Inspired by You and Nature: Winter Season Fruits and Vegetables
According to the American Heart Association, the following are winter season fruits and vegetables. Knowing the right season for different types produce helps save money since they tend to be less expensive during harvest season. Of course you can still enjoy these fruits and vegetables all year round by eating frozen, canned or dried ones, but nothing beats the crisp taste of fresh produce! You even feel better too!
So… why are we talking about fruits and vegetables? I thought this was a skincare line. Well, at Rovectin, we’re not only interested in the largest organ of your body (your skin) but we care about you in its entirety – what makes you happy or sad, nervous or excited, but most importantly, what helps you stay healthy and well. We are constantly in search for active ingredients inspired by you and by nature to stay true to our mission of providing clean beauty, because your skin is such a significant part of you (like, literally). We wanted to share helpful information on what “fruit“ you put on your face and how your body can also benefit from it.
Carica Papaya Fruit Extract
This particular extract is used in our Activating Treatment Lotion to help soften your skin especially since you’ve just washed your face (hopefully with our cleanser, but we don’t judge – do you) and some moisture could be stripped away. In addition to smoothening, papaya fruit extract restores the lost moisture and gently exfoliates to achieve that supple and dewy-looking skin. This first step is essential because without the proper level of moisture, the next steps in your skincare routine may not be as effective or you may notice your skin drying up midway or layers beginning to “roll up” as you apply successive skincare products and make up.
Who knew this tropical fruit would be a core ingredient in our best-selling product! At a deeper level, an enzyme called “chymopapain” helps relief inflammation which is a common skin concern. Furthermore, let’s talk about the benefits when you eat papayas. Papayas are actually rich in vitamin-C and its nutrients can help lower levels of cortisol (commonly known as the stress hormone). For those who struggle with digestion, guess what? Yep, papaya is effective in boosting digestive health. The list can go on, simply put, there is nothing to waste in papaya whether it be for your skin or your body. Pssst… also, papaya season is from February to November – so…Get. Your. Papayas.
Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil
Technically, we don’t eat raspberry seeds, but their benefits for skin could not be ignored. This active ingredient is found in our Barrier Repair Cream Concentrate which is one of our quick fixes for dry skin. Raspberry seed oil offers a lavish dose of moisturization to quickly bring back a healthy glow and fortify your skin against dryness. Additionally, this active ingredient has anti-inflammatory features and antioxidant benefits for your skin. The cream concentrate lives up to its name because we truly wanted to rejuvenate dry skin quickly. Dry skin is not an isolated skincare issue because most of us experience dry skin one way or another.
Now, let’s talk about the fruit that grows from this seed- raspberries. Raspberry is what’s commonly known as a “superfood” because well, it has super properties despite its small size. They help boost immunity and is an excellent source of vitamin K to increase bone-mineral density. Though raspberries can benefit all, according to the American Dietetic Association, raspberries are especially beneficial for women – one cup of raspberries per day is sufficient to fortify against digestive disorders, colon cancer and heart disease (which is a leading cause of death for women in the United States). Raspberry’s peak season falls between July and September, but fortunately berries are one of most accessible frozen fruits throughout the year. Though not as tasty as fresh raspberries, the benefits of consuming raspberries are pretty much the same whether it’s fresh or frozen. So, keep calm and berry on!
Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil
Yeah, the name sounds.. scientific, but it’s really just good-ole peach. Similar to raspberry seed oil, this active ingredient is extracted from its kernel (aka the seed in peaches). We don’t eat it, but this peachy ingredient is found in our Barrier Repair Face & Body Cream. This sumptuous cream is a sure way to give your face and body some TLC. It’s one of our favorite go-to for dry patches from head to toe. Peach kernel oil plays a central role in rejuvenating wrinkles and quenching our skin by hydrating dry spots. Your skin will bounce back to its floofy, peach healthy state in no time once you apply this cream.
Honestly, I think my mouth watered a little writing about juicy peach. For some reason, peaches evoke a sense of nice warm summer and its sweet scent definitely helps. As you may have guessed, harvest season for peach is between late June through August (it can vary depending on different states). It’d be hard to find fresh peach right now, but how about a toasty hot peach cobbler? Just kidding, back to the actual peach fruit. Peaches are known to boost immune system through three ways: vitamin C, vitamin A and their natural source of antimicrobial properties. Did you know that 85% of a fresh peach is water? No wonder it’s so refreshing and hydrating! Peaches also protect your eye health with lutein and zeaxanthin, along with vitamin A. More reasons to love and enjoy peaches! And about that peach cobbler…
As spring rolls in, we’ll take a closer look at another source of nature that inspire our products – flowers! We’ll be sure to be back with more fruits and vegetable tips as well.
In the meantime, here are some helpful places to check out if you’d like to know what is in season according to where you live, it’s pretty eye-opening and you’ll realize there is so much fabulous produce out there! This may be a chance to explore and support your local farmer’s market as well.