The summer’s heat is loosening down and your skin might be left sensitive and dry from all those happy days you spent out in the sun.
However, the arrival of dreamy fall season also means the return of numerous delicious seasonal veggies and fruits which can help in restoring the suppleness of your skin. As a matter of fact, most of these fall foods are some of the best things to eat in terms of improving your glow and beauty.
The yellow, orange and red hues that you commonly see with veggies and fruits when autumn arrives indicates the high concentration of antioxidants and beta-carotene for clearer and glowing skin that is protected from harmful free radicals.
And now, without any further ado, here’s our list of fall crops that will make up for all the summer fun and keep your skin glowing!
Fall season only means pumpkin season!
This quintessential fall favorite is extremely high in vitamin C and beta-carotene which helps in preventing fine lines and wrinkles and repairing sun damage. It also boasts high zinc and copper content, making it an excellent food for fading dark spots that are left by acne as well as preventing of new breakouts.
You can eat pumpkin in just about anything, including baked goods and smoothies. Or you can even make a squash main dish and make it the star of your dinner tables!
2. Winter Squash
Winter squash is another fall favorite that has one of the highest concentrations of beta-carotene, lutein, and other carotenoids as well as omega 3s, potassium, and copper, which are all crucial for healthy hair and skin.
Squash can also help in reducing cravings for sweets so you consume less sugar, which can also do good things for your skin health, energy levels and overall well-being. Winter squash can be roasted or steamed, or use a soup mixer to create healthy stews and soups to warm the night. They also work perfectly as fries or even desserts!
Where to even begin with beets?
This tasty and vibrant vegetable may not have been your favorite one as a kid, but it is high time that you give it a chance if you wish for youthful, glowing skin. Beets packs several minerals and vitamins including vitamins B, A, and C as well as iron, fiber, potassium, and magnesium, which all helps in keeping free radicals at bay as well as preventing eczema and other skin allergies flare-ups.
Beets also help in boosting circulation and lets more oxygen into your blood, making your skin brighter and more beautiful. Juice them, steam them, roast them, or toss them to a salad— you can even use the tops, too!
Grab a big bag of Fuji from your local market or pick your own Granny Smith— just make sure that you keep Snow White’s favorite fruit in plentiful supply!
Apples made it to the top 20 list of foods that has the most antioxidants (2/3 of which are in the peel), preventing skin cell damages. This superfruit is also loaded with B vitamins that aids in fighting acne and other skin allergies and irritations.
In addition to a healthy amount of fiber, this fruit is also packed in vitamin C – so an apple a day will surely keep the wrinkles away! Plus, its natural anti-inflammatory properties can even help in reducing cancer risks!
All the more reason to munch on some Galas or Fujis, juice them, make them as treats, add them to salads, smoothies, desserts or even make them the main dish – whatever you choose, apples will not disappoint!
5. Brussels Sprouts
Also known as “baby cabbages”, these cute little autumnal cruciferous veggies are in season from fall through late winter! Loaded with vitamins C and A, as well as folic acid, these tiny sprouts help in making your skin look smoother and firmer while reducing the appearance of dryness and sunspots.
They are also great for clearing out the intestinal tract for healthy digestion that keeps your skin glowing. Equally yummy stir-fried, roasted, or steamed, Brussels sprouts are a great addition to your menu as well as skin care efforts.