How to start incorporating fruits in your skincare routines

Getting back to nature: How to start incorporating fruits in your skincare routines

Synthetic skincare vs Natural skincare: is it possible to include fruits in your skincare routine and get similar results? Find out!

According to the Australian Academy of Science beauty products available in the market contain about 50 ingredients each, and the average woman uses up to 15 personal-care products a day –that’s a whole lot of chemicals and wasted packaging, right?

Natural products have always struggled to keep up with synthetic products –i.e.: products containing ingredients derived scientifically in a lab using copies of natural ingredients– in terms of performance and efficiency, so I’m not saying that we should completely replace all our skincare routine. Hyaluronic acid and retinol, for example, cannot be found in nature, but swapping a few products for natural ones is the first step you can take to find the road back to nature.

Benefits of eating fruit

Fruits are a great source of water, and if you want to keep a plump complexion, taking care of your skin’s hydration is paramount. Tomato, watermelon, cucumber, grapefruit and strawberries contain a lot of water.

Yellow and orange fruits are high in beta-carotene; what’s amazing about this nutrient is that it gets transported into the blood and accumulates in the tissues giving the skin a lovely translucent glow.

If you start your day with a smoothie made of greens, fruit and lemon, you’ll be helping your body eliminate toxins, as fruits have a great detox effect because of their fiber.

How about actually applying fruit to your skin?

According to experts, while there is a lot of anecdotal evidence stating that fruits are beneficial for the skin, it still necessary to research this subject. There are, however, several fruits that can refresh your skin and improve its appearance, here’s a list:

Lemon

Lemons are rich in vitamin C. With age the body’s ability to produce collagen decreases, but fortunately, including vitamin C will boost the production of collagen and strengthen your immune system.

How to include lemon

Tomato

Free radicals accelerate the oxidization process and lead to early aging. Fortunately, tomatoes are rich in antioxidants –these components fight free radicals.

How to include tomatoes
Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants –these components fight free radicals.

Kiwi

Packed with vitamin E and C –as you probably know, they are powerful antioxidants–, and vitamin K –which reduces stretch marks and aids wound healing. If you include kiwi in your diet it will help you regulate blood sugars.

How to include kiwi

Watermelon

Watermelon is rich in vitamins A, C and cucurbitacin E –powerful antioxidants and it also has anti-inflammatory effects.

How to include watermelon

Banana

High in fiber and potassium, vitamin B6, they are great for your skin and promotes better sleep. Besides, bananas are easy to carry and a healthy snack.

How to include bananas

Strawberry

Strawberries are also rich in antioxidants and have an anti-inflammatory effect.

How to include strawberries

If you have read until the end of this article, I might have already persuaded you to start incorporating fruit for skincare purposes. Slowly replacing some of your industrial products with natural options is not only good for your skin and health in general, but it is also a big step towards becoming more environmentally conscious –isn’t that well worth trying?

Now that you know the benefits nature has to offer, you can try these face masks for a healthier complexion!

Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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