When it comes to all-natural skincare, fresh fruits and vegetables are on the beauty menu
As temperatures take a nosedive, the pickings at the farmers’ market tend to start looking a little sparse. Though it’s hard to find fresh blueberries this time of year, there’s another way you can get your fix—with your beauty products.
There’s a reason why fruits and vegetables are cropping up everywhere from face wash to moisturizer to makeup. “We have been trying for decades to re-create what nature has already mastered,” says Amelia Hill, spa director at The Spa at Sunset Key Cottages, a Luxury Collection Resort, Key West, FL. “Vegetables and fruits are packed full of antioxidants and many other vitamins that have proven effective in skincare to give protection from the sun, insects, pollution and smoking, and can correct hyperpigmentation, scarring and uneven skin tone.”
Fruits and veggies have complex actives, so they’re more powerful and potent by working in synergy to repair, heal and rejuvenate skin, explains Margo Marrone, cofounder of The Organic Pharmacy. “You get the benefit of not just a single active, but a host of actives from antioxidants to vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients that are readily recognized and absorbed by the skin and, therefore, cells.”
When used in their natural form, you don’t have to worry about irritation or side effects. “People are becoming more and more aware of the products they consume both in and on their bodies,” says Ingrid Jackel, CEO of Yes To. “Produce found in the local grocery store is easily understood to be natural and accessible. Beauty and personal care doesn’t have to be complicated and made in a laboratory. It can be made with a few simple ingredients and be impactful.”
However, not all fruit- and vegetable-based products are created equal. “For example, a pomegranate’s natural property is to firm and strengthen the skin, but if you add fillers such as propylene glycol, you have just laced a pure, effective and healthy ingredient with a harmful chemical,” explains Michelle D’Hooghe, spa director at Twin Farms in Vermont. “Our skin absorbs what we put on it, so it depends on what is added to the vegetable- and fruit-based products. Chemicals and pesticide residuals get into your skin, along with the natural ingredients.”
To reap the beauty perks of organic and biodynamic plant-based products, make sure all the ingredients do you good. Here’s a breakdown of a few fruits and veggies that will make you beautiful, inside and out.