5 Fruits to Eat for Healthier Skin

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How Fruit Helps Our Skin Stay Healthy

Fruit bowl

Eating healthy and using the right skin care products makes our skin glow.  Fruit, both eaten and applied to our skin (yes, applied to the skin), help our skin look its very best.  Packed full of vitamins and antioxidants, fruit can keep our skin healthy from the inside out and from the outside in.

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Watermelon

Woman eating watermelon

No BBQ, picnic, or visit to the pool would be complete without bringing some watermelon with you.  But did you know that watermelon can help your skin?  Watermelon is 92% water and high in vitamins A, B6 and C, amino acids and lycopene.  When applied to the skin it is hydrating and soothing.   The vitamins in watermelon plus the antioxidant lycopene help to fight free radical damage which can prematurely age your skin.

You can make your own watermelon rind mask to soothe skin.  Great to apply after a day at the beach:

Watermelon-Rind Mask

  • Slice watermelon so that you end up with 2-inch thick triangles
  • Remove the red part of the watermelon, leaving only a little bit on the rind (save this to eat later)
  • Chill the watermelon rind for at least 10 minutes in the refrigerator
  • Slice paper-thin pieces of the rind (you can use a mandolin to do this)
  • Apply the slices directly to your skin.

If you prefer to buy your skin care products instead of make them yourself here are some skin care products that contain watermelon:

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Berries

Bowl of mixed berries

Berries are superfoods which can totally save your skin.  Packed with antioxidants, these little fruits can prevent skin aging and help keep our skin looking young for longer.  It's easy to incorporate them into your daily diet since you can add them frozen to smoothies or just munch on the fresh berries for a snack.

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are all a great source of Vitamin C which builds collagen in the skin.  Berries are also rich in fiber which helps our digestive system.  When applied to the skin, berries can brighten, nourish, and even exfoliate.  

You can also buy quite a few products with berries in them:

 

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Avocados

Woman wearing avocado mask

Yes, avocados are a fruit not a vegetable, even if we tend to think of them as an addition to our vegetable salads.  Avocados are full of fatty acids which our skin needs in order to be healthy and smooth.  In addition, avocados contain Vitamin B7, also known as Biotin, which helps our cells rejuvenate and grow which in turn promotes younger looking skin.  Avocados also contain Vitamin C and Vitamin E which boost collagen in the skin and keep our skin nourished, smooth, and hydrated.

One of the easiest ways to hydrate parched skin is to mash up an avocado and apply it directly to your face.  You could mix the avocado with some yogurt before applying it to your skin but that is not a must.  You can also moisturize skin and hair with avocado oil.  There are also skin scrubs and masks that contain avocado oil.

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Apples

Sliced apples

Apples contain malic acid which is a mild AHA for skin exfoliation.  In addition, apples have antioxidants and fiber which help our skin from inside out when eaten.  When applied to the face, apples can be exfoliating and keep our skin smooth and clear.  Apples can also have a brightening effect on the skin. You can also grate an apple and mix with wheatgerm to create a skin brightening scrub.

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Citrus

Lemons

Citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and grapefruits contain Vitamin C which is an anti-aging ingredient for our skin.   In addition, citrus can brighten our skin.  

We do not recommend trying any DIY skin recipes that involve putting citrus directly on your face, like lemon juice for example.  This can be extremely sensitizing for all skin types and seriously irritate your skin.

Sanitas Skincare Glycolic Citrus Cleanser contains tangerine oil to help deeply clean skin.  ​Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster brightens and smooths skin with the addition of citrus.