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Fall is here, and that
means it's time to enjoy some of our favorite seasonal foods again. While
dietary choices may not be a primary cause of acne, studies have shown that the
things we eat do play at least somewhat of a role in our skin's health. For
that reason, it's important to make healthy choices this fall season-especially
since sugary, high-calorie treats lurk around every corner. Here's a look at
four autumn-inspired foods that will help keep your skin glowing and acne-free
over the coming months.
Nuts are delicious and
nutritious year round, but there's just something about fall that makes them
irresistible. They're the perfect addition to any number of treats, like
granola or freshly baked bread, or you can simply enjoy them alone. One variety
in particular, brazil nuts, are high in a powerful antioxidant known as
selenium. Selenium helps promote overall skin health by reducing the occurrence
of inflammation, which has been known to exacerbate acne breakouts. While
they're definitely a skin-friendly and healthy choice to add to your diet,
remember to enjoy brazil nuts in moderation, since they're relatively high in
calories and fat.
From butternut to acorn,
squash is in season during the fall, and there are lots of great varieties
waiting for you to try them. Squash is incredibly high in a nutrient known as
beta carotene, which is responsible for regulating the production of skin oil and
keeping inflammation to a minimum-so you can see why this wonder vegetable is a
must-have for those looking to protect their skin from acne. Interestingly
enough, squash can pull double duty when it comes to protecting you from
breakouts. It's a great ingredient to create delicious fall-themed dishes like
soups and pies, but it also works well as a topical treatment.
You can even put it on
your face! Here is a recipe for a simple, homemade squash face mask to
pamper your skin this season. Use organic ingredients when possible.
Simply combine all
ingredients. Apply the mask to your face and let it set for 20 to 30 minutes.
Be sure to thoroughly wash your face with warm water afterwards.
Sweet potatoes conjure
up nostalgic images of delicious, gooey sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving
Day. While it's perfectly fine to indulge in treats like that from time to
time, it's best to enjoy sweet potatoes as unprocessed as possible during the
rest of the fall season. This colorful root vegetable is chock full of
skin-friendly antioxidants like vitamins A and C, but it also has a low
glycemic index-which means it doesn't have a drastic impact on your blood sugar
levels. Some research has indicated that spikes in your blood sugar can lead to
inflammation, and as you already know, this condition primes your skin for acne
Sweet potatoes can be
prepared in every way that a normal potato can be, so don't be afraid to
experiment with different techniques. Two of the healthiest preparation methods
include baking and boiling. Additionally, sweet potatoes can replace squash in
our face mask recipe if you've got some on hand.
When carving a
jack-o-lantern most of us toss out the seeds without giving them a second
thought. However, pumpkin seeds make a delicious and nutritious snack that can
keep your skin looking great. These tiny treats are high in zinc, which is
known as an "essential trace element"-meaning it's important for our
overall health. Zinc has been shown to regulate oil production in the skin and
promote the creation of collagen, which is a protein that's responsible for
keeping your skin elastic, young looking, and overall healthy. Like brazil
nuts, pumpkin seeds are somewhat high in fat and calories, so be sure to enjoy
them only in moderation. You should always roast seeds for roughly 40 minutes
before eating them, or purchase them pre-roasted at the grocery store.
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