What’s the only thing that makes me look forward to the end of summer?
This sweet and fuzzy fruit is now ready for harvest here in southern Ontario, which obviously calls for a paleo peach cobbler with coconut whipped cream. Aside from being downright delicious, the peaches in this recipe have a number of skin benefits as well.
And if you’re a big fan of peaches (like I am!), you’ll also love these two recipes: Seared Peaches & Cream with Cinnamon Toasted Almonds or Peaches & Cream Galette.
Before we get into the advantages of peaches for the skin, we need to chat about where you source your peaches from. Personally, I picked these peaches up from Bizjak Farms — they’re a wonderful family owned farm transitioning to organic.
Buying local produce is something I suggest for all of my clients in The Clear Skin Solution, and I would encourage you to do the same for many reasons. First up, purchasing food grown in your community supports the environment by reducing your food miles. Local food has a significantly smaller carbon footprint than food shipped from overseas because it creates little to no air pollution or fuel consumption and doesn’t require shipping or packing facilities.
On top of this, local food is fresher, has a higher nutrient content, supports the local economy and protects local land and wildlife.
The peaches in this paleo peach cobbler with coconut whipped cream have a number of benefits such as reducing allergy symptoms and supporting the immune system. When it comes to the skin, here are a few more advantages of peaches:
Peaches have an abundance of vitamins and minerals, especially from the antioxidant family. Here’s a breakdown:
The vitamin A in peaches can help fight off acne and scars because it stimulates cell turnover, reduces oil production and then clears the pores. This antioxidant also decreases signs of aging, brightens the skin and protects your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. The vitamin C in peaches can stimulate the production of collagen. This protein promotes cell turnover, keeps the skin firm and strengthens the skin’s structural matrix. Vitamin E can moisturize and soothe dry, flaky skin and reduce UV damage to the skin.
There are two grams of fibre in one medium-sized peach, which can help promote healthy digestion and then clear skin.
Half of the fibre in a peach is soluble fibre, which feeds the good bacteria in your gut. These friendly bacteria then produce short-chain fatty acids like butyrate that feed the cells in your intestines. A healthy population of beneficial gut bacteria is vital because optimal gut health is the foundation for clear skin.
The other half of the fibre is insoluble fibre, which helps push food through your GI tract and adds bulk to your stool. This is the type of fibre that reduces the risk of constipation. Over in The Clear Skin Solution, we talk a lot about the not-so-glamorous topic of poop. Healthy daily bowel movements are super important for clear skin because it gets rid of acne-triggering toxins and hormones filtered by your liver and prevents them from being reabsorbed.
Studies also show that compounds within peaches can improve the skin’s ability to lock in moisture.
When it comes to acne, dehydrated skin can lead to irritation, flakiness and dryness. In order to compensate, the body will produce excess oil resulting in more breakouts. That’s why you need to keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and consuming food with a high-water content like the peaches in this paleo peach cobbler with coconut whipped cream.