Fall Foods for Skin Care
Fall is here and winter is steady approaching. It is the perfect time to think of all things nature and beauty.
When I think of Fall, the first things that come to mind are pumpkins, spices, yellow, orange, burgundy, love, cuddles, family, leaves, sweaters, hot chocolate, holidays, sitting by the fireplace, good food and so much more.
Nothing is better than hitting up your favorite restaurant and opening the menu to the seasonal favorites to add pumpkin in your latte or pear in your salad.
According to Women's Health Magazine below check out what some of these super foods of fall can add to your beauty counter. Dermatologist, Jeannette Graf, M.D., breaks down the skin-care benefits of six of our favorite fall ingredients.
"It is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, which helps to counteract sun damage and brighten your skin," says Graf. She adds that vitamin A is also known to help maintain clear, healthy skin. And, kale is a source of omega-3 and omega-6, which can improve your complexion’s hydration.
Like kale, squash is a great natural source of vitamins A and C. "They’re powerful antioxidants that help protect against premature aging due to free radical damage," says Graf. Squash also has oil-regulating benefits that can help those with oily or acne-prone skin, she says.
Pumpkin works as a natural chemical exfoliator (meaning there's no scrubbing involved). "It has natural enzymes which help to dissolve dried, dead skin cells on the surface of the skin," says Graf. Expect glowing results almost immediately. And, once again, vitamins A and C fight free radical damage to prevent harsh aging.
Think of this juicy fruit as an anti-ager. Packed with vitamin C, pears fight free radical damage, stimulate collagen production, and brighten for vibrant, younger-looking skin. Their high amounts of minerals are also a great way to help neutralize skin acids and balance pH levels, says Graf.
"Not only are apples a source of vitamin C, but they also have astringent benefits," says Graf. Therefore, apples can help tighten pores, creating a smooth surface. And as a natural source of alpha hydroxl acid, apples also contain exfoliating benefits for brighter skin. "All of this makes apple beneficial for oily and acne-prone complexions," says Graf.
"Grape seed oil is rich in polyphenols which provide anti-inflammatory benefits," says Graf. "It also has a high concentration of beta-carotene and vitamins D, C, and E for antioxidant protection against harmful free radicals." So, once again, a natural ingredient can slow down signs of aging while providing protection against environmental damage.
Hope you enjoyed the healthy skin care benefits of our favorite fall super foods! Have a great day and think health! :)
Source: Women's Health Mag "Fall Ingredients to Add to Beauty Routine"