Delicious fruits are so beneficial for your body. They’re healthy, low-calorie snacks that deliver a wide range of essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating fruit regularly not only helps your overall health””keeping weight in check, supporting cardiovascular wellness and so much more””but it’s also great for your skin. A cup of raspberries, for example, delivers more than 50 percent of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin cells from free radical damage.
Fruit extracts can also be applied topically to support the health and appearance of your skin. Many skincare formulations, including those from MyChelle, are rich in natural fruit compounds that offer protective and beautifying benefits. To keep your skin looking its best, look for these five fantastic fruits in products (and pile them on your plate!):
1. Acai berries
Sometimes called “super berries,” these power-packed, purplish-blue fruits are rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E, plus they’re known for having a higher antioxidant content than blueberries, blackberries and even red wine grapes. As an ingredient in the MyChelle Tropical Skin Smoother, acai berries help exfoliate and retexture skin for a youthfully soft and vibrant complexion. Acai fruit oil , rich in polyphenols, phytosterols and omega-3 and 9 essential fatty acids, helps balances lipid activity, promotes skin repair and cell membrane stability. This unique product also contains ultra-fine bamboo stem powder and 1.6% lactic acid to release and dissolve dead cell build up to give dry skin a brighter appearance. For a smooth, youthful look, apply a thin layer after cleansing and gently polish with fingertips in a circular motion for 1 minute. Leave on for 2 minutes, rinse with cool water.
An apple a day keeps the wrinkles away! It’s true. Not only should you eat apples regularly, but you should feed your skin with this nutrient-packed fruit, too. Apples are a wonderful source of copper, an essential mineral that contributes to healthy skin. Copper helps produce melanin, a pigment that colors the skin while also providing protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. In addition, apples supply antioxidants, with the red delicious variety delivering the highest amount.
The Apple Brightening products of the MyChelle Age Spot/UV Recovery line help rehabilitate your skin with potent, proven formulas that reverse the many signs of sun damage. Our therapeutic products use apple plant stem cell technology to restore overall health, diminish discoloration and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you want to get ahead of the game and stop damage before it starts, remember to use your favorite MyChelle Sun Protectant and, of course, avoid the sun during peak hours.
3. Camu camu
An exotic fruit that grows mostly in flooded areas of the Amazon rainforest, camu camu offers the highest documented quantity of natural vitamin C on Earth. Compared to oranges, camu camu contains 30 times more vitamin C, three times more niacin and 10 times more iron.
Give your skin a dose of camu camu by using the MyChelle Pumpkin Renew Cream. A lightweight, hydrating formula, this cream blends antioxidant-rich pumpkin seed oil with reparative peptides to protect cellular health and maintain hydration. Astaxanthin, from micro-algae, neutralizes free radicals while reducing moisture loss. EGF Peptides promote cellular renewal and collagen production. Shea butter and vitamin E replenish skin’s lipid barrier to prevent dehydration. And best of all, camu camu floods the skin with antioxidants to help protect against free radical damage.
Rich in naturally occurring fruit acids, pomegranate is a great, gentle exfoliate with two to three times more antioxidant power than red wine and green tea, due to its high polyphenol content. Pomegranate also has astringent, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. MyChelle uses pomegranate in many formulations, but for a healthy concentration, use the G2 Instant Firming Serum. Phytonutrients and skin-smoothing peptides begin working immediately to visibly improve firmness. Argirelineâ„¢ Peptide is clinically proven to reduce wrinkle depth up to 27%. Fast-acting Instaliftâ„¢, from goji berries, has been shown to dramatically increase skin firmness in only one hour. Fermented pomegranate extract, a super-antioxidant, refines skin texture as it fights free-radical damage.
These ruby-red superfruits are not only slightly astringent, they have soothing properties and may help reduce inflammation to relieve skin discomfort. Also, raspberries area loaded with antioxidant vitamin C and other skin-protective phytonutrients. To get the benefits in a skincare product, try the MyChelle Fruit Fiesta Peel. It helps renew a youthful glow and texture with multi-fruit acids and 7% lactic acid. A potent alpha-hydroxy acid blend smoothes the look of wrinkles, leaving skin feeling refreshed and invigorated, with a light tingling sensation. Raspberry fruit oil conditions the skin while reducing redness and irritation.
Also consider some fun DIY fruit treatments. Use lemons to diminish blackheads and breakouts. Simply slice a small lemon into two parts and add a couple drops of honey to the fruit half before applying it directly to the area you want to treat. Rub the fruit over the targeted area and wait 15 to 20 seconds before rinsing with cool water.
You can also whip up an easy yet powerful antioxidant mask with 1 tablespoon of honey (which has anti-bacterial properties) and ¼ cup applesauce (which brightens the complexion and helps tighten pores).
Catie Wiggy is Innovative Programs Manager for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skincare industry for over 10 years as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.