Take Full Advantage of Fruits and Gorge Your Way to a Glowing Skin
Dealing with dull, pale and blemished skin? Is it crying out for help? Are the environmental factors like pollution, chemicals and dust taking their toll on it? Or are there other reasons that are responsible? Well, environmental factors do play a significant role, but our poor lifestyle choices and bad eating habits play a more prominent role. Radiant skin is our body’s response to the nourishment it is getting from within. Therefore, no amount of skin care products can make your skin look bright and healthy if you are binging on sugar-loaded drinks and junk food. Don’t lose hope though, for help is on the horizon and at home. Fruits! Yes, take advantage of fruits and eat them and also apply them on your face to energise yourself and make your skin glow with good health.
Enough has been said and written about the advantages of fruits – right from boosting our immune system, improving our digestion to fighting cancer and other serious diseases to name a few. Therefore, including them in our daily diet as fresh fruit or as healthy fruit snack is essential for our wellbeing.
Today we shall focus on how some of these delicious delights of nature work their magic on our skin.
Fruits are full of powerful antioxidants and other vital nutrients that help to protect the skin from cellular damage caused by free radicals. Here are the benefits of fruits, both to eat and apply on your face as a mask.
The Marvellous Mango
Rich in vitamins A, E C & K, mangoes pack a punch when it comes to keeping you and your skin in good health. Together with this, the beta-carotene, flavonoids, polyphenolics in the fruit also help hugely in rejuvenating the skin by preventing DNA damage and reducing inflammation.
In fact, mangoes are already integral to the cosmetic industry and are used in making body butter and skin creams and have shown to have excellent healing properties.
Mix mango pulp with rose water and some lemon juice and apply on your face. Wash off after 10 minutes and say hello to a glowing, happy you!
The Brilliant Banana
There are many remarkable benefits of fruits are banana lives up to each one of them. It is extremely rich in dietary fibre, vitamins A, C, K & E and folate. Additionally, it gets its exceptional skin healing properties from minerals like potassium, zinc, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium. All these benefits make banana a powerhouse of health.
High levels of potassium in banana help in moisturising and hydrating the skin, making it more elastic, supple and healthy. Additionally, banana’s powerful antimicrobial and antioxidant properties help in rejuvenating and softening the skin, preventing premature ageing and wrinkles and controlling acne. In short, banana does wonders for the skin!
Mash banana and mix with a little honey and apply on the face. Wash off after 10 minutes and marvel at the baby soft, dewy skin!
The Splendid Strawberry
An excellent source of vitamin C and salicylic acid, strawberry is a godsend for the skin. So, one can simply gorge on strawberries for a bright and spotless skin. Salicylic acid is extensively used in making creams for acne treatment as it can root out deep-seated skin problems.
Strawberries also contain ellagic acid which protects the skin from UV radiation and attack from free radicals, therefore, preventing loss of collagen and giving a clear and wrinkle-free skin.
Mash some strawberries and apply to your skin. Wash off with old water after 10 minutes. You can also gorge on some while you are waiting!
The Amazing Apple
Rich in Vitamins A and C, dietary fibre, potassium, calcium, Apple has powerful antioxidant properties and helps in fighting the free radicals and keeping the skin healthy.
They are a rich source of malic acid, also known as alpha hydroxy acid. Used in beauty treatments and products, it promotes healthier, taut and youthful skin as it helps in renewing the skin cells.
The high fibre content in an apple helps in keeping the bowel movement regular giving clear, blemish-free skin.
As a healthy fruit snack, fresh fruit or as a nourishing and soothing pack on the skin, this wonder fruit is a boon for the skin and general health.
Grate an apple and apply to skin. Rinse off after 10 minutes and see the difference. For dry skin, add a little bit of honey to the grated apple. Looks like Eve stole the apple from Adam and ate some and made a face pack of some and ate the rest, for that radiant skin!
The Outstanding Orange
Loaded with vitamin C, orange is a miracle worker. According to studies, 100 grams of oranges contain 54 milligrams of vitamin C! These powerful antioxidant properties of orange help in protecting the skin against damage from free radicals and reduce inflammation.
Oranges also protect the skin against damage from the harsh sun and help in collagen synthesis.
Take 3 tablespoons of orange juice or 1 tablespoons powder of dried orange peels. Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of milk, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and 2 teaspoons of honey and apply. Rinse off after 15 minutes and marvel at the glow on the skin!
Be it as fresh fruit or a healthy fruit snack; eaten or applied on the face, the advantages of fruits are a multitude. So go ahead and gorge your way to radiant skin.