By Jennifer Pelaez
Summer ushers in a wealth of deliciously ripe fruits making it the perfect time to upgrade your beauty regime by incorporating some of these vibrant and delectable wonders of nature, not only into your diet, but also into your hair, body, and skincare routines. Fruits, the fleshy seed-associated structures of a plant, have been used for generations by cultures spanning the globe for their ability to provide an array of disease-fighting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals your body needs for optimum health. They have been proven to improve overall well-being and longevity, as well as decreasing risks of chronic diseases while also providing a healthy outer appearance, boasting beauty benefits that contribute to that healthy, radiant summer glow.
It’s no secret that fruits also provide a boost of energy and nutrition, but can also be powerful vehicles for obtaining a luminous and healthy complexion as they work with your body’s natural renewal process, increasing cell turnover and collagen production. Tammy Fender, founder of Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care, adds, “In general, the fruits which support skin health are either high in protective antioxidants, which defend skin against collagen-damaging free-radicals and environmental stress, or they provide a great source of vital nutrients, the essentials skin needs at the cellular level to regenerate and repair. Fruit is full of concentrated living energy, and, like all botanical remedies, it’s so effective because all-natural ingredients are easy for the body to absorb and utilize efficiently.”
Some fruits provide a more powerful punch – deemed “superfruits,’ they have commanded great attention due to their numerous health and beauty benefits. Packed with higher concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, they can work wonders for your appearance. Defend your skin against damaging free radicals, repair and correct, and replenish your skin’s stores with these super-charged effective products that will take superfruits to a whole new level. From dragon fruit to elderberry, face oils to scalp treatments and supplements, you will be looking your best this summer with these beautifying fruit-infused sensations.
This Amazonian superfruit is an antioxidant powerhouse that protects the skin from environmental aggressors and can delay the appearance of aging while its high fatty acid content supports the structure and firmness of skin.
Papaya, a tropical wonder for glowing skin has repairing, lightening, exfoliating, and hydrating properties and contains papain enzyme which restores an even-toned look.
Creamy and rich in monounsaturated fats and vitamins E and C, avocado helps heal and protect your skin from environmental stressors while also combating dryness and intensively nourishing skin.
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Pomegranates are packed with a high dose of antioxidants, which reverse free radical damage, promote supple youthful skin, and help maintain hair color and vibrancy.
Dragon fruit extract, aka pitaya, can help reverses signs of aging by slowing down cell proliferation, giving cells more time to develop their protection functions. It can also protect skin from exposure to free radicals caused by the sun.
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Hailed for their effectiveness in removing impurities, brightening, and exfoliating, strawberries make great cleansers and toners due to their high Vitamin C content and anti-aging ellagic acid.
These deep purple berries, aka Sambucus Nigra, have been credited with having anticancer, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory capabilities. Applied topically, this extract offers healing relief for under eye puffiness, rosacea, and blemishes and also included in formulas designed to tone and purify the skin.
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Loaded with minerals and antioxidants that improve the appearance and condition of hair, skin and nails, lemon can also lighten skin tone and remove unsightly blemishes. A great cleanser, it can also balances oil production in the scalp while imparting a beautiful shine to hair.
Valued for their medicinal, antioxidant properties and anti-ageing benefits, these little tart powerhouses enhance cell power and defend your skin against environmental damage due to their high concentrations of antioxidants including vitamin C, B and B-5.
Also known as amla, these yellow-green berries are popular in Ayurvedic traditions because of their many health benefits and powerful rejuvenating properties and high levels of Vitamin A, essential in collagen production.
Passionfruit oil helps preserve the collagen and elastin in our skin, resulting in the appearance of firmer, more youthful skin. It is Intensely nourishing and full of vitamins and antioxidants that combat signs of aging, while helping to eliminate blemish-causing bacteria.
Praised for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial actions, this purple fruit popular in Southeast Asia contains super potent xanthones which penetrate the skin to reduce the signs of aging while also soothing irritation.