Fruit Basket: The Best Fruit Extracts in Skincare and Why
A lot of fruit is in season right now - and your kitchen is probably full of your freshest favorites. But did you know that your go-to fruits also make great skincare ingredients?
Find it in:Night Shift, All In
Cucumber is 96% water, and this high moisture content makes it an excellent hydrating and soothing ingredient to add to your skincare routine.
Additionally, it is known to have cooling and restorative benefits thanks to its vitamin Cand folic acid content. This makes it a great addition to any toner, moisturizer, or sheet mask - and it can even dilute essential oilsand other actives to make them more well-tolerated on the skin.
Finally, high levels of ascorbic and caffeic acid allow the cucumber to lower water retention in the body, which can diminish swelling and puffiness. On top of that, the abundance of antioxidants and silica in cucumber can help slowly fade dark circles. That’s why the common trope is to put cucumber on your eyes!
Mango Seed Butter
Find it in:Bright Side
You may be more familiar with products like shea butter and cocoa butter - but did you know that mango seed butter is an excellent ingredient to add to your daily routine?
That's right! These capabilities have to do with mango seed butter’s nutrient-dense composition: it’s packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, potassium, magnesium, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.
As a result, this non-comedogenic moisturizing butter is known to:
Brighten skin:Vitamin C and other antioxidants naturally work to combat dark spots, free radical damage, and other signs of aging.
Hydrate and Protect:Mango seed butter is loaded with antioxidants and essential fatty acids that make it the perfect butter to protect the skin and rebuild your natural barrierwithout clogging pores or aggravating acne-prone skin.
Fight signs of aging:Packed with fatty acids, minerals, and vitamin A, mango butter can soften fine lines andbalance your natural sebum production if your skin is too dry or too oily.
Soothe sensitive skin:It has remarkable anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe dry patches while also providing skin with essential nutrients it needs in order to heal.
Find it in:Daydreamer, Bright Side, Down to Earth, High Society
We often hear about how citrus oils can be damaging or irritating to the skin. That said, the orange rind has a range of skincare benefits due to its high levels of vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, and zinc. Because of these compounds, it can:
- Help fade dark spots
- Brighten the complexion
- Protect against UV rays
- Heal acne, blackheads, and blemishes
- Soothe inflammation
- Tighten pores
One New York study even shows that orange peel exhibits excellent anti-inflammatory properties and that it can help heal deeper inflammation in the skin.
Find it in:All In
A well-known superfood, blueberries are full of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other compounds. These also make blueberry an effective skincare ingredient. Specifically, it can:
Help address signs of aging: Free radicals contribute hugely to signs of aging, including wrinkles, age spots, and dry skin. With their high concentration of antioxidants - including vitamin A, vitamin C, and flavonoids - blueberries can help neutralize free radicals and even restore free-radical related capillary damage.
Prevent and treat acne:Blueberries also contain a high concentration of salicylates, the salts found in salicylic acid. As you likely know, salicylic acid is one of the most popular and most effective acne treatment products, known for its ability to treat blemishes, unclog pores, and remove dead skin (though we personally prefer the gentler glycolic acid). Applying blueberry topically, then, can have similar effects.
Fight UV damage:Studies have shown that the antioxidants in blueberries can effectively protect skin against UV-related damage and changes, leading to healthier-looking skin over time.
Find it in:All In,High Society, Zen Out of Ten, Bright Side
Cranberry oil is the only fruit oil with the perfect ratio of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. It’s also an amazing source of other vitamins and nutrients, including fiber, manganese, proanthocyanins (antioxidants) and vitamins A, C, E, and K.
All of these vitamins give it major antioxidant properties as well as skin-nurturing benefits. Specifically, cranberry is great for:
Hydration: Its ideal ratio of omega fatty acids make it an ultra-effective moisturizer and skin barrier repair cream
Sun protection:Antioxidants provide protection against sun and free radical damage
Exfoliation:The acids in cranberries act as effective exfoliants
Anti-aging:Remember, retinol is vitamin A - and cranberry has lots of this natural vitamin. This makes it great for addressing the signs of aging. Similarly, vitamins C, E, and K are all great for fighting free radical damage, correcting dullness, and fading sunspots and acne scars.
Find it in:Daydreamer, Bright Side, No Plans, Down to Earth
Lemon peels are rich in fiber, vitamin C, AHAs, potassium, calcium, pectin, and bioactive flavonoids like d-limonene.
Because of these naturally-occurring nutrients, lemon peel can:
Fight acne and pigmentation: Lemon peel contains huge amounts of vitamin C, ascorbic acid, and antioxidants. These ingredients all work to fight blemishes, acne, and signs of aging. Vitamin C, in particular, works to diminish dark spots and other common sun concerns. It can also stimulate collagen in the skin.
Resolve texture concerns:Lemon peel is rich in citric acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that works to gently slough away dead skin cells and even out texture and tone.
Combat signs of aging: Again, lemon is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that can actively fight free radical damage and combat physical signs of aging.
Find it in:All In,No Plans
Raspberry seed oil can absorb UV rays, making it an unexpectedly effective sunscreen. It’s also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids like linolenic acid, which make it great for your body and your skin.
- Vitamin A and vitamin E both provide robust antioxidant protection, fighting the signs of aging on the skin
- Vitamin E can also diminish the appearance of scars
- Phytosterols found raspberry seed oil can also help with moisture protection
- Linolenic acid can soothe eczema and psoriasis
- Ellagic acids are anti-bacterial and skin soothing
In short, raspberry seed oil is a skin-soothing powerhouse that everyone should know about.
Find it in:No Plans,High Society
Known as a symbol of prosperity, abundance, and fertility in many cultures, pomegranate is a well-known superfruit that has been widely lauded for its many health benefits. When it comes to skincare, in particular, pomegranate is known to:
Detoxify the skin: Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, ellagic acid, and tannins - all of which work to fight visible signs of aging.
Protect against UV radiation:They also have sun protective compounds that protect against UV radiation and associated conditions like sunburn, sun damage, and even cancer.
Help the skin regenerate: Pomegranates are known to increase circulation and heal the skin, thereby helping with wounds and even acne.
Fight dry skin:Pomegranate has a really small molecule size, which allows it to deeply penetrate and nourish the skin.
Find it in:All In,No Plans
Apples are rich in Vitamin A, B complex, vitamin C, and minerals, all of which make them an extremely healthy addition to any diet.
But did you know that an apple a day may also keep the dermatologist away? It’s true. Apple can:
Clear the complexion: Apples are natural sources of collagen and elastin, both of which help maintain supple, youthful skin. They can also help balance the skin’s pH for clearer, brighter skin.
Hydrate:Apple has high water content and high concentrations of vitamin E and peptides, all of which help improve moisture in the skin.
Provide anti-aging benefits:Apples are rich in flavonoids like silymarin, genistein, and phlorizin. Phlorizin, in particular, is shown to provide significant anti-aging benefits on the skin.
Combat acne and blemishes:Those same polyphenols help prevent UV damage and sunspots. They can also help regulate sebum secretion, thereby reducing acne on the skin.
Tone: Because it works to balance pH, apple is an effective ingredient for toner.
Find it in:Zen Out of Ten
It’s well-known that citrus fruit is packed with vitamin C and that it can help blast a common cold. But it can also provide some serious skin benefits:
Treat acne or wounds:Tangerine is packed with vitamin A, which is known for its anti-aging properties and its ability to treat acne, fine lines, and even skin wounds.
Protect the skin:Tangerines are also rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, which can protect the skin from free radical damage, stimulate collagen, and address the physical signs of aging.
Brighten skin:Tangerine’s high antioxidant content also makes it a great skin brightener, particularly when it comes to sunspots and pigment-related damage.
Find it in:Zen Out of Ten,Cloud Whip, All In
The root and stem bark extract from the Oregon grape is packed with alkaloids that have anti-inflammatory, ant-bacterial, and anti-fungal compounds - and it’s long been used to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.
And it doesn’t end there. The extract also has:
Free radical scavengingand antioxidant properties
- Acne-fighting properties due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties
- Skin-soothing properties that can help with general redness or irritation.
Here's to healthy, happy skin!