Autumn is my favorite time of year. As pool days and flip-flops make way for bonfires and scarves, I can’t help but revel in the excitement of it all; holiday cheer, family reunions and comfort food are back again! Though bikinis and sunscreen are long behind us, caring for your skin as temperatures drop is no less important. Here are ten fall foods that will make you glow this season:
Pumpkins aren’t just great for carving. These orange beauties provide wonderful health benefits, including exfoliation, repairing sun damage and improving the texture and tone of your skin. Try a pumpkin face mask with pureed pumpkin, honey, a bit of lemon juice and vitamin E oil to give your skin a boost.
Pomegranate is a skin superfood. This fruit can help reduce acne, sun damage and fine wrinkles with its powerful antioxidants. In addition, eating pomegranate can improve your skin’s smoothness, elasticity and overall appearance. Nibble on the seeds or toss them in salads or entrees for a delicious and healthy treat.
Fresh is best! These tangy berries are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. If your skin is looking grey and needs a boost, snack on raw – not canned – cranberries. Are the berries to bitter for you? Try skin products that feature cranberries, instead.
Your worst nightmare as a child can now be your best friend as an adult. Brussels sprouts contain high levels of collagen boosting vitamin C, and eating these veggies can give your skin a more youthful look. Try sautéing 1 pound of Brussels sprouts with raw cranberries until soft, add a dash of maple syrup and balsamic vinegar, top with blue cheese and pecans, and you’ve got a tasty, good-for-you salad!
When you think of pears, what comes to mind? If you said “vitamin C,” you’re right on the money. Pears are packed with vitamin C, which is a critical nutrient for collagen growth. And what’s the benefit of that? Firm, wrinkle-free skin, of course!
Just because we’re bundled up doesn’t mean we should forget about our skin. Include these foods into your diet to shine, no matter the season!