Fruit and Veggies…for your skin?
We all know the benefits of consuming lots of nutrient packed fruit and veggies. Our bodies can utilize all they have to offer, and we become healthier and more vibrant starting on the inside. Is the same true if you use the power of fruit and veggies topically? Can skincare and beauty items containing real fruit and veggies really provide you with added benefits? Let’s explore.
Using ingredients found in nature is nothing new; extracts and food derived essences a common practice in the beauty industry. I’ve noticed a trend in recent months that more and more spa products are featuring real fruit and real vegetables in their spa products and while it probably can’t hurt I also wondered…is my body absorbing and utilizing anything?
In short-yes! Using fruit and veggies topically can have multiple benefits for your skin BUT its potency and effectiveness is based primarily on its freshness, type, and your skincare goals. You see, produce contain live enzymes and vitamins which used topically do have the potential for absorption and could help naturally exfoliate, hydrate or soothe. Just keep in mind that unlike an extract with concentrated nutrients and science backed mechanisms which allow for easier absorption; plopping some fresh fruit on your face won’t do as much, but it also can’t hurt.
Keep in mind the freshness of the fruit and veg also plays a role; most reputable brands who feature real fruit and veggies in their skincare also utilize effective packing systems that harness the power of the produce and keep it vibrant. Other, less reputable spa brands will sell things like masks drenched in fruit juice which by the time it hits your face is little more than its former self; with its nutrients degraded and its effectiveness all but lost. I encourage you to experiment and unlike reality TV stars; this may be one area where the real thing is better than its artificial enhancement.