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Just when you think you have enough problems to deal with, your skin starts acting weird. You look in the mirror and see dull and pigmented skin or an acne-filled face staring back at you. But why is your skin screaming for help?  Is it due to dust, pollution, radiation, or chemicals? Here’s what I have to say…

Harsh but true, your skin is the victim of your poor lifestyle choices and ignorance (and dust and pollution). Maybe you are not blessed with the “perfect skin” genes, but you can turn that around if pay attention to what you eat and what you apply to your skin. And the best way to rejuvenate your skin is to consume fruits and apply a fruit mask every alternate day. Invest 10 minutes of your time every day in doing this and see a visible difference in two weeks’ time

Top 20 Fruits For Skin 

1. Lemon

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Lemons are natural bleaching agents. They are rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that helps flush out toxins and protect the skin from photodamage and hyperpigmentation (1). So, if you have uneven pigmentation, dark spots, acne scars, or keratinization, try using lemon to get glowing skin. Here’s how you can use it.

How To Use Lemon For Glowing Skin

 

2. Papaya

Papayas contain vitamins A, C, B, pantothenic acid, and folate and minerals such as copper, potassium, and magnesium. They also contain enzymes like papain and chymopapain that help prevent skin damage by free radicals and have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Consuming papaya can help prevent constipation, which is one of the reasons for poor skin health. It can also help treat warts, eczema, corns, and cutaneous tubercles (2).  Scientists have also found that papaya can help heal wounds and chronic skin ulcers (3), (4). So, if you have digestive issues, scars, and pigmentation, you must include papaya in your diet and beauty regimen. Here’s how to use it.

3. Avocado

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Avocado is rich in healthy fats, dietary fiber, and vitamins E, A, C, K, B6, niacin, folate, and pantothenic acid. It has antioxidant properties that help reduce oxidative damage, which, in turn, prevents DNA damage. Consuming avocado can promote healthy aging as it is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin that protect your skin from UV radiation. The healthy fats in avocados help retain the skin’s elasticity, reduce inflammation, and speed up wound healing (5). Here’s how you can use avocado to get clear and flawless skin.

How To Use Avocado For Glowing Skin

  • Add avocado to your salad, burritos, wraps, breakfast bowl, sandwiches, etc.
  • Make an avocado and spinach smoothie.
  • Prepare an avocado dip by mixing it with yogurt or hummus.
  • Use avocado in cakes or as a topping.
  • Mash an avocado and apply it on your skin. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
  • For oily skin, mash a small piece of avocado with rose water and a pinch of camphor. Rinse off after 10 minutes.

4. Orange

The sweet, juicy, and pulpy orange has a vibrant color and intoxicating smell. This fruit can also work wonders for your skin. Like lemons, oranges too are rich in vitamin C – 100 grams of oranges contain 54 milligrams of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. This means that oranges can help prevent oxidative damage, photodamage, DNA damage, reduce inflammation, and aid collagen synthesis (6), (7). Now, let me tell you how to include oranges in your daily life.

How To Use Oranges For Glowing Skin

  • Consume half an orange each day.
  • Drink freshly pressed orange juice with the pulp. Avoid the pulp if you have stomach ulcers or are suffering from IBS/IBD.
  • Add oranges to your salad, pizza, stew, cakes, and chocolates.
  • Add orange juice to your smoothie.
  • Apply orange juice topically wherever you have pigmentation. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
  • For oily skin, mix 3 tablespoons of orange juice, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of gram flour, and ½ teaspoon of turmeric. Apply as a pack.
  • For dry skin, mix 3 tablespoons of orange juice, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of milk, ½ teaspoon of turmeric, and 1 teaspoon of honey and apply on your skin.

5. Watermelon

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Red, fleshy, watery, sweet, and refreshing – I just cannot get enough of watermelon. And what’s more, it is great for your skin too, especially if you have oily and acne-prone skin. Watermelon has dietary fiber (0.4%), water (92%), carbs (7.55%), sugar (0.4%), vitamins C, A, B1, and B6,  carotenoids, flavonoids, and lycopene. It has zero fat and is cholesterol-free (8). Lycopene helps in scavenging the free oxygen radicals and prevents skin damage (9). Water helps to flush out toxins and improve bowel movement. Here’s how you can use watermelon to achieve clear skin.

How To Use Watermelon For Glowing Skin

  • Have a medium bowl of watermelon as an afternoon snack or for breakfast.
  • Drink freshly made watermelon juice in the morning or evening.
  • Make a fruit salad with watermelon.
  • Add watermelon to add a zing to your otherwise dull smoothie.
  • Mash a watermelon and apply it on your skin. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
  • For oily skin, mix 3 tablespoons of watermelon juice, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of Fuller’s earth, and 1 teaspoon of rose water. Rinse with cold water after the mask dries.
  • For dry skin, mix 3 tablespoons of watermelon juice, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1 teaspoon of aloe vera. Rinse off after 10 minutes.

6. Cucumber

A fresh green cucumber has a typical aroma that can make you feel fresh even without eating it. Like watermelons, cucumbers are also very high in water content, have a cooling effect on the body, and possess antioxidant properties (10). Unpeeled cucumbers are also rich in vitamins K and C and dietary fiber. Scientists have found that sea cucumbers can be used for skin whitening and reducing wrinkles (11). Here’s how you can use cucumbers to heal your skin.

How To Use Cucumber For Glowing Skin

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