5 Summer Fruits With Beauty Benefits Inside & Out

Summer Fruits For Beauty

By Alexis Wolfer

We all know that fruits have health benefits, but did you know that they can help you beautify too! Well, it’s true! Both from the inside (when eaten) and on the outside (when used in topical beauty treatments)! Here’s how…

Avocados

Most people don’t think of avocados as a fruit, but they are – and they’re high in beauty benefits too! Slice an avocado on your next sandwich or in your next salad for a boost of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that will protect your skin from damage as well as promote circulation for even further beauty benefits, glutathione, a powerful anti-aging antioxidant, and healthy fats, which actually allow your body to more easily absorb other beauty-boosting nutrients.

Use it topically… as an anti-aging and hydrating facial mask! Mix ½ mashed avocado with 1 tsp honey and apply evenly to your face and neck for 15 minutes before rinsing.

Strawberries

They’re one of the most antioxidant rich summer fruits, meaning that they’ll help protect your skin from environmental damage and reverse prior damage from the inside out! So load up on this summertime staple in your morning cereal or as a dessert.

Use it topically… to whiten your teeth! Their natural acids oxidize the stains from your teeth so eat up (or just rub them on your teeth) for an all-natural alternative to pricey products.

Oranges

This juicy fruit does more than just satisfy our sweet tooth. Rather, the Vitamin C packed citrus is also rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids, both of which reduce inflammation and pack an antioxidant punch.

Use it topically… as a toner! Mix equal parts of Saki (Japanese rice wine) and fresh squeezed orange juice and apply as you would a toner. The Saki will help to detoxify and even skin tone while the ascorbic acid in the juice will help cleanse and the vitamin C will leave your skin glowing.

Cantaloupe

This orange melon is not only high in water content (essential for keeping your skin plump and youthful) but also it’s rich in vitamin A, which both has anti-aging benefits and  works to keep your skin glowing. Plus, it’s high beta-carotene, which protects your eyes from cataracts!

Use it topically… as a facial mask! Mix ½ cup mashed cantaloupe (drained, so not too watery) with ½ cup full-fat, plain Greek yogurt for an exfoliating and anti-aging facial mask! Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing!

Cherries

Whether you go out cherry picking or just head to your local market, cherries make for the perfect summertime snack – and not only because they’re delicious! Rather, they not only help protect your body from the damaging effects of the sun, but also are high in melatonin, which will help you sleep better (hello, beauty sleep!)

Use it topically… as a facial scrub! Blend 8 pitted cherries with 3 Tbsp honey and 3 Tbsp raw oats. Rub on face and neck in gentle, upward, circular motions for a gentle summer fruits exfoliating scrub that will reveal more youthful, moisturized skin!

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