We often talk about skincare products as being “nourishment for your skin.” But what if you could actually help to keep your skin healthy during the holiday season simply by incorporating some of your favorite foods? Let’s take a look at four common holiday recipe ingredients that are brilliant for producing healthy, glowing skin—from the inside out.
A favorite for use in sauces and desserts, the humble apple is consumed as a year-round staple. However, these fruits from the rose family naturally ripen in the fall and are harvested between August and October, making them our #1 fall food for healthy skin.
Some Like It Raw
Whether eaten raw or cooked, apples boast many benefits for skin health. Raw apples are high in Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps the skin to build collagen for greater youth and elasticity. This key nutrient for skin health also provides hydration and has a lightening and brightening effect—say goodbye to sun spots and blemishes! Raw apple can be enjoyed sliced with cinnamon or almond butter, tossed into a fruit salad, or used to sweeten juices and smoothies.
Some Like It Cooked
Cooked apple has less Vitamin C than raw apple, but you can still benefit from apple’s other key nutrients—copper and Vitamin A—in your favorite sauces and desserts. Copper is known to support the production of melanin, which is the skin’s natural coloring agent and is essential for healthy skin tissues and UV protection. Vitamin A builds and strengthens the skin while acting as a protective agent against skin cancer. Who knew that those delicious baked apple pies had so many benefits for your skin?
Our second fall superfood is the juicy cranberry. For many, dinner on Thanksgiving Day simply wouldn’t be a true Thanksgiving meal without cranberry sauce, so let’s find out what this little red powerhouse does for your skin while it tickles the taste buds.
North America’s Natural Anti-Aging Secret
The cranberry—one of the few berries originating in North America—is packed with Vitamin C, making it one of the best sources of plant-based antioxidants. As we’ve seen before, Vitamin C softens, hydrates, cleanses, and tones the skin from the inside out. It speeds healing and strengthens the skin’s collagen production for increased youth and suppleness.
Cranberry Juice for Clear Skin
Cranberries have natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and are a source of resveratrol, making cranberry juice terrific for fighting acne when applied topically. As an added bonus, drinking cranberry juice is a terrific preventative measure for avoiding urinary tract infections—score!
Chestnuts (Sweet Chestnut)
Chestnut stuffing, anyone? Fall is a bountiful time of year when it comes to harvesting and foraging for nuts (think of squirrels collecting for the winter), and the sweet chestnut is a crowd favorite. While the horse chestnut is better known for its medicinal properties and skincare applications, sweet chestnuts have a range of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that are beneficial for the whole body when eaten.
As well as being a source of flavonoids and antioxidants, chestnuts are also an excellent source of minerals (calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and manganese), and B-group vitamins such as folate. However, the chestnut’s specialty on the Thanksgiving dinner table is its essential fatty acid content.
Essential Fatty Acids for Stronger Skin
The essential fatty acids oleic acid and palmitoleic acid work from the inside to build the surface layers of the skin, providing moisture and making the skin smooth and firm. Essential fatty acids also strengthen the skin’s barrier against environmental damage, preparing the skin to stand up against the drier air of the winter season. So get on roasting those chestnuts!
Pumpkins and Pumpkin Seeds
No discussion of autumn or holiday food would be complete without mentioning the all-time favorite dessert ingredient: pumpkin. These savory fruits (technically giant berries!) make delicious purées, pies, soups, and even smoothies—and the roasted pumpkin seeds (“pepitas”) make for a brilliant tabletop snack.
Pumpkin is rich in Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc. As antioxidants, these vitamins and minerals contribute to youthful skin by fighting free radical damage and renewing the skin from the cellular level. Pumpkin is also great for hydrating and smoothing the skin for a healthier, plumper appearance.
Puréed Pumpkin for a Smoother Complexion
Up for a pumpkin face mask? The natural enzymes in pumpkin make it a great exfoliator that gently removes dead skin cells and allows moisture and nourishment from natural skincare products to penetrate deeper into the dermis for smooth, hydrated skin.
The seeds offer specific health benefits for tight, glowing skin: Pepitas contain essential fatty acids which help to build a healthy moisture barrier and protect the skin from environmental damage. They also contain magnesium, which balances hormones for a clearer complexion. Finally, pepitas are a good source of tryptophan—an essential amino acid that boosts a feeling of happiness and wellbeing. Now, who wouldn’t want a little more spring in their step after enjoying a hearty meal?
Celebrate Radiant Skin This Thanksgiving
With the range of natural products we offer at Ayr Skin Care, you can nourish your skin from the outside while enjoying healthy Fall foods and all their benefits. For lotions with a delightfully nutty edge, try our Pure Moisture Nourishing Face Cream and Tranquility Dry Body Oil. Both of these moisturizing treatments feature healing and anti-aging macadamia nut oil along with other potent botanical extracts. To enjoy the reinvigorating effects of apple extract, try our
And from all of us at Ayr, have a safe and happy holiday season! Questions? Please get in touch with us.