When it comes to preparing our skin for the colder months, time is something we need. While our skin values consistency, as the seasons change so should our approach to skincare. As well as choosing the correct as products and rituals, as we transition from Summer to Autumn, our diet plays a part too.
To help you to eat pretty and achieve great skin all round, I’m sharing a list of seasonal essentials that you should introduce into your diet for Autumn. Autumn is the time to recharge and restore your skin, readying yourself to take on the winter.
During Autumn, apples are prized for their ability to detox our bodies from the summertime heat. Apple skins contain an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory pigment called quercetin, something which has become a go-to skincare ingredient thanks to its powerful defence against UVB damage. An apple a day ensures the summer glow will stay!
When it comes to beautifying your diet, Broccoli should be front and centre. Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C, making it a staple for wrinkle prevention and collagen building. It’s not just vitamin C it’s good for, thanks to a dose of vitamin K, it’s also excellent for preventing dark circles and varicose veins.
Unfortunately, I’m not talking about sugar-filled cranberry juice or sauce. Instead, reach for raw, organic cranberries. Fresh cranberries are packed full of antioxidants; in fact, they give blueberries a run for their money. Thanks to anthocyanin pigments, cranberries can help to protect our collagen and cells, lower ageing inflammation and increase our skin’s tolerance to harmful UV lights. Trust me; once you introduce cranberries into your diet, you’ll soon see that radiant glow.
Figs contain amino acids which help boost blood flow to our skin and other areas of the body. Fresh figs contain natural digestive enzymes that give our body the break it needs. Both fresh and dried figs are rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and manganese, all of which are good news for our skin.
Pumpkin soup anyone? Just a cup full of pumpkin puree is packed full of enough beta-carotene to give us seven times the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for glowing skin, healthy hair and nails and great teeth. Pumpkin’s natural diuretic properties also help to detoxify our bodies and reduce water retention – what a bonus!
Last but not least is sweet potato, an Autumn staple that will have you eating your ABCs. In a cup full of cooked sweet potato, you’ll get an incredible 769 per cent of your daily needs for vitamin A. If that’s not enough, you’ll also get healthy doses of vitamin B and C. This tasty little root vegetable will have you feeling and looking fabulous from head to toe as it promotes collagen regeneration, healthy hair and a good night’s sleep.
As I’ve been introducing acids to my readers in recent weeks, you may be curious to know which are best for Autumn. As we ready our skin for cold weather and indoor heating, Autumn is an excellent time to try out acids; lactic acid, which is derived from milk, is one of my favourite choices around this time of year. Once you start using acids, your skin will be more susceptible to moisturiser as it breaks down the barrier and of course, hydration is essential, particularly in Autumn and Winter!
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