times more carotenoids than carrots. Beta-carotene is the most active carotenoid found in palm oil. This potent antioxidant helps strengthen the immune system and has been shown to reduce cancer, heart disease and cataract risk, as well boost skin health.

In the Australian study, 30 women received seven daily servings of either high-carotenoid or low-carotenoid containing fruits or vegetables for four weeks, followed by a two-week washout period. Skin color was measured by spectrophotometer. Blood samples were also collected. The study revealed that high consumption of dietary carotenoids increased the skin color, similar to skin tanning effect, as well as plasma carotenoid concentrations. Color was observed in both sun-exposed and unexposed skin areas. There were no changes in skin lightness or redness. The plasma alpha carotene and beta carotene levels correlated with the skin yellowing.

“According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Rather than risking oneself under direct sunlight for skin tanning, high consumption of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables could tan one’s skin naturally,” says ExcelVite Nutritionist CheeYen Lau. “In fact, carotenoids are potent antioxidants,” he added noting that their long-term intake may also promote healthier and more attractive skin.

EVTene is a natural mixed carotenoid complex concentrated from oil palm fruit, grown sustainably in Malaysia. It has the highest level of alpha-carotene in the market.