It's been a year and 8 months since we last went on holiday, since we last stripped off and let the public see our bodies. Which I don't think there is a pantone colour to describe at present. Other than milky.
Bearing in mind we've not had many opportunities in the run up to the holiday to get our tan on, we decided to help ourselves along with beta carotene capsules, which we do normally if we remember, but felt this year was more important to, so that our skin has got some Vitamin A in it and doesn't have a complete sh*tfit when we get to Crete.
In case you didn't know what beta carotene helps with: it apparently strengthens your skin against rays of light - to accelerate the tanning process and reduce the risk of sunburn. Beginning a month before your holidays you can start taking supplements that contain antioxidant nutrients such as Beta Carotene, Vitamin A, C and E, which help to protect the body from excess free radicals that destroy healthy cells and promote the cell aging process.
We've also been taking Vitamin D, for a totally different reason. James is definitely a summer person, dark mornings and evenings really take their toll on him, and we even tried a lumie light, which didn't seem to work, so I figured Vitamin D would be good for him as we get most of our vitamin D from sunlight on our skin. Of which our beautiful country has definitely been lacking. For me, it is for the same reasons, but also my mum has osteoporosis which is partially caused by lack of Vitamin D, and I seem to be inheriting every bad health issue she has had, so am trying to delay or fight off anything possible!
I need to start taking the Lambert fish oils as recommended by Caroline Hirons, so that is my next investment when I return from holiday. Any other suggestions?