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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.


Plant pigments perk up pale complexions. Image: David Castillo Dominici /

Natural Plant Pigments Keep Complexions in the Pink

New 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

  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Apricots
  • Red peppers
  • Squash
  • Mangoes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Dark green vegetables (e.g., collard greens, spinach, kale)
  • Parsley

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 Out

Fruits 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:

  • Quince
  • Hungarian chili peppers
  • Sweet orange oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon fruit extract

Add warmth to winter-weary skin with skincare ingredients from the garden.

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.

3 Responses to “Brighten Up Pale Skin Tone—Without Makeup!”

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  2. He’d kill me if he knew I’d posted this online, but no there isn’t any medical issues associated with men using women’s skincare products. Whilst it’s not exactly socially acceptable, I can understand men doing it because of the lack of male skincare products. Men who suffer with painfully dry skin or excessively oily skin are likely to use women’s products as I can think of lots of women’s products that could be used to combat this issue but no men’s products.My boyfriend usually uses Clarins moisturiser and facewash from the male range, but if he runs out he’s straight into mine!

  3. Good point! Men need to protect and nurture the health of their skin as much as women do. I think the heavy perfume-y scent of many lines that target female skincare consumers is one factor that may discourage men from trying products that are formulated to address their complexion issues. A plant-derived product line that incorporate essential oils is the perfect choice for men who want a “masculine” alternative. Unlike the synthetic scents in many male brands, essential oils don’t irritate sensitive skin. In fact, they add important nutrients that benefit the skin. A light, fruity blend of essential oils like pink grapefruit smells refreshing going on but quickly evaporates so he can either go “scentless” or wear his favorite cologne.

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