Happy Thanksgiving! We're all familiar with the historical significance and the celebration of harvest that makes up the Thanksgiving holiday. And most importantly of course, let's not forget to give thanks! We, for one, are thankful for all things K-beauty and the precious time gathering with friends and family for a beautiful meal. Just the thought of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner in all its glory is enough to make our mouths water and drool. What, with all the stuffing, casseroles, dessert, and marvelously roasted turkey, this meal will inevitably leave you sleepy with the heaviest of induced food comas and your belly straining at the waistline. But while your mouth and stomach are enjoying all the food, that doesn’t mean that your skin can’t be grateful with a feast of its own, too, because surprisingly, some of that classic Thanksgiving food can also be great for the skin as well! Time to gobble up!
Warning: some pictures may trigger salivating and stomach growling.
The bright red of the sweet and tangy cranberry sauce is a must-have item on the Thanksgiving table, and with good reason, too, because it’s a super fruit with great skin and health benefits. Whether it’s slathering it over your face or ingesting them, these little red berries are jam-packed with all sorts of beneficial goodies great for the skin and body. Sure, you’ve heard that drinking cranberry juice is good for urinary tract infections, but what exactly is so great about cranberries for the skin? It turns out that cranberries (and often used cranberry seed oil) is a rich source of beneficial Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids (for excellent hydration), high antioxidant and tocopherol/tocotrienol content like vitamins A, C, and E for protecting and firming skin, and shows anti-bacterial properties as well. That means that cranberries are beneficial for moisturizing, protecting, and providing anti-aging care. How berry versatile of them!
Sweet Potato Casserole/Candied Yams
If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes and/or yams, we’ve got good news for you because they can offer some considerable skin benefits! Sweet potatoes are abundant in antioxidants like vitamins A, B,C, E and omega 3 fatty acids. Plus, they also contain valuable minerals and compounds like magnesium and anthocyanin (anti-inflammatory). It helps keep our skin elastic and supple (vitamin C), and protects our skin, and(vitamin a, c,e) improves complexion. Similarly, yams are also a great source of healthy antioxidants and minerals (like vitamin B6 and beta-carotene) that help protect the skin and promote healthy skin and body. Talk about yam!
As if you need another reason to help yourself to a heavenly slice of creamy pumpkin pie. Besides all the fun picking and carving those pumpkins, they're actually packed with some serious health benefits that can justify that second slice you've been eyeing. They not only contain fruit enzymes and AHAs, which are useful in refining and encouraging skin renewal, but they're also loaded with nutrients and antioxidants like vitamin A and C that help protect and provide anti-aging care. But wait, there's more! Pumpkins also contain plenty of essential fatty acids and minerals to transform rough, dull, and aging skin into a bright, healthy complexion. They're especially great for those with troubled or oily skin, too!
Green Bean Casserole
Ahh, that bite of steaming hot, creamy green beans with the perfect amount of crunch from the fried onion topping is enough to induce enough salivation for a sizable gulp. Packed with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including carotenoids and vitamins, green beans are a rich source of health, hair, and skin bolstering agents. The antioxidants, in particular vitamins A and C, are quite useful in protecting the skin while slowing down its aging process for some helpful anti-aging care. Not to mention, their supply of fiber and minerals is excellent for promoting overall healthy, happy skin.
Vegetables: Carrots and Broccoli
Make sure to eat your veggies! You've had this drilled into your head ever since you can remember. But, really, vegetables like carrots and broccoli can actually be wonderful for your skin. Carrots, like most of the other food on this list, are rich in antioxidants and minerals, mainly Vitamins A and C. And thanks to these nutrients, carrots are great for protecting your skin and for delivering anti-aging care by promoting collagen production and improving skin elasticity. What's more, they're also a healthy source of beta-carotene and potassium, which aids in skin repair and hydration. Similarly, the miniature trees that we all know as broccoli pack quite a punch as well. Full of vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene, they're excellent for skin regeneration and protection for healthy, youthful skin. Moreover, they've got plenty of anti-inflammatory agents and are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids to help you look and feel fabulous. If you carrot all about your skin, make sure to chow down on some veggies!
Corn/maize is, of course, an iconic element of the Thanksgiving holiday. Much like its delicous versatility in food preparations, corn has a myriad of health and skin benefits. In addition to all the great health benefits that corn can bring to the table such as aiding in management of certain diseases and health issues, and supplying nutrients for the body, they're also packed with, you've guessed it, a load of the recurring minerals and nutrients like vitamin A and beta-carotene. Along with the other beneficial vegetables, they contain much of the antioxidants helpful for protecting the skin and providing anti-aging care as well. Plus, on top of that, corn oil contains linoleic acid so you can take care of your body inside and out. Amaizeballs!