Makeup and topical treatments can help your skin, but nothing is as beneficial or as long lasting as having actual good health, which is reflected in your skin. So, how does one ensure genuinely healthy skin? There are, of course, multiple lifestyle choices which are responsible for determining that, but the habit of eating right is by far the most important one of them all. If we provide our bodies with the nutrients needed to repair and maintain the skin from the inside, aided by some of the best skin care products on the market from the outside, nothing can match the resulting glow and beauty. On that note, we will take a close look at four of nature’s best gifts to us in the form of fruits and what they can do for our skin.
Often neglected, bananas are by far one of the most beneficial fruits known to man. Take a look at the following points to know why and how they are good for the skin.
- Potassium – Their potassium content hydrates the skin and improves blood circulation, which ultimately makes skin fuller, softer and more flexible.
- Vitamins – Rich in vitamin A, B, and E, it’s the perfect and proven anti-ageing agent against wrinkles, blemishes, and dark spots.
Banana can even be used to make an extremely beneficial face pack for topical use.
If you thought that oranges were rich in vitamin C, wait till you get a load of the kiwi! Consider the fact that in every 100gms of the fruit, there are roughly 98mgs of vitamin C, as opposed to 54mgs/100gms in oranges. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) plays a crucial role in the synthesis of collagen; the single most important protein necessary for healthy, supple, and young-looking skin. Add to that the fact that it’s also a powerful antioxidant and kiwi instantly becomes a super fruit for the skin.
In addition to the positive properties of being rich in vitamin C, as mentioned previously, the lemon is an excellent natural bleaching agent. When used as a cleanser, it can lighten dark spots, acne scars, skin blemishes, and may even out one’s skin tone as well. Drinking honey-lemon water (lukewarm) in the morning is a time-tested way of cleansing your skin from within.
The skin-friendly properties of papaya are world famous and the skincare industry uses papaya extracts as an active ingredient in soaps, lotions, cleansers, facial peels, and creams. One can use it topically as a face pack by mashing it up, as it will remove dead cells, exfoliate, and relax the skin at the same time. Whether you eat it or apply it on your face, or both, it’s great for your skin. The high beta carotene content, anti-oxidizing properties, and a unique enzyme known as papain in papaya make it a very close thing to a miracle fruit for the skin and the body.
This list doesn’t contain every fruit that’s beneficial to the human skin, but it does have the four most prominent, effective and well-researched fruits that you should start eating today.