Beauty Benefits of My Favorite Fall Foods
My approach to skincare is very similar to my approach to food. I look for products made from clean, healthy ingredients that are safe enough to eat! As the skin is our body’s biggest organ, a lot of nutrients found in our favorite fall foods like pomegranate and pumpkin also enhance the overall health of our skin when they’re applied topically. Our skin, like the rest of our body, needs nutrients like antioxidants, chlorophyll, collagen, hyaluronic acid, essential vitamins and minerals to be healthy. And our skin naturally glows when it’s healthy!
Below are a few of my favorite fall foods that not only taste great but provide tons of beauty benefits:
Pomegranate – Pomegranate is rich in Vitamin C, a proven skin-enhancing ingredient that brightens the skin, as well as antioxidants with free-radical fighting and anti-inflammatory benefits. Pomegranate peel extracts are rich in tannins that help lock in color pigments to hair fibers, which help keep hair colors more vibrant.
Cranberries – Cranberry seed oil is especially rich with skin protecting ingredients. It contains forms of Vitamin E that protects the skin, omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 essential fatty acids that moisturize, and antioxidants to protect against environmental stressors. Plus, it smells delicious and absorbs quickly into the skin. The fruit itself is rich in antioxidants including Vitamin C as well as potassium and manganese.
Carrots – Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a natural retinol alternative that helps stimulate collagen production, increase cell turnover, and smooth the skin. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from free radical damage.
Pumpkin – Pumpkins are packed with natural fruit enzymes and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) to exfoliate the skin. Our skin tends to dry out and build up dead skin cells during colder months, leaving our skin looking dull. The new Pumpkin Enzyme Peel from Savor Beauty actually smells so enticing, and it really works to brighten the skin instantly.
Beets – Beets get their bright red color from betalain, an incredible antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits. Beetroot juice is often juiced as a DIY scalp rinse to soothe itchy, dry scalp.
Sweet Potato – Like carrots, sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, a natural retinol alternative. It’s also rich in pantothenic acid, a moisturizing molecule that hydrates and nourishes the skin.
Guava – Guava fruits actually contain more Vitamin C than oranges. Guava leaves are just as packed with nutrients and have been used in Latin America and Asia as a hair and scalp rinse to promote healthy hair growth. The leaves contain vitamin B and C to stimulate collagen production, lycopene to protect it from the UV rays, and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
What are some of your favorite clean beauty products?
XO - Serena