The drop in temperatures brings a rise in appetite. And then there’s also a ton of harvest ready to go into our bellies. That’s fall for you! From apples to millets, corn to pumpkins… this season brings such beautiful fruits and veggies to our tables. But did you know these are all great for the skin too? Oh yes, much of this fall bounty nourishes the skin, its appearance, and its health. Therefore, we have listed the skin benefits of fall fruits and vegetables here. So that you can celebrate the fall bounty this year.
An apple a day keeps dull skin away! And when it’s fall, you can do so much with red, ripe apples. Apple pies, smoothies, poached apples… there’s an endless list of desserts. And you should indulge in each one of them all through fall. Here’s why:
- Apple prevents premature aging of the skin. The catechins, quercetin, flavonoids and phenolic acid packed in this fruit ensures that your skin remains younger for long. Flavonoids also protect the skin from pollution damage.
- Many dieticians prescribe apple cider. This is because apple is known to aid in weight loss as well as glowing skin. Apple has citric and acetic acid, which not only protect the skin from any infections but also brighten up dull skin.
- Apple is also a good exfoliating ingredient, thanks to citric acid. This AHA helps clear dull and dead skin cells to let the fresh lower layer breathe.
- Your skin will remain hydrated with apple masks as the fruit has a strong water-binding capacity. Apple and whipped cream make for a good weekly hydrating mask.
- Apple also helps reduce acne and acne scars thanks to its high Vitamin A and C content.
Sweet corn may seem like a summer barbecue snack, but the freshest harvest comes in during fall. This vegetable is packed with several vital nutrients for the skin. It has Vitamin C, antioxidants and lycopene, each of which fights a host of skin problems.
- Vitamin C enhances the skin’s tone and texture, brightening any dull spots.
- The antioxidants in corn help slow down aging by fighting free radicals.
- Lycopene on the other hand helps reduce signs of aging like lines, wrinkles and uneven texture.
3. Brussels Sprouts
One of the most avoided vegetables in the world (by children and adults alike) — Brussels sprouts are actually great for the skin. They are found in abundance during the fall season. Visit any farmer’s market or superstore, and you will find a fresh cask of this veggie. Salads, stir-fry and soups are good options. Why?
- Because Brussels sprouts aid the skin in producing collagen, which maintains elasticity.
- Brussels sprouts are also rich in copper and Vitamin C, both of which help in keeping the skin looking healthy and radiant.
- This veggie, when eaten regularly, may also help reduce redness and fight skin inflammation.
4. Butternut Squash
This winter vegetable is a healthy alternative to a lot of starchy favourites like potato and sweet potato. It has thick and creamy flesh that can be used in pasta sauces and soups alike. What’s more, butternut squash is great for the skin.
- It is rich in Vitamin A, which is essential in anti-aging.
- The Vitamin C content in butternut squash is so high that one serving gives you half of your day’s intake. This means healthy skin that looks radiant, hydrated, and smooth.
Pumpkin is probably the most famous and the most beloved of autumn veggies. It has its decorative uses during Halloween, as well as makes for awesome soups, pies and muffins. And consuming pumpkin through fall will be very beneficial for your skin too!
- Pumpkin is high in Vitamin A, which helps keep the skin looking young and firm.
- Vitamin E in pumpkin helps the skin retain its hydration and remain soft and supple. Something we all need badly in this weather.
- Potassium and Zinc help combat any redness or inflammation, while other antioxidants support anti-aging. As the popular saying goes — nature knows best. So this fall, hoard as many of these seasonal fruits and veggies as you can. They are fresh, they are colourful, and if you are creative — they can be yummy too! For more ideas on pumpkin recipes and autumn foods that are good for your skin, check out the Savarnas Beauty Spa blog section. We are constantly curating ways to keep your skin happy and make your skincare fun!