The arrival of Autumn means the return of plenty of delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables that some experts say can help restore suppleness and luminosity to your skin. Find out how they can be the post-summer treatment you need right now.
Pumpkin’s orange hue is from carotenoids, wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin, keeping them from damaging the cells that fast-forward ageing. Pumpkin is filled with vitamins C, E, and A, as well as powerful enzymes that help to cleanse the skin.
Don’t forget about their seeds…Pumpkin seeds are a skin superfood because they’re so high in zinc. Zinc protects your cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, and promotes skin renewal.
Yams contain a compound called diosgenin, which is a natural plant-derived steroid that is thought to have both anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-ageing properties. In some laboratory studies, it has been found to increase cellular collagen production.
Beetroot reverse dull skin by stimulating the lymphatic system, removing waste from our cells. They can also brighten your skin because they increase the oxygen-carrying ability in the blood, adding brightness to the skin. Beetroot is also a source of lycopene which is a powerful anti-oxidant. Lycopene helps in maintaining skin elasticity and protects skin from harmful sun radiations.
Forget the canned versions. The tangy berry is best savored alone, especially if you’re looking to give your dull skin a much-needed boost. Cranberry are full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Plus, they are rich in nutrients.
This fruit will improve your skin smoothness, elasticity, and overall look. Pomegranates can also help reduce acne, sun damage, and fine lines with its powerful antioxidants, which also reduces skin inflammation.
Apples contain many bioactive compounds, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have even demonstrated anti-cancer properties of apples, including those of the skin.
As with other seasonal foods, carrots feature beta-carotene, which can help protect skin against damage caused by wrinkle-causing ultraviolet rays.
Brussels sprouts contain high levels of collagen boosting vitamin C. Eating this cruciferous veggie can not only give you skin that has better elasticity, but skin that feels younger and more youthful looking.
Plum mixed with yogurt and honey in a mask will improve elasticity and correct any sun damage that we’ve suffered from summer.
Pears are full of fiber and that means a slower release of sugar into the blood. Sugar means wrinkles and sagging skin. Pears are also high in vitamin C, which is a critical nutrient for collagen growth necessary for wrinkle-free, firm skin.
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