We all know how beneficial eating fresh fruit and vegetables is, but not many people know their significance for the beauty industry. From deodorants to eye creams, fruits play a major role in many beauty products’ formulas, enriching them with nourishing ingredients. Each fruit has some properties that are desirable in a beauty product, but here are some of the best ones you should look for in the ingredients lists.
Avocado is famous for being the source of good fats in nutrition, but in the beauty industry, its best asset is the fact that it has humectant properties, meaning it can attract water outward to the outermost layers of your skin. Avocados are also a great source of antioxidant carotenoids, such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lutein. Those compounds protect your skin from environmental damage. In addition, avocados are full of vitamins A, D, and E. Look for products containing avocado when dealing with sun-damaged skin, scars and age spots since it’s packed with vitamin E, which can reduce the effect of UVA and UVB radiation. Finally, avocados even have cancer-fighting properties, so using them is not just good for beauty, but for your overall health as well.
Blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries – the choice is all yours since all berries are famous for their antioxidant benefits. That makes them suitable for controlling free radicals that can damage your skin and cause premature aging. Also, they can help with the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins and other signs associated with aging. Besides, berries are used in cleansers due to their power to clear pores and hydrate, not to mention the youthful glow they bring to your face. For instance, salicylic acid from strawberries removes dead skin cells, while raspberries are antibacterial. All berries are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, so if your skin is swollen or red, look for products that contain these magical fruits.
Lemons and oranges are packed with the so-called AHAs – alpha hydroxy acids, broadly used for wrinkle and aging prevention. AHAs work mainly as exfoliants – they remove dead skin cells and make room for new skin to grow. That’s why skin care products with orange extract are perfect for exfoliation and toning, and not to mention the natural preservative role vitamin C has. Citrus fruits are also a great source of antioxidants, while lemon works as a natural skin softener and bleach, perfect for evening out the skin colour and dealing with skin discolorations. Also, citrus-based products can help with curing pimples and acne since they remove bacteria from your skin.
As their name says, carrots are full of beta-carotene, which is an orange pigment known for its antioxidant properties. Therefore, beauty products containing carrot help protect your skin cells from oxidative damage. Besides, studies showed that beta-carotene can lighten the skin, thus helping evening out the areas with increased skin pigmentation. Finally, some of the beta-carotene is transformed to vitamin A in your body, which means that this is another healthy compound of carrots. Namely, derivatives of vitamin A (also known as retinoid) are important for tissue growth, meaning that carrot-based skin care has the power to repair as well as moisturize and tone your skin.
Anyone who knows a thing or two about skin care products will tell you the same thing – always check the ingredients list first. It’s not a good sign if you don’t understand any of the words written there. That’s why getting familiar with beneficial properties of fruits is so important – you’ll learn about the power of natural ingredients and, therefore, decide easier what’s best for your skin.
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