Fall brings with it a spectacular natural bounty, and many of these ingredients can work wonders on the skin. From apples and grapes to pumpkins and cranberries, these are some of the top fall skin care foods out there.
Pumpkin – Vitamin C, Vitamin E
When compared to all other ingredients out there, pumpkins contain the highest amount of naturally occurring vitamin A and beta-carotene, as well as significant levels of vitamins C, E and some of the B vitamins. Naturally packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids, pumpkins are able to increase cell turnover, while brightening and smoothing the skin. Pumpkin has also been proven to be effective at fighting against free radicals, which you are likely to have accumulated more of during the summer month, making this an ideal time to incorporate pumpkin into your skin care routine.
Grapes – Antioxidants
When it comes to skin care, grapes are usually incorporated in the form of grape or grape seed extract, and both have some great benefits. Grape seed extract contains a number of powerful plant compounds, many of which are potent antioxidants, and has been shown to have the ability to protect the body from sun damage. Grape seed extract is also a natural treatment when it comes to melasma, which are dark spots that can often appear on the face after sun exposure, making this another perfect ingredient to use in the fall, as it will counter any damage caused during the summer.
Cranberries – Vitamin C
Cranberries may be tiny, but they are extremely high in vitamin C, which is a vital ingredient when it comes to healthy skin. Fall is also the time of the year when many experience an increase in breakouts, and cranberry juice is considered to be an effective natural treatment for this, as it not only contains resveratrol, which is a compound that fights acne, but also has antiseptic qualities that will kill bacteria and keep the skin clean.
Walnuts – Omega-3
Usually found in skin care products as walnut oil, this ingredient is most known for its anti-aging effects, as it contains high levels of essential nutrients. While eating walnuts will also give you these benefits, walnut oil can be used topically as a moisturizer, as it is non-greasy but quite rich. It is also a source of omega-3, which can go a long way in soothing eczema and psoriasis.
Apples – Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin E
Apples are full of vitamins A, B and E, as well as a range of antioxidants, and green apples, in particular, can have some fantastic effects on your skin. The high levels of vitamin E and B in apples make it a great anti-aging ingredient, while the vitamin A, otherwise known as retinol, promotes cell turnover, and will help to prepare your skin for the onslaught of winter.
While many may try to eat seasonally, incorporating seasonal ingredients into skin care is not as common. However, in the same way that your body needs these vital nutrients from fall ingredients in order to thrive, so does your skin, so take inspiration from all that is around you when putting together your fall skin care routine.