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Licorice - Licorice lovers will rejoice to learn that licorice root is an anti-inflammatory with excellent hydrating and skin lightening properties. GM Collin Retinol Advanced contains some anise extract, in addition to Matrixyl, retinol, and CoQ10. One of the key ingredients in Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum is licorice extract, used to control hyperpigmentation through a compound called glabridin, which works to inhibit melanin production. Along with proven collagen boosters and corrective antioxidants, this hydrating serum is a ray of sunshine in a bottle. Licorice also crops up in Jurlique's Biodynamic Beauty line, MD Skincare's Lift & Lighten Eye Cream, and Aveda's Hand Relief cream.
Chocolate - When a chocolate craving strikes, it is usually irresistible. You can get your fix sans calories with some Ikove Acai Chocolate Shampoo and Ikove Acai Chocolate Facial Exfoliate, both of which are packed with antioxidants and available exclusively at Whole Foods. If those don't satisfy your sweet tooth, check out any one of these chocolate-inspired skincare goodies. Pure Inventions Pure Cocoa Antioxidant packs in the highest amount of chocolate antioxidants that can be absorbed into the body. You'll get all the flavanols and polyphenols that your skin can manage, minus the sugar and caffeine that would typically be ingested along with the chocolate. PureShea's Chocolate Sun (SPF 30) whips up a delicious blend of aloe vera, grapeseed oil, and shea butter to deliver full-spectrum sun protection. Or mix up your own at-home organic facial with Raw Gaia's Raw Chocolate Face Pack, which combines raw chocolate powder with sun-dried red clay, turmeric, and amla fruit powder.
Caffeine - Guaranteed to accompany any candy binge, a caffeine high portends a hard crash. Luckily, when caffeine is absorbed by the skin, it leads to good things for your body. The acid in caffeine functions as an antioxidant and may protect against sun-induced skin cancer. Because caffeine is a diuretic, it dehydrates the skin and causes a temporary smoothing effect. Also a vascoconstrictor, caffeine tends to reduce puffiness. You'll find it in Kiehl's Facial Fuel SPF 15, which crams caffeine for extra sun protection on top of its two active ingredients, ensulizole and octinoxate. Kinerase Clear Skin Regulating Mask tackles excessive sebum production with the added advantage of some anti-aging ingredients like caffeine. One of our top picks for OTC anti-wrinkle retinol creams, Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 10X, keeps it simple with a concise, yet well-caffeinated, ingredients list. Men's skin can get an all-natural pick-me-up from a wholesome dose of caffeine in Payot Energizing Care.
Pumpkin - Last but certainly not least, the iconic pumpkin gets some love. Grandma's pumpkin pie was always a hit at Thanksgiving. If you were lucky, you may have gotten to roast the seeds and eat them after carving your pumpkin for Halloween. But the pumpkin should not be shelved away with childhood memories. My personal favorite pumpkin-flavored goodies this time of year are pumpkin granola and homemade pumpkin spice dip, and I truly believe Edy's pumpkin ice cream is what they serve in heaven. The best part about all these treats is that they are guilt-free since pumpkin is very low in calories (20 cal per 100 g). Of course I'm kidding (I am sorely guilt-ridden over the holidays), but in all seriousness, the pumpkin is a tremendously wholesome vegetable. Packed with protein, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, and essential fatty acids, pumpkins are often used in the treatment of many illnesses. Your skin can feast on the benefits of pumpkin as well, since its extract is an active cosmetic ingredient which contains amino acids, phytosterols, minerals, zinc, and Vitamins A, C, K, and E. It has been shown to stimulate collagen growth and to block its breakdown. Moreover, pumpkin seed oil is sometimes included in skincare products to help combat fine lines and prevent moisture loss, while pumpkin pulp helps exfoliate dull skin by digesting dead skin cells. Even pumpkin wine has made its way into a product, Mychelle Incredible Pumpkin Peel, probably to reap the benefits of the free radical-fighting beta-carotene in its bright orange flesh in addition to a slew of other nourishing ingredients. Lick your lips all you want while wearing Intelligent Nutrient's Lip Delivery Nutrition, which boasts a super-antioxidant seed oil complex comprising pumpkin, black cumin, red grape, red rasberry, and cranberry. Yes to Carrots Exfoliating and Soothing Mask features pumpkin oil, and its bright orange color will remind you of all the benefits you get from pumpkin!