Fruits are human’s best friend, more than dogs are, actually. What better thing to call a best friend than one that keeps your mind and body healthy, and gives you glowing skin? And if we keep more company with these friends that nature has bestowed upon us so generously, we tend to avoid a hell lot of problems caused by unhealthy lifestyles, added to the benefit of having gorgeous looking skin. Most of us do know that fruits are good for us but most of us also don’t always bother to include them in our daily diet. Reading up or coming across the many useful properties of each fruit can however tempt us to get into the habit. So, here’s a brief glimpse to the magical properties of seven superfruits with wondrous skin benefits that will tempt you to add them to your shopping list.
Eating bananas will give you younger looking skin and prevent premature ageing of the skin. High amount of water content in it hydrates the skin, preventing it from drying and peeling. Vitamin A in it further helps in restoring lost moisture. Bananas are good in-between-meals as they are loaded with potassium, which is a healthy carb that boost metabolism. They contain good amount of vitamin C and B6 which helps in maintaining elasticity of the skin. Mashed banana and honey makes a simple but very beneficial face pack.
Apples are rich in malic acid. Malic acid promotes healthier, firmer and youthful looking skin as it renews skin cells. Apples skin contains quercetin, an antioxidant that has anti histamine and anti inflammatory power. Apple also contains copper which helps to make melanin that protects the skin from UV rays. The vitamin A in Apple helps in skin development. It is a much known fact now that the apple peel contains more nutrients than the pulp, and two-third of the apple’s fibre is present in the peel alone. The peel is a rich source of various types of vitamins, mostly A and C, K and folates. Apple peel is also rich in minerals, calcium and phosphorous.
Oranges have natural oils which are good moisturizers for the skin. The vitamin C in oranges improves skin texture and colour and firms the skin. It contains beta-Carotenes, Folic acid, Potassium, pectin, Phosphorous, Iodine, Iron, Sodium, Manganese, Zinc, Chlorine, various Phytonutrients and Flavonoids. Hesperidins and pectin present in oranges lowers bad cholesterol. Orange peel is as useful as the orange pulp. Topical application of orange peel on skin can remove dead cells and lighten dark blotches on skin. It can also reduce sun tan. Anti oxidants present in Oranges fight free radicals and thus slows down ageing process of the skin. Orange is a great toner and is suitable for both oily and dry skin. Oranges can rejuvenate dull skin and its peel and juice can be used to make various natural skin remedies.
Cantaloupes are associated with smooth and youthful skin. It is a good source of folate which aids in maintenance of cells. Vitamin A present in it boosts cell reproduction and helps to maintain a healthy complexion. It has high water content and therefore consumption of cantaloupe will keep your skin hydrated and nourished. Vitamin K and E in Cantaloupe helps in keeping your skin healthy and radiant. Application of cantaloupe juice can soften and hydrate your skin. The juice is also effective in removing freckles.
Avocados contain oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fatty acid that helps in keeping skin soft and moisturized. Oleic acid can also reduce skin irritation and promotes regeneration of damaged cells. The monosaturated fat and fatty acids in avocados lower bad cholesterol level and raises amount of good cholesterol in the body. The vitamin E in avocados has anti-ageing properties and is very useful against damage caused by exposure to UVA and UVB radiations. Avocados are also good source of antioxidant carotenoids that provides protection for the skin from environmental damage.
Strawberries are full of fruit acids like AHAs that has amazing beauty benefits for the skin. It has anti-ageing and skin lightening properties. Strawberries are rich in flavonoids and salicylic acid which are considered great skin rescuers. Salicylic acid helps clear away dead skin cells and also inhibits growth of black heads. Strawberries are excellent natural exfoliants and contain ellagic acid that protects the skin against the harmful effect of UV rays. Vitamin C and other antioxidants present in strawberries prevent skin damages caused by free radicals.
Papaya contains papain- an enzyme which is helpful in digesting proteins. It breaks down inactive proteins. Papaya is a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids, potassium, magnesium and fibre. It is a good source of Vitamin A which acts as an anti-oxidant. Low sodium quality of papaya helps in retaining water, keeping your skin hydrated always. Beta-carotene present in papaya helps proper functioning and boosting of the immune system. Eating papaya will keep your skin soft and supple. It is a natural skin exfoliate and cleanses the skin perfectly. It also reduces signs of ageing.