Fare of Face: Lucky Foods for the New Year

On January 1, to celebrate the new year and help improve the chances that the next year will be a great one, people all over the world eat foods that are considered lucky. Many of these lucky foods have health benefits beyond just luck—so much so that you can often find them in your beauty products! Here are some new year foods that feed your skin and bring you good luck.

Pomegranate. In Turkey and throughout the Mediterranean, pomegranates are eaten at the New Year to bring abundance and fertility throughout the year. For your skin, pomegranates have powerful antioxidant properties. To try: John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil or Saaf Organic Ultimate Moisture Face Serum.

Citrus. In China, citrus fruits are associated with prosperity because the word for “tangerine” sounds similar to “luck” in Chinese. Your skin loves citrus, too: it’s used in a long list of organic, natural products, including Kimberly Sayer Aromatic Night Repair Cream and Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser.

Grapes. At midnight on New Years Day, merrymakers in Spain eat twelve grapes; one for each stroke of the clock to bring luck each month of the year. Both Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser and 100% Pure Red Wine Resveratrol Eye Cream (which is in my bathroom right now!) include grapeseed extract to moisturize and beautify.

Legumes. Resembling coins, legumes like beans, peas and lentils are symbolic of money—eating them at the New Year is hoped to symbolize earning power for the months to come. If you’re extra superstitious, try using Pangea Egyptian Geranium with Adjuki Bean and Cranberry Facial Scrub—the adzuki bean is also great for skin clarity and exfoliation.

What foods do you eat to celebrate the new year? —Aleigh 

(Image via Dey Alexander)

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