Just when you think you have enough problems to deal with, your skin starts acting weird. You look in the mirror and see dull and pigmented skin or an acne-filled face staring back at you. But why is your skin screaming for help? Is it due to dust, pollution, radiation, or chemicals? Here’s what I have to say…
Harsh but true, your skin is the victim of your poor lifestyle choices and ignorance (and dust and pollution). Maybe you are not blessed with the “perfect skin” genes, but you can turn that around if pay attention to what you eat and what you apply to your skin. And the best way to rejuvenate your skin is to consume fruits and apply a fruit mask every alternate day. Invest 10 minutes of your time every day in doing this and see a visible difference in two weeks’ time.
Want to know which fruits to eat and which ones to apply? Well, this article has all that information. All you have to do is read on to get flawless and glowing skin without having to resort to makeup or expensive skin treatments. Let’s begin.
Lemons are natural bleaching agents. They are rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that helps flush out toxins and protect the skin from photodamage and hyperpigmentation (1). So, if you have uneven pigmentation, dark spots, acne scars, or keratinization, try using lemon to get glowing skin. Here’s how you can use it.
Papayas contain vitamins A, C, B, pantothenic acid, and folate and minerals such as copper, potassium, and magnesium. They also contain enzymes like papain and chymopapain that help prevent skin damage by free radicals and have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Consuming papaya can help prevent constipation, which is one of the reasons for poor skin health. It can also help treat warts, eczema, corns, and cutaneous tubercles (2). Scientists have also found that papaya can help heal wounds and chronic skin ulcers (3), (4). So, if you have digestive issues, scars, and pigmentation, you must include papaya in your diet and beauty regimen. Here’s how to use it.
Avocado is rich in healthy fats, dietary fiber, and vitamins E, A, C, K, B6, niacin, folate, and pantothenic acid. It has antioxidant properties that help reduce oxidative damage, which, in turn, prevents DNA damage. Consuming avocado can promote healthy aging as it is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin that protect your skin from UV radiation. The healthy fats in avocados help retain the skin’s elasticity, reduce inflammation, and speed up wound healing (5). Here’s how you can use avocado to get clear and flawless skin.
The sweet, juicy, and pulpy orange has a vibrant color and intoxicating smell. This fruit can also work wonders for your skin. Like lemons, oranges too are rich in vitamin C – 100 grams of oranges contain 54 milligrams of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. This means that oranges can help prevent oxidative damage, photodamage, DNA damage, reduce inflammation, and aid collagen synthesis (6), (7). Now, let me tell you how to include oranges in your daily life.
Red, fleshy, watery, sweet, and refreshing – I just cannot get enough of watermelon. And what’s more, it is great for your skin too, especially if you have oily and acne-prone skin. Watermelon has dietary fiber (0.4%), water (92%), carbs (7.55%), sugar (0.4%), vitamins C, A, B1, and B6, carotenoids, flavonoids, and lycopene. It has zero fat and is cholesterol-free (8). Lycopene helps in scavenging the free oxygen radicals and prevents skin damage (9). Water helps to flush out toxins and improve bowel movement. Here’s how you can use watermelon to achieve clear skin.
A fresh green cucumber has a typical aroma that can make you feel fresh even without eating it. Like watermelons, cucumbers are also very high in water content, have a cooling effect on the body, and possess antioxidant properties (10). Unpeeled cucumbers are also rich in vitamins K and C and dietary fiber. Scientists have found that sea cucumbers can be used for skin whitening and reducing wrinkles (11). Here’s how you can use cucumbers to heal your skin.
The sweet and fleshy mangoes work amazingly well when it comes to rejuvenating the skin. They are rich in vitamins A, E, C, and K, flavonoids, polyphenolics, beta-carotene, and xanthophylls. This is why mangoes help protect your skin from DNA damage and inflammation (12). They are also rich in sugar and dietary fiber, which helps treat constipation. In fact, mangoes are already used in the cosmetic industry to create hair and skin butters that have shown wound healing properties (13). Here are different ways in which you can use mangoes to rejuvenate your skin.
Do you feel you are overexposed to pollution and the sun? Then, you must read how this delicious and gorgeous fruit can benefit your skin. Pomegranates are rich in vitamins C, K, and folate, and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium (14). In fact, the peel, the membrane, and the edible seeds are loaded with antioxidants (ellagic acid) that help protect the skin from UV-A and UV-B damage and skin pigmentation (15), (16), (17). Scientists were also successful in regenerating human dermis and epidermis in the laboratory using pomegranate (18). So, clearly, you cannot avoid this fruit. Here’s how you can use it to treat all your skin problems.
Not many of us like to eat bananas, but those who do can tell you that they rarely experience constipation. Moreover, a friend of mine recently recommended that I use banana peel to remove acne scars, and it did work really well. The scientific explanation behind banana’s exceptional skin healing properties is that it is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, K, E, and folate, and minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium (19). It is a very good natural moisturizer and has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties (20), (21). Here’s how you can use a banana in various ways to get a glowing skin.
I always wondered who ate Apple’s apple. Probably, Eve ate it to cure her skin problems! Well, you can do it too. Apples are rich in vitamins A and C, dietary fiber, potassium, calcium, and magnesium (22). They have antioxidant properties and help scavenge the harmful free oxygen radicals. The peel of the apple has also been found to be rich in antioxidants (23). So, the next time you want to eat an apple, do not peel it. Wash it thoroughly to remove dirt and bacteria. Here’s how you may use it to get flawless skin.
Gooseberry or amla is sour and loaded with vitamin C (24). Hence, it is no wonder that gooseberry has antioxidant properties. Gooseberries also have anti-inflammatory, wound healing, and GI tract soothing properties (25). Moreover, it has been confirmed by scientists that gooseberries promote procollagen production (26). That’s the reason gooseberries are highly sought after by the cosmetic industry. But you can treat your skin using amla at home. Here’s how.
If your skin is acne prone, here’s some good news. You can simply eat or apply strawberries to get clear and spotless skin. That’s because strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acid, which is also known as salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is used in creams for acne treatment as it penetrates deep into the pores and cleans them. Strawberries also contain ellagic acid that protects the skin from UV radiation and prevents collagen destruction and wrinkle formation (27). Here’s how you can use them for your skin.
For those of you with panda eyes, kiwi is a savior! Kiwis contain a good amount of vitamin C and help protect the skin from the toxic free oxygen radicals that cause DNA damage (28). Kiwis also promote collagen synthesis and help prevent wrinkles (29). Here are different ways to use kiwis to improve your skin health.
The sweet and juicy apricots look humble, but they are fierce when it comes to protecting the human body from free oxygen radicals. They are rich in vitamins A, C, K, and folate (30). Apricots are also loaded with dietary fiber that helps improve bowel movement. And lastly, researchers found that apricots can help prevent endothelial cell death (31). Here’s how you can include apricots in your diet.
Grapes, red or green, are loaded with resveratrol, an antioxidant. Researchers have found that resveratrol helps protect the skin from UV damage and skin cancer (32). It is also a rich source of vitamins C, K, and folate and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus (33). Plus, grape seed extract has skin rejuvenating, protecting, and healing properties (34) (35). Let me tell you how to use grapes to get flawless skin.
If you want to make your skin glow, make sure you consume and apply a peach face mask. Peaches are rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and dietary fiber (36). They are also a great source of antioxidants that help scavenge the free oxygen radicals, thereby preventing DNA damage and photodamage (37). Here’s how you can use peaches to get a warm glow.
Sweet, red, and delicious, cherries are not only good to taste, but they also have the ability to repair and protect your skin from damage. They are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, K, and folate, and minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus (38). Cherries also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent skin damage (39). Here’s how you can use cherries to get a flawless skin.
The watery and subtle-tasting muskmelon can do wonders for your skin. It is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, K, and folate, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and sodium (40). Muskmelon has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (41). In fact, scientists have found that muskmelons can help treat psoriasis (42). So, when it comes to skin treatment, you should not ignore muskmelon. Here’s how you can use it.
The sweet and tangy pineapples are rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, K, and folate, and minerals like calcium, potassium, and phosphorus (43). Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain, which has anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and wound healing properties (44) (45). Applying pineapple on the burnt human skin can help remove the dead skin cells and speed up the process of healing (46). Here’s how you can use pineapple to heal your skin.
Prunes are dried plums. They have high fiber content and are rich in vitamins A, K, and niacin and minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium (47). The fiber in prunes helps prevent constipation, which is one of the reasons your skin looks so dull and is acne prone (48). Scientists have found that prune juice can help increase the weight of stool and improve bowel movement (49). So, if you are suffering from constipation, you should definitely try prune juice. Here are other ways you can use it.
These were the 20 fruits that can help you get glowing skin. Make sure you avoid eating deep fried and oily food. Consume more veggies, fruits, fish oil, and nuts and drink enough water to keep your skin clear. And if you want to accelerate the process of healing your skin, try working out at least three days a week in addition to consuming and topically applying the fruits mentioned in this article. Results are guaranteed. All the best!