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!

 

Why is Exfoliation Important?

Exfoliation is one of the most important techniques that you can perform on your skin to resolve certain skin problems and to achieve healthy and glowing skin. It is a cosmetic technique aimed at removing dead skin cells that cling to the skin’s outermost surface (epidermis).

Layers of the Skin

New skin cells are constantly generated in the lower layer of our skin, or dermis. It takes approximately 30 days for new skin cells to come to the surface, and during that time, they will die and become saturated with Keratin. Although we need these cells for protection, typically as we age, our process of shedding old skin slows- this means a thick layer of dry and rough skin is often hiding our healthier skin beneath.

Exfoliation is the process of removing these outer layers, and letting the newer skin shine through. If done correctly, it leaves the skin feeling smoother and fresher. Also, it prepares the skin to absorb in a better way any kind of substance you would like to apply like vitamins, revitalizing or regenerating lotions that will help improve your skin. It should always be done after cleansing the skin, and can be done chemically or simply by scrubbing the skin with an abrasive.

The two forms of exfoliation are:

1. Mechanical Exfoliation

During mechanical exfoliation, the dead skin cells are physically rubbed off with an abrasive, and the dead cells are removed through mechanical or physical friction. Products for mechanical exfoliation can contain paraffin, wax, irregularly shaped granules or round beads/poly spheres. It can also include exfoliation sheet, sponges, brushes, washcloths etc. Examples of this include salt glow, body scrub that might use sugar or coffee grounds, or skin brushing. It can also include more aggressive procedures like microdermabrasion.

2. Chemical Exfoliation

It is where enzymes, alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) or betahydroxy acids (BHAs) are used to loosen the glue-like substance that holds the cells together, allowing them to slough away. This kind of exfoliation can be gentle or more aggressive, depending on how strong the product is (percentage of acids). It is important to use an exfoliation regime that suits your skin type to avoid any harm done to your skin.

Benefits of exfoliation include:

– Improving texture of your dull skin, making it more vibrant
– Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
– Sloughing off the dead skin cells
– Unclogging pores
– Keeping skin healthy, thus helping to prevent breakouts

You will notice a significant different in your skin’s softness and moisture retention if you simply follow a routine of exfoliating one to two times a week!