Thanksgiving is almost here! As you’re planning your turkey day menu (if you’re like me and still nailing down the final details, that is), consider this: Many of the foods you love to see on the table at Thanksgiving dinner are just as good for your skin as they are for your tummy. Here’s a list of some common Thanksgiving ingredients (and why they’re good for you), along with a few product recommendations in case you want to give them a try. Bon appetit to your skin!
Cranberry. Whether your taste buds prefer your turkey with cranberry or without, your skin can’t get enough of them—they’re a great source of antioxidants, which can prevent redness and inflammation, and slow the signs of aging. The powerful berry is a favorite in natural skin care, from Pangea’s Egyptian Geranium with Adzuki Bean and Cranberry Facial Scrub, which also has rosemary, frankincense and almond, to Melvita’s Extraordinary Day Cream for Dry Skin and Red Flower Essential Omega Fresh Berry Oil Serum, which also includes raspberry, strawberry, juniper berry, fir, rosemary and lavender.
Apple. I love fresh apples in the fall, and sometimes they find their way into my stuffing, although most of the time I am completely opposed to sweet additions to stuffing. However, there are other ways to sneak antioxidant-rich apples into your daily routine: Try Juice Beauty Organic Facial Wash, which also has honey, grape juice, olive oil, and carrot or John Masters Herbal Cider Hair Clarifier & Color Sealer (or try Julie’s recipe for a DIY apple cider vinegar hair rinse!).
Corn. No cornucopia is complete without corn in some form (cornbread, perhaps?). Corn is great for your skin, too. You can find it in John Masters Blood Orange and Vanilla Body Wash and Mandarin Maximum Moisturizer, and fructose made from corn is even in Afterglow’s Pure Soul Mascara, along with beeswax and rosemary.
Honey. We douse our cornbread in nature’s best sweetener, honey. But honey is also great for your skin—it has antibacterial properties, making it a great option for acne-prone or delicate skin, and it’s super moisturizing. No wonder it’s a favorite addition to natural skin care products.
Root vegetables. Iron-rich root veggies like carrots and beets are at their best in the fall. Burt’s Bees Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo (which is in my shower right now) includes sugar beets, and Yes to Carrots launched an entire line on—you guessed it—carrots, which are naturally rich in Vitamin A.
Herbs. No turkey is complete without seasoning, and some Thanksgiving favorites are sage and rosemary. You can find both in Dr. Hauschka’s Rosemary Foot Balm, and rosemary is added to a number of products for its ability to tone and tighten skin.
Pumpkin. Our favorite way to end the Thanksgiving meal is with a big slice of pumpkin pie (and another slice for breakfast the next morning!). Packed with Vitamins A and C, pumpkin boosts the skin’s collagen supply and makes for a clear, bright complexion.
And don’t forget—once your Turkey Day meal is done, relax with a nice, long nap. Beauty sleep is great for your skin, too! —Aleigh