The Almighty Grapefruit and its Secret Skin Benefits
With its distinct flavor, the powerful taste of grapefruit is not for everyone. But with its high nutritional content and refreshing scent more and more people are touting the ingredient as a skin-care secret. So what is it about the fruit that benefits the skin? Grapefruit is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Grapefruit extract, when applied topically, can provide an array of anti-aging benefits. These skin benefits include evening of the skin tone and fighting off free radicals. These are excellent skin care benefits. When eaten, grapefruit provides the body with important nutrients that are essential for healthy skin. Grapefruit, then, is a sort of organic treatment that will help you achieve healthy skin. You can use organic options like this in conjunction with professional medical cosmetic skin care like we provide at Shangrila.
Grapefruit has many Skin Care Benefits
“Internally, grapefruit is a great example of a fruit that is loaded with skin-protective antioxidants and also has a high water content, which helps keep your skin’s barrier (the outer layer) hydrated and more resistant to wrinkle-causing free-radical damage from the sun and daily pollution. A great benefit of grapefruit is that it promotes the production of collagen, thus making the skin more plump and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, keeping the skin looking younger and more supple.”
– Howard Murad, MD. | Los Angeles Dermatologist
Grapefruit has excellent astringent and exfoliating properties that are perfect for treating oily or acne-prone skin. It also increases the pH level of the skin, which has been shown to reduce acne. However, when it comes to those suffering from rosacea, citrus may not be the answer. Certain “citrusy” fruits such as grapefruit may irritate the condition and make the problem worse. If you are suffering from rosacea, contact the medical skin care experts at Shangrila MedSpa for a consultation. Our expert staff will help you decide what treatment plan is best for you. It’s important to identify the foods that affect you by tracking what you eat and evaluate how your skin reacts during the few hours after consumption. Take notes, keep a journal, take pictures of your skin before and after food consumption if you are serious about your skin’s appearance. Doing this will help you when you are choosing what foods and what skin care treatments are best for you.
Be careful using and eating grapefruit if you take prescription medication. There are several drugs that can have life-threatening consequences when combined with even the smallest hint of grapefruit. If the proper precautions are made, grapefruit can be extremely beneficial to your skin’s appearance and overall health.
This article was written by Deb Alvarez, a valued member of our cosmetic skincare team at Shangrila MedSpa.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.