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Best Fall Foods for Skin

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.

Pumpkins.

Pumpkin
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.

Apples

Apples
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.

Grapes
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.

Using Pumpkin for Beautiful Skin

It is officially fall and the arrival of all things pumpkin is upon us. Seasonal favorites, like the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte, are back in full force and the uses of for pumpkin seem endless. From carving a Halloween pumpkin to baking that amazing pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, there is a pumpkin product that suits your taste. If you still aren’t sold on how awesome pumpkin is, this post may change your mind. While the vast majority of pumpkin popularity revolves around the cozy pumpkin spice flavor or their appearances at Halloween, there are other reasons to get excited about this orange-hued multi-tasker. Pumpkin is actually super beneficial for your skin, and the benefits of pumpkin added to your skin care can be enjoyed all year long, rather than for a few brief months each year.

Woman holding a pumpkin during fall.

Why is Pumpkin Good for Skin?
Simply put, pumpkin is great for your skin because it is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that your skin needs.

Carotenoids – Carotenoids are responsible for the vivid orange hue pumpkins possess. Alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, in addition with other carotenoids not only make pumpkins aesthetically pleasing, they also provide excellent protective antioxidants that improve your skin. Carotenoids are absorbed very well by the skin and the the antioxidants found in carotenoids help reverse UV damage and smooth the texture of the skin.

Vitamin C – This antioxidant is vital to your skin and has a multitude of benefits. Vitamin C helps protect against free radical damage, reduces inflammation and irritation, boosts healthy collagen production and fades dark spots from aging, sun damage and even post-acne marks. The added collagen boost means less fine lines and wrinkles on your face while the protection against free radicals helps to prevent more signs of aging from forming.

B Vitamins – Pumpkin is an excellent source of several B vitamins including B6, niacin, riboflavin and folate. Studies have shown that niacinamide helps control the popular rosacea issues, flushing and blushing. It may also help lighten dark spots on the face. Niacinamide is also used in the treatment of acne. Folate is a great skin care ingredient because it improves circulation which helps speed up cell turnover and cell renewal.

Minerals – The minerals found in pumpkin are many, but some of the most important include copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and manganese. Zinc is a skincare superstar; it protects cell membranes, fights acne, promotes skin renewal and maintains collagen levels. Copper, zinc and potassium not only benefit your skin, but also your hair.

There are already a number of beauty products contains including scrubs, toners and masks. However, using fresh pumpkin to DIY skincare is super easy. You can use fresh or canned pumpkin to create an easy face mask. Grab ¼ cup of pumpkin and whisk together with one egg. If you have oily skin, consider adding some apple cider vinegar, and for dry skin add a bit of honey. Slather all over your face and leave for 15-20 minutes then rinse. No more wasted pumpkin after serious carving sessions, you can save it and use it to improve your skin.