Advertisements have taught us to believe that creams and cleansers are the key to having glowing, healthy looking facial skin.
And while this may be true, it is only half of the truth: inner health radiates outward, meaning that what we ingest as part of our daily diet is just as important of a factor for determining how great our skin looks.
The following are some fruits to improve your facial health, so start adding them to the grocery list as your new form of beauty treatment:
Yes, it is a fruit! Packed with mono-unsaturated fats, they help prevent dryness in the epidermal layer of the skin both in the form of creams and as a part of your salad or dip.
As it contains Omega-9, it will also improve the general skin tone and texture of facial skin, fighting off redness and irritation.
If you find that your skin (along with your nails and hair) is dry and dull, know that avocados also contain large amounts of biotin that will combat it.
You’ll also gain long-term benefits from ingesting the fruit, as research has indicated that, along with other fruits and vegetables, consuming avocados increases your body’s ability to absorb key antioxidants and nutrients.
Avocado is packed with mono-unsaturated fats (photo: helpmystyle)
Know to be the “vitamin fruit”, it contains high levels in Vitamin A, C, and E, making it an antioxidant powerhouse.
This means that the skin will be helped in getting rid of toxins that clog and prevent the facial skin from radiating.
Naturally abundant in alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), it’s nature’s own version of high-end skincare creams.
Create a mini facial by peeling the fruit and rubbing or leaving the inner skin on the face to leave it moisturised and brightened. Because of its acidity, it can also be used to treat stains or dark spots on the skin.
Papaya contains high levels in Vitamin A, C, and E (photo: mercucita)
Unless you don’t like the taste of one, there’s no reason why you should not include it in your diet; it requires no time to prepare either, making it the perfect and quick addition to your breakfast on the go.
Composed of 75 per cent water, you’ll stay hydrated while reaping the benefits of Vitamin C and B6, the two elements crucial for maintaining the elasticity of the face to prevent sagging or creases.
You can also apply it on your face as a moisturiser by mashing a ripe banana with a spoon or fork. After 20 to 25 minutes, the banana mask is washed off with tepid water to reveal a transformed, soft face.
If you want to extract as much benefit out of the fruit as possible, boil the peel for ten minutes and drink the cooled water (or even throwing the peel into a blender and drink it!), as banana peel extract has been discovered to be rich in serotonin by researchers in Taiwan.
Banana contain vitamin C and B6 (photo: .435mag)
It should be in your shopping cart if you’re looking for better facial skin!
Lemon not only brightens and lightens dark spots on the skin to improve uneven skin tones, but it can also be used as a light tonic water for oily skin.
Additionally, there’s no need to fuss over scars and discolouration any more, as applying lemon juice to the area can help diminish those traces over time. If you struggle with acne, lemon will also aid in repairing your skin and preventing future breakouts.
Lemon can very easily be added to your diet in the form of juice or lemon pulp, yet boiling the peel of the lemon (or shaving it into small pieces) will be just as (if not more) beneficial, as it will lower the levels of toxins in the blood vessels to purify skin cells.
Lemon will lower the levels of toxins in the blood vessels to purify skin cells (photo: jaysbrewing)
All of us know its richness in Vitamin C, but it’s also important to note that most of its nutrients are in the thick peel, so facials and shreddings of it in your salad are the best ideas of how to use it.
The fruit’s antioxidants also serve as an effective and easy way of nourishing your skin so it can fight free radicals, which are highly charged oxygen molecules that cause wrinkling, skin damage and even cancer.
Because your facial skin is the most delicate skin on your body, combining ingestion with skin treatments based with orange extract is a sure way that you can decrease the speed of your skin’s aging.
Oranges coontain antioxidants which serve as an effective way of nourishing your skin so it can fight free radicals (photo: economistathome)
With Vitamin C to repair the skin and anti-inflammatory properties, strawberries are considered to be the tastiest of elixirs for youthful skin.
They are also packed with AHAs, making it a good anti-acne treatment when applied to the face as a toner after grinding and extracting the juice and mixing it with rosewater.
Ellagic acid, which it also contains, fights off the ultraviolet rays of the sun to prevent skin damage as well.
Strawberries are considered to be the tastiest of elixirs for youthful skin (photo: indervilla)
Follow this rule: the brighter and redder the cherries the better!
The redness of the fruit is a good indicator of how much nutrient it contains.
Cherries are also high in antioxidants, making it a top fruit for fighting free radicals. If you haven’t guessed it by now, antioxidants does wonders for the skin.
Researchers suggest drinking a glass of red cherry juice daily to retard ageing. If you want firm skin (don’t we all?), grind pitless cherries in a bowl and apply it directly on the face, leaving it on for at least 20 minutes.
Its Vitamin C content also lowers skin damage so start popping them in your mouth!
Cherries are high in antioxidants (photo: blogspot)