Not everything about your skin has to do with the products you use. Surprisingly, the foods you eat have a powerful impact on the health and appearance of your body’s largest organ.

Expert skin care professionals suggest reducing the amount of sugar and processed foods you consume and increasing your water intake for great skin health. Your skin will also benefit from nutrient-rich plant-based foods that are at their best during the fall season. Eat more of these five beauty foods to enjoy healthier, more gorgeous-looking skin.

Brussels Sprouts

These small, cabbage-like veggies are at their prime during autumn, which is lucky for you. These fall veggies are a great source of Vitamin C, an important factor for collagen production, the protein that helps skin retain its supple springiness. Brussels sprouts also contain antioxidants that defend the skin against oxidative stress that causes premature aging.

Carrots

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If you use skincare products with retinoid, this ingredient is a form of Vitamin A (a vitamin that is converted in the body from beta carotene). Carrots and other orange vegetables are rich in beta carotene. Beta carotene is instrumental for the repair of skin at the cellular level. It also protects against sun damage.

Cranberries

The juice from these autumn favorites contains resveratrol, which has acne-fighting properties. Cranberries are packed with a variety of good-for-you vitamins and nutrients, including Vitamin C, phytochemicals, and antioxidants, all of which help your skin retain a healthy glow.

Pomegranate

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These fruits are super skin-friendly. Researchers believe pomegranates have proven anti-aging benefits, thanks to their potent antioxidant content. Vitamin C inhibits collagen breakdown to keep skin soft and smooth while punicic acid helps keep skin hydrated.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of beta carotene, which converts to Vitamin A. These nutrients heal acne and keep skin healthy. The nutrient profile of sweet potatoes is also responsible for fighting free radicals and helping the body generate new skin cells.

Want to eat more plant-based foods this fall? Other fall favorites that benefit skin health include apples, pumpkin seeds, and squash.

In addition to eating more plant-based, seasonal foods, improve the look and feel of your skin by seeing a licensed esthetician. An esthetician can help you developed a personalized skincare routine for stunning fall and winter skin.

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