I heard that fruit is healthy for skin, what do you recommend?

Fruit is very beneficial for your body. Eating a diet rich in fruit may help to reduce risks for heart disease, cancers, diabetes and obesity. Plus, it is a healthy low calorie snack packed with essential nutrients including potassium, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and folic acid. Vitamin C, found in oranges, kiwi and stawberries, is important for the growth and repair of body tissues, ultimately helping your skin to heal from cuts and wounds. Eating a variety of fruit will help your overall health and can also benefit the skin. Check out my top five skin-beautifying fruits (Plus, all of the items mentioned in this post are 25% off. Shop now at http://bit.ly/1p2bU96.)

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Acai
Known as the “super berry,” acai is rich in Vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E. This power packed antioxidant is known to be over 30 times stronger than red wine, plus it detoxifies the skin and improves cellular regeneration and immunity while balancing healthy lipids.shutterstock_138752600 copy

Acai is featured in the MyChelle Tropical Skin Smoother, which exfoliates and retextures the skin for a youthfully soft and vibrant complexion. Ultra-fine Bamboo Stem Powder and 1.6% Lactic Acid release and dissolve dead cell build up to give dry skin a brighter appearance and Acai Fruit Oil, rich in polyphenols, phytosterols and Omega 3 and 9 essential fatty acids, balances lipid activity, promotes skin repair and provides membrane stability.

For a smooth, youthful look, apply a thin layer after cleansing and gently polish with fingertips in a circular motion for 1 minute. Leave on for 2 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

Apple
An apple a day keeps the wrinkles away! It’s true, not only should you eat apples regularly but feed your skin some apples, as well. Apples are a wonderful source for copper, an essential mineral that contributes to healthy skin. The copper in apples helps produce melanin, the pigment that colors the skin. Melanin protects your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, so being able to produce melanin provides natural sun protection. Apples also provide antioxidant actions and assist in skin exfoliation and cellular renewal.

As we get older, our skin accumulates the detrimental effects of UV stress and environmental exposure, which causes damage to multiple layers in the skin. Overexposure to the sun not only leads to the occasional sunburn, but also premature aging, wrinkles and a dull, uneven appearance.

AgeSpotThe Apple Brightening products in our Age Spot/UV Recovery line help to rehabilitate your skin with potent, proven formulas that reverse the many signs of unflattering sun damage. Our therapeutic products use Apple Plant Stem Cell technology to restore overall health, diminish discoloration and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And, if you want to get ahead of the game and stop damage before it starts, remember to use your favorite MyChelle Sun Protectant and avoid the sun during peak hours.

Camu Camu
A fruit that grows in flooded area of the Amazon rainforest. It contains the highest documented quantity of natural Vitamin C on earth. Compared to oranges, Camu Camu contains 30 times more Vitamin C,  plus 3 times more Niacin and 10 times more Iron. Because of its high antioxidant properties, this powerhouse ingredient fights against free radical damage.

Give your skin a dose of Camu Camu with our Pumpkin Renew Cream, a lightweight, hydrating formula that blends antioxidant-rich Camu Camu and Pumpkin Seed Oil with reparative Peptides to protect cellular health and maintain hydration. Astaxanthin, from Micro-Algae, neutralizes free radicals while reducing moisture loss and EGF Peptides promote cellular renewal and collagen production. Plus, Shea Butter and Vitamin E replenish skin’s lipid barrier to prevent dehydration.

Pomegranate
Rich in naturally occurring fruit acids, Pomegranate is a great gentle exfoliate that has up to three times more antioxidant capacity than red wine and green tea. Plus, Pomegranate is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and astringent.

Pshutterstock_116938213 copyomegranate is featured in many of our products, including the G2 Instating Firming Serum. This serum includes Fermented Pomegranate Extract, a super-antioxidant that refines skin texture as it fights free-radical damage, as well as Phytonutrients and skin-smoothing Peptides, which begin working immediately to visibly improve firmness. Argireline™ Peptide is clinically proven to reduce wrinkle depth up to 27% and fast-acting Instalift™, from Goji Berries, has been shown to dramatically increase skin firmness in only one hour.

Raspberry
This wonder fruit is known to soothe skin irritations – it’s slightly astringent and reduces inflammation to relieve discomfort. Raspberry is packed with antioxidants and skin benefiting goodness and can be found in the youth-renewing Fruit Fiesta Peel. With Multi-Fruit Acids and 7% Lactic Acid, as well as a potent Alpha-Hydroxy Acid blend, this effective treatment softens the look of wrinkles, leaving skin feeling refreshed and invigorated. Raspberry Fruit Oil conditions the skin while reducing redness and irritation.

Also consider some fun DIY fruit treatments. Lemons can be used to diminish blackheads and breakouts. This fruit is antibacterial and antifungal and makes a wonderful DIY treatment. Just slice a small lemon into two parts and add a couple drops of honey to the fruit half before applying it directly to the area you want to treat. Rub the lemon half over the targeted area for 30 seconds, wait 15-20 seconds and rinse with cool water. You can also whip up an easy antioxidant mask with 1 tbsp Honey and ¼ cup Applesauce. This treatment is anti-bacterial, will brighten your complexion and tighten pores, apply and leave on for up to 10 minutes, then rinse.

No matter your favorite fruit, make sure you are incorporating these healthy foods into your diet and skin care routine!

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AskOurEstyCatie Wiggy is the Director of Education for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skin care industry for over 13 years as a makeup artist, brand educator, manager, innovator and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.