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5 Fall Beauty Foods for Great Skin, Hair, and Overall Health

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If you’re worried about how the change in weather might affect your skin, it’s worth stocking up on some fall beauty foods.

These healthy fruits, veggies, and spices are filled with supercharged nutrients that do things like reduce inflammation for a balanced complexion and nourish your scalp for shinier hair.

Some you can add to your plate at meals and slather on top of your skin for benefits, and all are really good for your overall health, too.

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Now, who wants to sip some steaming hot chai tea while this apple face mask works its magic?

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5 Fall Beauty Foods

  • Sweet Potato

    Your fave tater is higher in fiber and nutrients than a white potato. Vitamin A helps prevent wrinkles and aids with healthy hair growth, while vitamin C helps maintain the elasticity of skin. You can turn them into nachos or roast them with sausage for a simple, hearty meal. Or, blend it up into a rejuvenating sweet potato-carrot mask.

  • Butternut Squash

    Another orange fall favorite, butternut squash contains carotenoids, compounds that help prevent acne by reducing inflammation and encouraging cell turnover. They also help strengthen your skin’s defenses against bacteria that can cause flare-ups and are helpful in protecting skin from sun damage. Go for a simple mash or blend it into a smoothie.

  • Apples

    Apples are rich in vitamin C, which is great for brightening the skin during months when sunshine is a little harder to come by. Pro tip: Spend a crisp, autumn day out in nature picking a whole bushel with your friends. Then, turn some into an easy brightening mask and the others into delicious applesauce.

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  • Honey

    Honey is the grand dame of beauty foods. It’s anti-inflammatory, can promote collagen building, and can be used in a million ways—as a moisturizing mask, a hair conditioner, and an acne spot treatment, to name a few. Drizzle it in your tea for the inner benefits and try this honey oat face mask for the outer.

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  • Turmeric

    Turmeric is a traditional spice that has picked up a lot of buzz (like honey?) in recent years thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Think fighting free radicals that cause wrinkles. Turmeric is also great at nourishing skin and promoting skin elasticity. Sprinkle some on eggs, add to your morning smoothie, or make a turmeric latte.

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