It is very important to pick your skin care products carefully. You want to avoid artificial and harsh ingredients that dehydrate and damage your skin, and look for natural ingredients that contain valuable vitamins and minerals that promote your skin’s health. Certain fruits contain some of the best natural ingredients to use in skin care because they are packed with key nutrients. Here are the five fruit ingredients you should look for in your skin care products, and what vitamins they may signal.
Apples are a fantastic natural ingredient for skincare products. They are naturally loaded with vitamin C and other antioxidants, which are some of the most effective at improving the skin’s complexion and hydratione.
In advanced formulas, apples stem cells are sometimes extracted and added to help stimulate the production and synthesizing of new and healthy skin cells. This makes apple stem cells a fantastic ingredient for anti-aging products, as they help rejuvenate skin so it is more smooth and firm. They also helps promote the synthesizing of collagen proteins, which are generated when your skin is trying heal damage and scarring from acne or wounds.
Berries are another great fruit ingredient for skincare products. Like apples, they tend to have a high concentration of vitamin C and a lot of antioxidants to help promote healthy, glowing skin. Specifically, look for products with these berries:
- Blueberries — one of the best sources of antioxidants
- Strawberries — lots of phytonutrients that strengthens skin and protects it from things like sun damage
- Goji berries — one of the best sources of rich vitamin C and beta-carotene for skin health and anti-aging products
You’ll find berries as ingredients in a lot of anti-aging and general skin health creams that help protect and revitalize skin from damage.
Coconuts in various forms has been known as valuable ingredient for skincare for a long time. Coconut water, oil, milk, endosperm and extract are all widely used ingredients for skincare products if not used as products by themselves.
Coconuts have strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and also have a high amount of vitamins and minerals for skin health and hydration. Young coconuts have a higher amount of cytokines, which is great for promoting the growth of healthy skin cells and reducing inflammation. It is a common ingredient in moisturizers, face masks, make up remover, and sunscreen.
Grapes are similar to berries in that they are very high sources of vitamin C and antioxidants. Grape seed extract is also used to protect skin from sun damage, and you can put mashed grapes on sunburns for around 30 minutes as a simple natural treatment. That’s because the vitamins and antioxidants in the juices also help promote healthy skin cell growth, to heal and replace old or damaged skin cells. Grapes are very useful for anti-aging products. As a source of vitamin E, it is also used in products for hydrating that leave your skin smooth and supple.
The great benefit of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons is they are some of the best natural sources of vitamin C, which is used in skincare products to promote young, healthy looking skin. Citrus also helps regenerate old or damaged skin by promoting the development of collagen proteins, which usually slows down in our bodies as we age.
Citrus essential oils are used in acne products due to their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. You can even use orange peels to exfoliate and cleanse your skin, as the coarse (but not too coarse) texture can clean your pores and the vitamins within the peel helps promote skin regeneration.
About the Author:
A Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery in Cosmetic Procedures, Dr. Crippen of DermMedica has trained with physicians who are at the forefront of laser & aesthetic medicine.