Most of us know that eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day is good for our overall health, but fruit is also brilliant for the skin too. Eating a variety of fruit means we can nourish the skin from the inside out without having to rely solely on skincare products to tighten or brighten the complexion.
Strawberries are one of most beneficial fruits for the skin, which makes the abundance of this fruit in the summer months even more pleasing. Strawberries are particularly high in the antioxidant vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system, but it has great advantages for the skin, helping to fight free radicals and protect it from premature ageing, sun damage and pollution. This vitamin is also used to produce collagen in the body, which gives skin elasticity and can strengthen blood flow which helps it look plump and healthy.
Strawberries are delicious as a snack or treat but they also make a wonderful face mask. The main skincare benefits of this fruit come from its high alpha hydroxy acid levels- malic acid helps to lighten blemishes and scars, while ellegic acid can brighten dark spots. Mix a handful of strawberries with a little natural yoghurt and honey (which has moisturising and antibacterial properties), then apply to the face and relax for 15 minutes. You’ll soon have a bright glowing complexion and more purified skin thanks to the breakdown of dead skin cells.
While many fruits contain antioxidants such as vitamin C which can help to protect from premature ageing and the damaging effects of the sun, vitamin E found in certain fruits benefits the skin by helping it to grow strong new cells. Vitamin E can be found in kiwis, berries, peaches, apricots and avocado (technically a fruit not a vegetable!). Vitamin E also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help the skin to heal effectively, meaning it’s beneficial for maintaining healthy cells and a youthful looking glow.
Orange coloured fruits benefit the skin in their own particular way as these contain betacarotene which is converted into vitamin A in the body. This antioxidant protects the body and skin from free radicals, increases natural sun protection and helps improve tone for firmer, tighter skin. Fruits high in betacarotene include cantaloupe melon, apricots, grapefruit and mangoes which are great to add into a fruit salad.
Along with vitamins A, B and E, fruit such as bananas contain good levels of potassium, which increases moisture levels in the skin by helping to balance fluids within the cells. It’s been suggested that most of us don’t get enough potassium in our diets so regularly eating bananas or other fruits high in potassium like guavas, passion fruits, kiwis and melon can help to keep skin hydrated.