Farm to Face Natural Skincare for a Glowing Complexion
October 24th, 2014
The phrase from “farm to table,” is familiar to most for a better diet, farm to face skincare is a similar concept for maintaining a glowing complexion. With all the fresh produce being harvested during autumn, the best spas customize regimes for their clients that source specific fruits and vegetables from local farms as natural face care for healthy ageless skin. Now perusing your local farmers market can take on an entirely new purpose: achieving a clear and glowing complexion using fresh produce. We know how good these foods can be as a part of healthy diet for the body, but you may be surprised at how great they can be when topically applied to your skin.
At her namesake spa celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas, has offered clients many professional DIY face care tips using organic fruits and vegetables, in addition to applying her nourishing natural products. Part of this skincare guru’s ethos has included promoting the benefits of imbibing nutrient-rich green juice: fresh leafy greens loaded with vitamins and minerals that rejuvenate the skin. Joanna’s Daily Serum was crafted with this level of thoroughly moisturizing enrichment as a primary goal.
Among the fanciful panoply of produce at the farmers market here are a few in-season choices to lavish on the body and skin:
Beets. Not the favorite flavor for some of us, but according to the Dr. Jay Carlson “beets increase the oxygen-carrying ability in the blood, adding brightness to the skin.” The earthy root regulates the lymphatic drainage to drive away puffiness. This veggie helps expel toxins from the body and the skin for improved cell turnover and visible youthful radiance. Beets are also loaded with a powerful antioxidant known as anthocyanins as barrier against pollutants.
Cranberries. Everyone needs the protective shield that these tart berries provide for dermal tissue. They pack hefty antioxidant content to fend off damaging roaming free radicals, UV exposure and environmental stressors in general. As an anti-inflammatory they soothe irritating dermal conditions such as acne, rosacea and eczema.
Pumpkins. Tis’ the season for carving your way to a dramatically more exuberant visage. As it turns out, our luminous jack-o-lantern is a perfect non-abrasive exfoliant for those with sensitive skin. Joanna Vargas explains that, “pumpkin pulp is also great for the skin because it contains beta-carotene (which acts as an internal sunscreen and protects against UV damage), amino acids (which strengthen the connective tissue and reinforce elasticity), and antioxidants which fight the signs of aging.”
Yams (or Sweet Potatoes). As a robust source of fiber they also have a plant-sourced steroid known as diosgenin that is anti-inflammatory and has age-reversing abilities. Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at New York University, Dr. Julia Tzu confirms: “In some laboratory studies it has been found to increase cellular collagen production.”
All of these foods are in colorful abundance at your farmers market. As we all know local is generally freshest, so your skin will receive the top quality diet it fully deserves for optimal radiance. Be sure to consult with a knowledgeable aesthetician at a reputable day spa before applying.
Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC. Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…