Glowing skin is something that everyone wants. We don’t want to look pasty and ill all the time, even if that is our natural complexion.
There are so many skin care products on the shelves right now. They promise to cleanse, soften, tone, and do so much more. Sure, they might seem like excellent choices to make your skin shine and glow, but they’re also full of toxins. These toxins work against all the benefits that these products are supposed to do.
One of the best things you could do for the look and health of your skin is going natural. That means using ingredients that you’ll already have in the home. Fruit can be extremely beneficial for your skin. Sure, you’ve heard that fruits offer a variety of benefits to your overall health, but they also work to make your skin glow and shine.
But there are so many different options, right? Just how do you choose between them? Do you need to buy anything special for your skin care regime?
Well, here are nine fruits that you will want for your glowing skin. Many of them you’ll likely already pick up on your weekly shopping trip, but the others are going to be extremely easy to find.
We’ll start with the fruits that are the most common in shopping lists and then work through the ones that are still easy to find but not as popular.
Apples Don’t Just Keep the Dentist Away
There are plenty of people who say that an apple a day keeps the doctor or dentist away, but that’s not the only reason you want to stock up on this fruit. It’s one of the easiest to get because there are just so many different types of apples. Whether you like sweet and crunchy apples or prefer something mild, there is a type of apple for you.
There are also plenty of ways to eat apples. You can eat them raw, stew them, dehydrate them, and so much more. But when it comes to the skin, you want to use the apples directly on them. Even if you don’t like the taste of them, you can benefit from apples to make your skin glow.
Apples are full of malic acid, which is the world’s alpha hydroxyl acid. This type of acid is already used in other beauty treatments because it is so good for making the skin look firmer, healthier, and youthful. It’s possible to regenerate and renew your skin cells. You get to remove the dead cells without damaging your skin, so the new cells shine through, and your skin looks brighter.
The antioxidants in apples will also help with the skin cell rejuvenation and repair tissue damage. Antioxidants help to fight against free radicals in the body. It’s possible to reduce the risk of skin cancer, aging, and so many other problems that free radicals and oxidative stress cause to all cells within the body.
On top of that, you have pectin in apples—a lot of pectins. This is a starchy element that will help to drive away your acne. You can have clean and pimple-free skin.
Eating apples will help you get all the skin benefits, but you can mash them up to create a face mask with them.
Stock Up on Bananas
Another common fruit that you want to keep your grocery list is the banana. This is a fruit that is full of potassium, which does more than regulating your energy levels. Potassium helps with moisturizing the skin, which is essential to make your skin look and feel softer.
On top of that, bananas will give you vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that helps to fight against the free radicals in your body. You rejuvenate your skin cells, repairing damage from environmental toxins and everyday stresses or trauma. And then you also have vitamins A and B, which help the body in so many other ways. They help to repair tissue damage, support the collagen production, and improve the softness of your skin.
You’ll have skin that is fuller, brighter, and supplier. It’s possible to get rid of the signs of aging, including wrinkles and fine lines. These signs will take away from the brighter and fresher skin.
All those nutrients will help to improve the elasticity within the skin. Rather than sagging or tearing in the middle layers, the skin can move fluidly, and there are fewer blemishes.
It’s very easy to use bananas for your skin. You can eat them, but you can also mix with some honey and create a face mask with them. You can even add in some apples to get a mixture of benefits with your fruit.
Use the Fat from Avocados
Avocados regularly get an unfairly bad reputation. They’re full of fat, so people instantly believe that they’re bad for you. Oprah Winfrey has started changing that mindset recently, as she admitted that she still eats avocados daily. While there are fats in avocados, there are healthy fats in them.
But you don’t need to eat them to get all the benefits. The fats and oils are perfect for glowing skin. These oils seep straight into the pores and help to moisturize and soften the skin. There is this belief that those with oily skin can’t add more oils without making their skin look greasy and unhealthy. However, the body’s natural oil production is increased because of dehydrated skin. By adding more oil, you tell the body that there’s no need to produce as many natural oils, helping to get rid of the problem of oily skin.
At the same time, avocados are full of vitamin B7, which is also known as biotin. This helps to regenerate and repair calls, meaning the skin layers repair quicker. The nails and hair will grow quicker, and the whole-body benefits from healthier, new cells.
There is also a lot of vitamin E within avocados. We’ve already looked at just how your skin will benefit from more antioxidants like vitamin E. There’s a reason beauty products will add vitamin E to them—it is that good, and you can get it completely naturally.
Stock Up on Your Lemons
This is another common fruit in the grocery list. Lemons just add so much flavor to water and food. Whether you use the juice or the zest, you will make everything taste sweeter to help curb those sugar cravings.
Lemon is also highly recommended in the majority of beauty products because it is so effective. The acid in lemons offers multiple benefits. It will cleanse the skin, killing bacteria that cause acne daily. It unclogs the pores with the grime that leaves your skin feeling greasier than it should. The acid will also help to brighten the skin. It makes your skin look lighter and whiter—lemons are known as “nature’s bleach” for a reason.
While cleansing and brightening, lemons are full of vitamin C. This vitamin helps to support the immune system and will further help to kill the bacteria that grow in the pores and cause acne.
One of the quickest ways to improve your skin with lemons is to add slices to your water. Start your day with a glass of lemon water, maybe with a dash of honey to add a little extra vitamin C. There’s no need to put it on your skin if you don’t want.
If you do want to add it to your skin directly, make sure you dilute the citric acid a little. The problem with lemons is that the acid is strong. Those with sensitive skin can feel the acid burn.
Another downside to lemons is that they make the skin temporarily more susceptible to sunburn and damage. Cover up with sunscreen or avoid the sun where possible.
Consider Adding Plums to Your Shopping List
Moving onto the fruits that aren’t as common, we’ll touch on plums. You’ll see them a lot, especially during the summer months. They are mild but sweet and tend to be extremely juicy. These elements will benefit you. Not only do you help to curb your sugar cravings (good for the whole health) but you get more liquid to hydrate the body.
Plums are excellent to eat because of the fiber content. Did you know that most of your immune system is in your gut? When the gut is acting against you, your skin starts to suffer. You’ll end up with more breakouts, as the toxins can’t get out of the body. Fiber helps to support the digestive system, making sure it works all the time effectively. You’ll reduce the risk of constipation and other digestive upsets.
You can also get some of the benefits by using the plums directly on the skin, but this isn’t as effective. However, the starchy goodness will help to support the collagen production, while the moisture helps to keep the skin feeling and looking soft.
Add a Pineapple to Your Weekly List
During the summer months, pineapple sales increase. They’re more commonly found, so the costs for them decrease. Meanwhile, they’re full of water and leave you feeling hydrated and ready for the summer.
But they’re not just good for your mood. They are excellent for the skin and will help you brighten and cleanse your skin to make it glow.
All the benefits in pineapple come from bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties. You’ll remove the redness after trauma or due to acne while reducing swelling and getting rid of the puffiness of your skin. There is more bromelain in pineapple than in any other fruit available in stores.
The bromelain will also help to exfoliate the skin gently. You get rid of the dead skin cells and bring the newer ones to the surface. All this is gentle, which is important on the face where the skin is more delicate, so you don’t damage the lower layers and cause scarring or other problems.
The antioxidants within pineapples will also benefit the skin. They help to rejuvenate further the skin cells growing and repairing. And of course, the liquid helps to moisturize and soften the skin.
While you can eat or drink pineapple, you can also create a rejuvenating and cleansing face mask. Another option is to add some pineapple to coconut oil and create a nourishing and glowing moisturizing cream at home.
Splash Out on the Strawberries
While we all love strawberries, they’re not always the cheapest options in the grocery store. Sometimes they can feel like a waste of money. All you want them for is the sweetness, leaving you no longer craving sugary options in the home.
Well, they’re not a waste of money when it comes to skin care. Strawberries are full of antioxidants—in fact, all berries are! Antioxidants are known for reducing the risk of skin cancer, but they can also help to reverse and prevent the signs of aging.
At the same time, strawberries are full of that alpha hydroxyl acid, which is found in apples. You’ll get all the same benefits as eating an apple a day, with a little extra natural sweetness to help improve the overall health. Strawberries will also protect the collagen, meaning your skin is more flexible and toned.
Strawberries will clear out the bacteria that cause all types of pimples. Not only can you prevent new pimples forming, but you get rid of some of the most stubborn problems. They are also beneficial for cystic acne that tends to be within the layers of skin.
It’s Time to Get Some Kiwis
Now we’re moving onto the fruits that aren’t as common. You’ve seen kiwis, and you may get them now and then, but they’re not a common part of your grocery list. Well, they need to be.
Kiwis have more vitamin C than oranges—yet you’ll get the oranges mainly for the Vitamin C intake! 98% of kiwis are vitamin C. That’s how good they are for you, so you want to start stocking up. If you want to save money, replace your oranges with these furry, green fruits.
Vitamin C is essential for the body. The body can’t create it or store it, but you need it to support the immune system and organ health. Vitamin C helps to kill bacteria and viruses, so your whole body is left cleansed and healthy.
There’s also the pectin to consider, along with the fiber. Your digestive system will be supported, and signs of aging are diminished. You get rid of the blemishes and wrinkles that take away from the natural glow.
You can use kiwis directly on the skin. While there is some acid in them, the acid isn’t as strong as in most of citrus fruits.
Buy a Papaya Regularly
Finally, it’s time to get more papayas from the grocery store. Chances are you’ve seen them and thought about them, but never actually bought one. However, papaya extract is used in many beauty products because it is so effective. It’s good for soaps, lotions, cleansers, and peels. But you don’t need to get the chemical-laden treatments just to get the papaya benefits.
Papaya has beta carotene, which helps to break down all those inactive proteins in the body. You’ll get fuller and toner skin thanks to this enzyme. Meanwhile, you also get plenty of antioxidants to support the skin cells and prevent them being damaged by free radicals and oxidative stress. One antioxidant specifically, called papain, will help to remove the impurities from the skin and get rid of dead cells, so your skin looks brighter and fresher.
Eating papaya on a weekly basis is one of the ways to get all the benefits into your skin. However, you can also mash it up and apply it directly. Another option is to make a tonic cleanser with is so that you can clean out your pores.
Put Them All Together for the Best Skin Help
Make sure you add each of the fruits above to your grocery list. They will all help you in a variety of ways, including cleansing and brightening the skin. When used together, they can give you the best glow that you’ve ever seen. Your skin will look like new, and everyone will want to know your secret.