Counting down the hours until it’s time to feast on your favorite pumpkin pie? This year, Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be just about the food! NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe shares some Thanksgiving day-inspired skin solutions to help your skin look as good as your food tastes!
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a key ingredient for most Thanksgiving meals. You can find it in apple pie, pumpkin pie, and mulled cider. Cinnamon boosts circulation, giving a healthy glow and transporting essential nutrients to the layers of the skin where collagen and elastic tissue are being produced.
DIY tip: Apply a cinnamon honey face mask 1-2 times per week. The honey will restore moisture to your skin and reduce redness, and the cinnamon will increase circulation while also ridding your skin of any acne-causing bacteria.
Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Pumpkin: These richly colored foods contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant which promotes skin health and texture, AND as a gorgeous added benefit they give a beautiful, even golden hue to your skin. These orange-colored vegetables are the secret to a golden glow without the sun or self-tanner. This is good news if your skin is milk bottle white, as these skin tones tend to show up fake tan streaks much more then sallow skin tones.
Dr. Bowe suggest whipping up her favorite beauty juice which contains carrots, sweet potato, cantaloupe, coconut water and chia seeds – it not only tastes delicious but has all the ingredients to give you healthy nutrients and a radiant glow!
Cranberries: This berry is high in collagen-building vitamin C and ellagic acid, an antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage and hinders the formation of enzymes which break down elastin in the skin. Try making your own antioxidant-boosting mask by mixing a half cup of mashed cranberries together with a half cup of yogurt (which contains probiotics, a healthy bacteria and anti-inflammatory) to reveal hydrated, radiant-looking skin!