Eat it. Drink it. Rub it on your skin. Whichever way you slice it, the grapefruit has healing properties that can improve one’s skin quality.

With that said, grapefruit has a distinctive tanginess that may not suit everyone’s taste buds. But a way to attaining great complexion is to add it into your diet. The tangy fruit is well reported to boost one’s health by flushing toxins from the body, thereby having a compounding positive effects on one’s skin!

If you do not appreciate its unique taste, do not fret, as you can incorporate the fruit into your skincare regime instead. The exotic fruit has been gaining popularity as it is increasingly touted as a beauty must-have and the secret to a beautiful complexion. An excellent source of vitamin C, it’s one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, vitamins A and E and minerals.

Here are five reasons why you should start applying grapefruit onto your skin:

1. Grapefruit is Great for Anti-ageing

Grapefruit has anti-ageing properties

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Vitamins found in grapefruit stimulate collagen production, which enhances the plumpness and suppleness of your skin. Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, your skin will appear fuller and more youthful. Especially beneficial for aging skin, grapefruit is known to improve skin’s elasticity and reverse the signs of aging.

2.  It Evens Out Skintones

Grapefruit Evens Skintone

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Rich in anti-oxidants such as retinol, grapefruit renews damaged skin and treats skin pigmentation. Essentially, it evens out your skin tone, leaving you fresh-faced with a clear and bright complexion. Aside from rejuvenating your skin, it makes the skin softer and firmer to the touch.

3. It Even Fights Free Radicals

Grapefruit contains vital minerals, such as potassium, which helps smoothen wrinkles and act as protective shields against harmful UV rays.

High in water content, grapefruit hydrates your skin by creating a moisture barrier. This barrier makes the skin more resistant to environmental pollutants, as well as free-radical damage from sun exposure. As summer approaches, make grapefruit the snack of your choice to protect your skin.

4. It Also Reduces Acne

If you struggle with acne, grapefruit can help by gently controlling outbreaks. Due to its exfoliating nature, it is suitable for oily and acne-prone skin. Healing the skin naturally with its antibacterial properties, grapefruit can aid you in your quest in fighting acne.

5. It’s A Real Smooth Talker

Grapefruit Smoothens Skin

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Use this citrus fruit to get rid of dark and rough patches on your knees and elbows. Packed with Vitamin C that helps to fade dark spots, grapefruit can be an effective way to lighten discolouration while smoothening its texture. Unsightly and rough textures be-gone!

 

Chamomile tea is something we hear very often. It is in tea and sometimes, it is added as garnishing on meals. Chamomile contains nutrients that you need on a daily basis. These benefits include:

1. It accelerates the healing process and also disinfects the wounds.

2. It is an all-natural skin bleach. It lightens your complexion and gives it a healthy glow.

3. It helps to soothe skin irritation and sunburn.

4. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants that helps you fight acne and breakouts. It also helps to eliminate acne scars.

5. It also helps to protect skin from radical damage.

 

Porcelain’s Revive, Makeup Cleanser has chamomile as one of its key active ingredients. It is a pre-cleanser that doubles up as a makeup remover. Also it is suitable even for sensitive skin and is very gentle on the skin. With the orchid extract in the product, it has a very subtle floral scent.

Some of us have to go through the trouble of always having an oil-blotting sheet in our purse because we have oily skin. Do not fret, here are some tips that might help get rid of that oily skin.

1. Cleansers

Avoid buying cleansers that contain sulphates which will cause immediate tightness after cleansing as this will cause your skin to produce more oil than necessary. Instead opt for an “Oil-Control Cleanser” that is formulated with activated charcoal that will help to purify the skin without drying it out. Also, do not wash your face with hot water but light steaming once a week accompanied by your evening regimen should be good.

2. Exfoliation

Exfoliate your skin mildly. Scrubbing your face too often or too long might cause more oil production. Do it once or twice a week and lightly scrub the face. Buying a facial scrub that contains Salicylic Acid will help to gently exfoliate and also reduce acne.

3. Toner

Use a toner that is acetone and alcohol free. If the toner contains alcohol, it will send messages to the oil glands to produce more oil. It would be best to avoid them.

4. Moisturiser

Instead of using a moisturiser, use a hydrating serum. If your skin is very oily, use the serum only at night. But if your skin is somewhat oily, you can use the serum once in the morning and once at night. A hydrating serum does not only help to hydrate the skin, it also helps to keep skin glowing and smooth. Only use a hydrating moisturiser when skin feels dry after using the serum twice per day.

5. Sunscreen

Never forget to protect your skin from the sun. End off your skin care routine with a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more and your skin will thank you for it! Do not use a moisturiser containing sunscreen. Your sunscreen should just be purely a sunscreen.

There is a lot of nutrients packed in a tomato that you can just grab at the supermarket that benefits your skin! They contain vitamins that your skin need including:

– Vitamin A

– Vitamin C

– Vitamin K

– Antioxidants, lycopene

-Dietary fibre

– Iron

– Calcium

– Zinc

 

1. Shrink Your Pores

Tomatoes are an astringent which helps to reduce the size of your pores to make them smaller.

Mix a tablespoon of tomato juice with 3-4 drops of lime juice. Use a cotton ball and spread gently all over your face in circular motion. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

2. Cure Acne

Vitamins A and C are regularly found in acne medication and these two vitamins are also available in tomatoes.

If you have mild acne, cut the tomato in half and rub it all over your face. For severe acne, you can use fresh tomato puree as a mask. Take one tomato and make it into a puree and rub on face. Leave it on for an hour. Rinse and apply moisturizer. Do it on a regular basis.

3. Remove Blackheads

Tomato works as a repellent substance and reduce blackheads while the avocado oil has antiseptic and moisturizing effect. When these two products are combined together, it makes a very good skin care product.

Mash tomatoes and add avocado oil or mash up some avocado as well, mix together and apply it on face. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and wash with warm water.

4, Reduce Inflammation

Tomato cool the skin and neutralize the skin surface, while the yogurt gives the skin a much needed protein, making it more soft and supple.

Add half a tomato and mash it with 2 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply the mixture on face, neck, hand and feet for 20 minutes and wash off.