If you thought grapefruit was just a healthy breakfast food, think again! This zesty citrus fruit is a close cousin of the orange, and it’s used more and more frequently as an ingredient in natural beauty products. Looking to overhaul your skincare? Grapefruit may be just what your complexion needs!
Grapefruit skin benefits
Bigger than an orange and boasting pretty, pink flesh, grapefruits are undeniably attractive. Beyond their looks, though, they also contain a whole host of nutrients which are not only great for your body but even your skin.
Specifically, possible grapefruit skin benefits include the fact:
They’re packed with healthy acids
Grapefruit contains various different acids – from citric to tartaric – which can play an essential role in your skin’s health by helping with exfoliation. They’re thought to be able to aid with breaking down dead skin cells and smoothing out the surface of the skin 1.
They’re a fabulous source of vitamin C
You might have guessed grapefruits contain vitamin C. But did you know that vitamin C is also great for the complexion? Among its benefits include its ability to hydrate and brighten the skin, as well as potentially fade pigmentation and blemishes.
Perhaps the most important benefit when it comes to vitamin C and skin is the fact it can
They’re a good source of antioxidants
Like many fruits, grapefruits are brimming with antioxidants. These are types of compounds which can help fight off free radicals that may damage your cells4. When it comes to the skin, antioxidants protect it from both UV damage and pollution, while also aiding with cell repair and renewal5.
Do you get the same benefits from eating grapefruit?
Enjoying grapefruit as part of your diet definitely has its benefits. Namely, because it’s thought to be a brilliant source of vitamin C. What’s more, grapefruits contain lots of water which means eating them can help keep your body – and therefore your skin – hydrated6.
The bottom line is that you’ll be able to benefit your skin by using grapefruit topically in your skincare routine and by including more of it in your diet. Easy ways to do this include enjoying it as part of a juice, in a fruit salad, within a cake or on its own!
Skincare with grapefruit
Some brands have cottoned onto the many benefits of grapefruit. You’ll now find it is a crucial ingredient in numerous different natural skincare products, from cleansers through to face masks and serums.
Can’t get enough of the fresh scent of grapefruit? Why not also use it as part of relaxing aromatherapy by browsing our range of pure essential oils?
Last Updated: 4th December 2020
Reviewer: Manisha Taggar
Manisha started her career at a Cosmetics distributor as a Regulatory Technologist followed by a Regulatory Affairs Officer, ensuring the regulatory compliance of cosmetic products from colour cosmetics to skincare. After 3 and half years in this role, Manisha joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019. Manisha specialises in Cosmetic products, both own-label and branded lines, ensuring that these products and all relating marketing material comply to the EU Cosmetics Regulation.