The food that you put into your body manifests itself externally. When you feed your body healthy, nutritious foods full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, your skin will improve in tone and texture. A great way to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals is to pick fresh produce. When you select produce that is in-season, you not only get the greatest tasting fruits and vegetables, you also get a better price than buying off-season produce. Below, find our three favorite fall foods for healthy skin.
You can’t separate pumpkins and fall, the two just go together. Pumpkins are for more than just carving and making delicious pies, they are also a super beneficial fall food when it comes to skincare. All face types benefit from pumpkin, but you may be especially pleased with adding this to your diet or beauty regimen if you have skin that has suffered environmental damage. Pumpkin contains high levels of vitamins A and C, both of which help correct and prevent damage from environmental influences, such as sun damage. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can protect against and help remedy damage due to free radicals. Vitamin A is excellent for maintaining smooth, soft skin. Eating pumpkin is a great way to increase your levels of vitamins A and C and who doesn’t want another excuse to eat a slice of pumpkin pie? But you can also use pureed pumpkin to make facial masks. If you have dry skin, mix pumpkin puree and plain yogurt and if you have oily skin, use a blend of pumpkin puree and apple cider vinegar.
Another food that is practically synonymous with fall is the apple. From pies to cider, apple is everywhere during autumn and for good reason. Apples come in tons of varieties, offering something for every taste preference and they are a super versatile fruit when it comes to making meals. Although oranges are typically equated with vitamin C, apples are full of this antioxidant as well. In addition to protecting against and reversing damage from free radicals, it also helps speed up skin cell production, meaning your skin looks healthy and radiant. Apples are also full of B vitamins, specifically B5 and B9, which are great for combating acne and skin irritation.
Grapes are great any time of year, but the vast majority of grapes in the northern hemisphere are harvested between the months of October and August. The skins of grapes are amazing sources of resveratrol, an awesome anti-aging antioxidant. Recent research suggests that in addition to the anti-aging properties of resveratrol, it may also be a great ingredient if you suffer from acne. Resveratrol is a natural anti-inflammatory and it can help soothe skin that is acting up. Grapes also contain vitamins A, C, K and some B vitamin compounds as well as micro-nutrients such as iron, copper and manganese.
You can increase your intake of these fall fruits for better skin, or you can use these ingredients topically. Put apples and grapes in a fruity chicken salad, or make a warm pumpkin soup on a cold fall night. Eating, or using these fall foods topically, will help you achieve clearer, younger-looking and more radiant skin.