Brighten Up Pale Skin Tone—Without Makeup!
The good news about the beauty benefits of fruits and vegetables has just gotten better. Not only do these nutrient-rich food help fight the aging effects of environmental skin damage—they can streamline your morning makeup routine. <The pigments in produce perk up pale complexions. Natural Plant Pigments Keep Complexions in the PinkNew research reported on Web MD suggests that eating 3.5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day can actually put roses in your cheeks. According to the Scottish scientists who ran the study, the secret of that healthy natural glow lies in an important family of nutrients: carotenoids—the red, orange, and yellow pigments contained in our daily doses of produce. Some of the best sources of carotenoids include
- Red peppers
- Pink grapefruit
- Dark green vegetables (e.g., collard greens, spinach, kale)
Based on their results, the scientists believe that simply adding one additional portion a day can visibly brighten the skin in as little as 6 weeks. The Beauty of a Plant-Based Diet, Inside and OutFruits and vegetables are also a great source of revitalizing skincare ingredients. Instead clogging your pores with foundation and blusher, releases your skin's natural radiance with a stimulating botanical mask. Look for ingredients that improve blood flow to the skin:
- Hungarian chili peppers
- Sweet orange oil
- Lemon fruit extract
The key to avoiding irritation and lingering redness is a balanced formula. Check the label for rosemary, honey, eucalyptus, peppermint, and other calming ingredients. And be sure to follow your mask with a soothing toner and rich, hydrating face cream.