Just when you think you have enough problems to deal with, your skin starts acting weird. You look in the mirror and see dull and pigmented skin or an acne-filled face staring back at you. But why is your skin screaming for help? Is it due to dust, pollution, radiation, or chemicals? Here’s what I have to say…
Harsh but true, your skin is the victim of your poor lifestyle choices and ignorance (and dust and pollution). Maybe you are not blessed with the “perfect skin” genes, but you can turn that around if pay attention to what you eat and what you apply to your skin. And the best way to rejuvenate your skin is to consume fruits and apply a fruit mask every alternate day. Invest 10 minutes of your time every day in doing this and see a visible difference in two weeks’ time.
Want to know which fruits to eat and which ones to apply? Well, this article has all that information. All you have to do is read on to get flawless and glowing skin without having to resort to makeup or expensive skin treatments. Let’s begin.
Lemons are natural bleaching agents. They are rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that helps flush out toxins and protect the skin from photodamage and hyperpigmentation (1). So, if you have uneven pigmentation, dark spots, acne scars, or keratinization, try using lemon to get glowing skin. Here’s how you can use it.
How To Use Lemon For Glowing Skin
Add the juice of ½ lemon and 1 teaspoon of organic honey to a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning. This will help flush out toxins.
Add lemon juice to your salad.
For oily skin with pigmentation or acne scars, mix lemon juice with rose water and dab it on your skin and rinse off after 10 minutes.
For dry skin with pigmentation, mix lemon juice and coconut oil, dab it on your skin and rinse off after 10 minutes.
To get rid of dark circles, mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of milk. Apply it to your under-eye area and rinse off gently after 10 minutes.
Rub lemon and sugar on the keratinized areas to lighten the skin tone and reduce keratinization.
Papayas contain vitamins A, C, B, pantothenic acid, and folate and minerals such as copper, potassium, and magnesium. They also contain enzymes like papain and chymopapain that help prevent skin damage by free radicals and have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Consuming papaya can help prevent constipation, which is one of the reasons for poor skin health. It can also help treat warts, eczema, corns, and cutaneous tubercles (2). Scientists have also found that papaya can help heal wounds and chronic skin ulcers (3), (4). So, if you have digestive issues, scars, and pigmentation, you must include papaya in your diet and beauty regimen. Here’s how to use it.
How To Use Papaya For Glowing Skin
Eat a bowl of papaya for breakfast or as an evening snack.
You can prepare papaya smoothie by blending papaya, lemon juice, and pink Himalayan salt.
Mash a small piece of papaya and apply it on your skin. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
Mix mashed papaya with lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon of turmeric and apply it on the pigmented and scarred areas. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
For dry and flaky skin, apply mashed papaya with half a teaspoon of almond oil. Wipe it away with a soft wet cloth after 10 minutes.
Make a papaya scrub using a small piece of papaya, 1 teaspoon of orange peel, and 1 tablespoon of rose water (for oily skin) or honey (for dry skin). Use gentle circular motions to scrub your skin. Rinse with room temperature water.
The sweet, juicy, and pulpy orange has a vibrant color and intoxicating smell. This fruit can also work wonders for your skin. Like lemons, oranges too are rich in vitamin C – 100 grams of oranges contain 54 milligrams of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. This means that oranges can help prevent oxidative damage, photodamage, DNA damage, reduce inflammation, and aid collagen synthesis (6), (7). Now, let me tell you how to include oranges in your daily life.
How To Use Oranges For Glowing Skin
Consume 1-2 oranges every alternate day.
Drink freshly pressed orange juice with the pulp. Avoid the pulp if you have stomach ulcers or are suffering from IBS/IBD.
Add oranges to your salad, pizza, stew, cakes, and chocolates.
Add orange juice to your smoothie.
Apply orange juice topically wherever you have pigmentation. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
For oily skin, mix 3 tablespoons of orange juice, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of gram flour, and ½ teaspoon of turmeric. Apply as a pack.
For dry skin, mix 3 tablespoons of orange juice, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of milk, ½ teaspoon of turmeric, and 1 teaspoon of honey and apply on your skin.
The sweet and fleshy mangoes work amazingly well when it comes to rejuvenating the skin. They are rich in vitamins A, E, C, and K, flavonoids, polyphenolics, beta-carotene, and xanthophylls. This is why mangoes help protect your skin from DNA damage and inflammation (12). They are also rich in sugar and dietary fiber, which helps treat constipation. In fact, mangoes are already used in the cosmetic industry to create hair and skin butters that have shown wound healing properties (13). Here are different ways in which you can use mangoes to rejuvenate your skin.
How To Use Mango For Glowing Skin
Consume 1-2 mangoes per day.
Prepare mango ice cream or cake or smoothie/shake.
Add mango to your smoothie, breakfast bowl, or fruit salad.
Mash a small piece of mango and apply it all over your skin. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
For oily skin, mix mango, rose water, and lime juice and apply it on your skin. Wash with cold water after 10 minutes.
For dry skin, apply a mask of mashed mango, 1 teaspoon of yogurt, and 1 teaspoon of honey. Wash with room temperature water after 10 minutes.
Not many of us like to eat bananas, but those who do can tell you that they rarely experience constipation. Moreover, a friend of mine recently recommended that I use banana peel to remove acne scars, and it did work really well. The scientific explanation behind banana’s exceptional skin healing properties is that it is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, K, E, and folate, and minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium (19). It is a very good natural moisturizer and has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties (20), (21). Here’s how you can use a banana in various ways to get a glowing skin.
How To Use Banana For Glowing Skin
Add banana to oatmeal or cornflakes for breakfast.
Add a banana to your smoothie or breakfast bowl.
You can prepare banana muffins or banana bread.
Apply mashed banana all over your skin to make it soft and supple instantly.