Fall beauty foods are some of the best ‘food on your face’ treatments in natural skincare. It’s time to switch out that strawberry mask for one made with crisp apples or sweet pears. And while eating comfort foods like soups, curries and stews is an ayurvedic tip for finding balance in the fall, root vegetables are also great for your skin.
The red, orange and yellow hues in those root veggies are indicative of high concentrations of antioxidants (especially vitamin A and vitamin C) and beta carotene, which makes for glowing, clear skin that’s protected from free radicals. And if you find yourself reaching more often for warming spices such as cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and fennel, add them to your natural beauty routine at the same time.
Here are 9 beautifying recipes to whip up using the seasonal ingredients that make fall so fabulous.
The peak season for this crunchy veggie with a sweet, licorice taste runs from fall through early spring. Fennel seeds and juice have been used for centuries to soothe upset tummies. Used on the skin, fennel acts as a diuretic to reduce inflammation, puffiness, and the appearance of wrinkles. The antiseptic properties in this fennel toner make it great for controlling oily skin and acne.
Fall Beauty Ingredient: Apples
Apples are a naturally potent source of malic acid, which boosts immunity, detoxifies metals from our bodies, and contributes to overall healthy skin. Combing apple cider vinegar with apples ups the dose of gentle, natural acids that clear away dead skin cells. This At-Home Apple Skin Peel is particularly helpful for evening out complexions, especially if you have age spots or sun damage.
Fall Beauty Ingredient: Pumpkin
Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) which gently exfoliate the skin to increase cell turnover. Rich in antioxidant vitamin A and vitamin C, pumpkin helps soften and brighten the skin. Add a little pumpkin to your fall routine with a Pumpkin Apple Face Mask.
Fall Beauty Ingredient: Cinnamon
Cinnamon stimulates blood flow and draws nutrients and oxygen to the surface of the skin, leaving skin bright and glowing. It also has mild antibacterial effects. Try this Cinnamon Flax Exfoliating Face Mask for exfoliation or a Cinnamon Honey mask for dry skin.
Cinnamon can irritate some skin so do a patch test before applying it to your face. Don’t be alarmed if you feel heat in your face, and even a little pulsing, all results of increased circulation.
Fall Beauty Ingredient: Ginger
Ginger is warming when used on the skin because it gets your blood moving. Blood flow brings added nutrients and oxygen to the surface, nourishing the scalp and hair follicles. Massage your scalp with warm Ginger Hair Oil to condition your hair and stimulate hair growth.
Fall Beauty Ingredient: Carrot
Carrots are a natural way to get retinol, one of the best wrinkle-fighting ingredients. The beta-carotene in carrots is converted to retinol when applied to the skin, helping to regenerate cells and soften skin. Try this Carrot Eye Mask for fine lines and crow’s feet. (It’s okay to use it all over your face, too!)
Fall Beauty Ingredient: Sage
Add sage to your skincare for its natural acids that remove dead skin cells while providing vitamin A and calcium. Combine sage with soothing cucumber and oatmeal for an anti-inflammatory Calming Cucumber Mask that’s perfect for red, windburned cheeks.
Fall Beauty Ingredient: Pear
Pears fight free radicals and environmental damage thanks to vitamins A, C, and K. They also act as natural anti-inflammatory to reduce skin irritation or redness. Get the skin benefits of pear and black tea with this antioxidant-rich Chai Pear Sugar Scrub.