Feed Your Skin

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Feed Your Skin

Indulging in savory fruits and vegetables and warm, spicy baked goods is one of the season’s great pleasures. But did you know that this cornucopia also can benefit your beauty routine? In fact, the very ingredients that are hallmarks of your holiday meals are extremely effective skin remedies. “Apples, cranberries, pumpkin and spices are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants vital for a healthy, radiant complexion,” says Renée Rouleau, a celebrity aesthetician in Dallas. “They provide anti-aging benefits, prevent free radical damage and repair skin damaged by the sun.” For products loaded with these nourishing staples, read on.

Apples contain a compound called malic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that helps loosen dead skin cells and unclog pores.
Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream ($6; garnierusa.com) keeps skin supple with apple water extract.
emerginC Scientific Organics At-Home Facial Peel + Clarifying Kit ($90; emerginc.com) wipes away dead skin cells with lactic acid and apple extracts.
Desert Essence Organics Green Apple & Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner ($9 each; desertessence.com) work together to remove shine-stealing toxins.

Cranberries boast high levels of antioxidants and vitamins that quicken cell turnover and defend against environmental damage.
Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil ($50; sephora.com) penetrates lackluster complexions with a blend of seaberry, cranberry seed and grapeseed oils.
Apply Andalou Naturals BioActive 8 Berry Enzyme Mask ($15; andalou.com) one to three times a week to stimulate collagen and elastin production.
JASÖN Antioxidant Cranberry Pure Natural Hand Soap ($9; jasonnatural.com) gently cleanses and repairs dry, chapped hands.