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8 Summer Fruits for Soft and Supple Skin

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June 8, 2017 Reviewed by Marta 0 Comments

It was only a matter of time before a member of the Truth In Aging community asked my opinion on the latest Korean face mask that has everyone talking. There was apparently a 5,000-long waitlist for Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask ($45). Curious to try it myself, I managed to nab one before it went back out of stock.  Though I must note that I was a bit suspicious given there are only 24 reviews of the mask on Glow Recipe’s site. But I admit that after using it a few times, I rather like it. Plus, I’m a fan of watermelon in skin care.

Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask has some K-beauty hallmarks, including girly pink packaging and a curious jelly texture. I would go so far as to say that it feels a bit slimy at first, but with a little gentle rubbing, this overnight mask feels rather nice on the skin. Since using it, my skin has been looking nice and radiant, although that probably has more to do with the glycolic acid than anything else.

For a K-beauty product, it is surprisingly natural and amongst many botanical extracts, there is, of course, watermelon. The juicy summer fruit is a great source of antioxidant lycopene and vitamin C, plus the amino acids citrulline and arginine, both of which help increase blood flow for increased skin vitality. What’s more, studies have shown that watermelon extract can reduce UV damage.

But don’t worry if you still can’t get your hands on this hot new mask — there are tons of summer fruits that have similar qualities and are incorporated into some of our recommended anti-aging formulas. If it’s watermelon you are looking for, you’ll find it in Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion Oil-Free Moisturizer ($58 in the shop). Otherwise, keep scrolling to learn about other good-for-your-skin summer fruits.

Grapes come to mind (although I personally think they are best left to ferment and become wine). They are full of antioxidant tannins called oligomeric proanthocyanidin. There is an important polyphenol found in the seeds, skin, stems, and vines of red wine grapes that goes by the name of resveratrol, and it is known to be a supercharged antioxidant. Try it in Your Best Face Antioxidants Concentrate ($65 in the shop).

A favorite breakfast treat of mine is mango, and I love that many skin care products are majoring on mango seed butter. It is a serious source of oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated omega-9 acid, and stearic acid, which is a saturated fatty acid. Mangos are also a natural source of vitamins C and A. Research has shown that mango butter is an emollient that can heal wounds and is well tolerated by sensitive skin. Get it in Expurtise Effective Anti-Aging Face Treatment ($90 in the shop).

Nothing says summer to me more than strawberries. The extract from the leaves or seeds can have a whitening effect on the skin, controls sebum and acts as a natural antibacterial. Other berries — think blueberries and bearberries — can also reduce hyperpigmentation and lighten dark spots through naturally occurring arbutin. I Pekar Moisturizer ($78 in the shop) is bursting with berries.

Sub-acid fruits
There are certain summer fruits that have enzymes that naturally exfoliate the skin by dissolving dead cells. These include papaya, kiwi and apricot. They have other things going for them as well. Apricots are replete with lycopene, vitamin A and C. Find ‘em in La Vie Celeste Restorative Eye Cream ($60 in the shop). Vitamin A is also in papaya, while kiwi has vitamin E and is source of omega fatty acids. 

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