It’s no secret that what we eat has a direct impact on our skin. Fruits, vegetables and herbs can enhance our skin as well as our diets. But did you know that they can also be beneficial when applied topically in your skin care regimen?
Read on to discover how three well-known culinary favorites can rev up your beauty routine.
Cranberries (Oxycoccus Vaccinum) grow in bogs throughout the northern hemisphere’s cooler regions on evergreen shrubs and creeping vines. A major commercial crop in the U.S. and Canada, most cranberries commercially grown are processed into juice, jam, and sauce and sweetened and dried. The deep red berries, which ripen in the fall, are considered a superfruit, due to their high antioxidant and nutrient content. In fact, it is the red color (due to the concentration of anthocyanins) that gives cranberries their antioxidant and anti–inflammatory properties, making cranberry a perfect ingredient for anti–aging creams and skin–soothing masks. Look for cranberry in these products:
Pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) are a variety of squash that are typically round, with smooth, ribbed deep yellow to orange skin. Native to North America, commercially grown pumpkins are widely used for both food and decoration. Most parts are edible, including the shell, seeds, flowers and leaves. Rich in Vitamins A and C, pumpkin is beneficial not only in our diets but also in our skin care routines. Pumpkin enzyme encourages cell turnover, helps to brighten dull skin and increases radiance, making it a popular ingredient in scrubs and masks. Pumpkin can be found in these products:
Peppermint (Menta x piperita) is a hybrid mint, indigenous to Europe but now cultivated world–wide. The cross between watermint and spearmint is a perennial which grows tall with smooth stems and dark green leaves. It is best cultivated in damp, shady locations. Peppermint has a long history of medicinal use, treating maladies such as nausea, indigestion and abdominal pain. Of course peppermint is widely used in toothpaste and mouthwash, but it can also be beneficial in skin and hair care, due to its antiseptic and cooling properties. Look for peppermint in the following products: