Apples are the richest source of malic acid, a “fruit acid” extracted from apples. Fruit acids are known in the health world as alpha hydroxyl acid. Malic acid is gentler than other acids used in beauty treatments such as glycolic and salicylic acid. Malic acid promotes healthier, firmer and youthful looking skin by renewing skin cells without damaging the skin layer.
If that’s not enough to convince you that an apple a day leads to glowing skin from within, consider the high fibre content in apples. Fibre helps to clean out the colon and promotes regular bowel movements, hence promoting clear pimple-free skin.
Avocados are a highly nutritious fruit, hyped in the health world as a superfood and often used as vegan mayonnaise. Not only do they taste great, but they also offer amazing benefits for skin, when consumed, as well as when applied topically.
Avocados contain biotin, also known as vitamin B7, promotes cell regeneration and growth, resulting in faster growing hair and nails, as well as glowing skin. They also contain Vitamin E, known as “the Protector of Skin”. The fatty acids in this naturally fatty fruit help to provide skin with essential lubrications, which promotes youthful glowing skin.
The nutrients in bananas work to maintain the elasticity of skin, moisturise dry flaky skin, prevent premature aging and wrinkles, soften and rejuvenate skin and fades out dark spots and blemishes.
Kiwi is packed with Vitamin C – it even contains more vitamin C than oranges! Every 100 gms of kiwi has about 98mg of vitamin C while the same weight of oranges contains about 54mg of vitamin C. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, a very vital vitamin that can not only ward off colds and boost up the immune system, but can also keep your skin looking younger and fresher. Boost up you Vit C intake with kiwis, not just citrus fruits.
Speaking of citrus fruits, lemons are a great addition to your beauty regimen, as they are known to be “Nature’s Bleach.” Lemons safely whiten and lighten skin and promote even skin tone by reducing acne marks and blemishes. They also deep cleanse the skin by breaking down any grime clogging the pores.
For beautiful skin, drink a warm glass of honey and lemon water in the morning on an empty stomach. This miracle drink is purported to have many health benefits, including reducing the darkness of blemishes, cleaning out acne and giving you glowing skin.
Papaya extracts are widely used in the skin care industry in the form of facial peels, soaps, cleansers and lotions. But why go after chemical treatments, when you can enjoy the goodness of papaya, fresh and cheap! Eat papaya regularly and even mash it and apply on skin for a youthful bright glow.
Papaya contains a large amount of Vitamin A/ Beta Carotene and an important enzyme, Papain. Papain is not only an important digestive aid that breaks down inactive proteins, but it also a powerful antioxidant. It counters free radical damage on skin and also helps heal damaged skin by speeding up cell regeneration.
Pomegranate enjoys a special status in the health community, with super food qualities in league of green tea and blueberries. When it comes to nutritional power, the entire fruit is rich in nutrients, including the peel, the white membrane, the fleshy part (arils) and the seed.
Pomegranates are packed with a high dose of antioxidants, which reverse free radical damage and promote supple youthful skin. It can be said that pomegranates are the king of antioxidant rich foods, as they contain more antioxidants than most fruits. So why not treat yourself to pomegranate juice regularly? Wash and dry out the peels of pomegranate, and make your own pomegranate tea, which can even replace green tea in terms of health benefits.
It is a well-known fact that constipation causes acne. When you are not having regular bowel movements, at least once daily, then the toxins which were supposed to get out of your body, will be reabsorbed into the bloodstream, and your body is going to frantically look for ways to dispose it off immediately. Most times, these toxins will be forced out through the skin, the largest organ in the body. This is how people suffer from facial, back and chest acne.
Furthermore, acne and pimples often leave behind unsightly blemishes and dents, which can all be avoided by simply eating fiber rich foods like plums. One plum contains 8gms of fiber, which is 4 times as much fiber as a small apple! Eating plums daily can help you achieve glowing skin.
Ever heard of bromelain, the anti-inflamatory enzyme, which is used widely for its numerous health benefits? Well, pineapple contains an large content of natural. Bromelain has special benefits for skin, as it gently exfoliates the skin. Using pineapple juice or pulp topically will help clear off dead skin and reveal beautiful glowing skin.
Pineapple also contains anti-oxidants that neutralize free radical damage. Pineapple hydrates and softens skin from the inside out and lightens blemishes, resulting in clearer looking skin. If you are looking for ways to achieve glowing skin, pineapple is the way to go.
Apart from a high Vitamin C content, strawberries also contain an important alpha hydroxyl acid, known as salicylic acid, making it extra good for beautiful skin. You may have heard of salicylic acid from acne treatments, as it is known to penetrate deep into the pores and clean them out. It can unclog oily pores and stop pimples from forming. This will help clear out milia, whiteheads and blackheads, before they become stubborn pimples.
Strawberries also contain a powerful anti-oxidant called ellagic acid, proven to prevent collagen destruction that leads to wrinkle formation. Ellagic acid has a photo-protective effect that guards against UV damage. Eating strawberries regularly can help you achieve glowing skin.