The change of seasons ushers in a change in our beauty routines. Just as you switch out your wardrobe, think of doing the same for your skincare. To prepare your skin for the harsher weather ahead, why not take advantage of the rich, antioxidant-packed ingredients that are the fruits of the autumn harvest?
Choosing seasonal ingredients will help you ward off the dehydrated and lackluster skin that’s often a byproduct of the cooler autumn months. Look to Thanksgiving staples such as pumpkin, apple, cranberry and even cinnamon—found in several face masks, cleansers, and moisturizers—to lavishly pamper your body and face.
Below are seven autumn-themed product ingredients for an optimal fall skincare regimen:
Get on board the pumpkin craze and give your face a piece of this seasonal darling. Pumpkins, packed with enzymes, beta-carotene, amino acids and antioxidants, help protect your skin from environmental damage as well as dryness.
Try: Help reverse the signs of aging with this exfoliating Isvara Organics Facial Mask. $19, vitacost.com
This tiny tart berry offers an impressive resume of beauty benefits. Cranberries are filled with antioxidants, including bursting with vitamin C—key for increasing the collagen production that’s essential for skin elasticity.
Try: Brighten and hydrate with YAYA Organics Cranberry Organic Beauty Oil for Normal-Dry Skin. $33, vitacost.com
Similar to pumpkins, yams are healing powerhouses, full of vitamins and minerals. Rich in vitamin A, yams offer a dynamic twofer: supporting collagen and reducing wrinkles.
Try: Comfort parched skin with Jason Balancing Wild Yam Moisturizing Crème. $11, vitacost.com
A favorite fall fruit that translates surprisingly well to skin care, apple extract has generous amounts of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which help to slough off the dead skin that gives your skin a dull appearance.
Try: Give your skin reason to be radiant with Reviva Labs Swiss Apple Stem Cell Serum. $21, vitacost.com
The jewel-like seeds of pomegranates are your best ally in the to fight to reduce wrinkles and fine lines caused by excess sun exposure. This dazzling fruit, a symbol of abundance, has ample power to regenerate skin and prevent hyperpigmentation.
Try: Firm and replenish skin with Nourish Organic Ultra-Hydrating Face Cream Argan + Pomegranate. $16, vitacost.com
Wake up your skin with a gentle blast of cinnamon, which can stimulate blood vessels and bring blood to the surface of the skin, promoting circulation.
Try: Spice up your shower with Tierra Mia Organics Cinnamon Vanilla Body Soap Bar. $6, vitacost.com
Long revered in India and China as an anti-aging ingredient, ginger reduces inflammation and helps tone sagging skin.
Try: Increase circulation and cell regeneration with Andalou Naturals Body Lotion Energizing Clementine Ginger. $8, vitacost.com