Adding a colorful variety of fruits to your diet is a great way to boost your body’s health – and those sweet treats from nature may also do great things for your skin when applied topically. As an example, let’s take a look at some of the natural, fruit-derived ingredients in Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser, and look into how they can benefit your skin and body:
Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser is rich in fruit-derived, natural ingredients that can benefit the skin
Did you know that ancient Egyptians buried their dead with pomegranates, thinking that this fruit imparted eternal life? While modern research hasn’t backed up that theory, it has shown that pomegranates are very rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are nature’s way of fighting free radicals – unstable molecules that damage skin cells and other cells in the body. Those free radicals are a big contributor to skin aging, so application of antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract may help reduce skin damage. In addition, pomegranates in the diet have been linked to reduced risk of heart disease, some cancers, and lowering of cholesterol. Those Egyptians were on to something, after all!
The mighty cranberry is loaded with antioxidants, so its topical application may help combat free radicals. These same compounds may also help protect the body against heart disease and cancer. Cranberries also contain proanthocyanidins (PACs), which can inhibit the adhesion of certain bacteria, including E. coli. That’s the science behind the cranberry’s use in treating bladder infections, and this same anti-adhesion theory may also make it a good remedy for gum disease and stomach ulcers.
Like many citrus fruits, grapefruit packs a punch of Vitamin C – necessary for collagen production in the skin. In fact, grapefruit has the highest concentration of Vitamin C of any citrus fruit. Grapefruit also contains the antioxidant lycopene, which may combat free radicals and offer cancer-fighting benefits. Grapefruit extract is also reported to help reduce skin inflammation and increase skin pH – which may help alleviate acne. When eaten, grapefruit may help prevent health conditions including high cholesterol, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), cancer, and psoriasis.
With its red pigmentation, watermelon is yet another lycopene rich fruit, and is also rich in Vitamin C. Watermelon’s concentrated antioxidants may help fight free radical damage to the skin, while Vitamin C may exfoliate and reveal more radiant skin. When eaten, its high potassium content may help kidney function. In addition, that potassium combined with magnesium may help reduce high blood pressure. And let’s not overlook the obvious – because of its high water content (92% by weight), it is used to help hydrate the body and prevent heat stroke. That’s why street vendors in tropical India sell the fruit on hot summer afternoons.
So, whether you eat these delicious fruits or apply them to skin with natural products from Actifirm, you’re sure to benefit your body one way or another. Don’t ever underestimate the power of natural ingredients to accomplish amazing things!