Everyone has heard of a “peaches and cream” complexion, but the benefits of fruit for your skin are useful for a great deal more than just comparisons. You are what you eat, and not only your weight, shape and muscles are affected by what you consume, but so is your skin.
Historically, one of the best examples of this is outbreaks of rickets that were so common among the seamen of the British Navy and Merchant Marine in former times. This bone debilitating disease also manifested itself in scaly skin, and the problem was not controlled until medical experts of the time realized it was because these men were away from land for so long that they were net getting essential vitamins, especially vitamin C, from fresh fruit. Limes were then introduced as a mandatory staple on long voyages (this is why Brits have come to be known as “limeys”). Lack of fresh fruit can have very negative effects on your skin as well, and there are some you should be sure to include in your diet, but it is as easy as A, B, C, and E.
Vitamin A is the most important vitamin for cell repair, which is essential for keeping skin renewed, vibrant and smooth. It also fights free radicals, which can age your skin. As a matter of fact, Vitamin A is the main ingredient in expensive retinol skin care treatments, and you can have it working inside you for a fraction of the price just by eating mangoes, cantaloupes, grapefruit, papaya and watermelon.
Vitamin B complex vitamins each work in their own way to keep your skin smooth and fresh. B1 (thiamine) metabolizes fats and proteins, which is what your skin is made up of, so an adequate supply will prevent crackling and wrinkling. B1 is found in boysenberries, dates, grapes and pineapple. B2 (riboflavin) is responsible for growth and cell production, and you need to have new cells for clear looking skin. As a matter of fact, one of the symptoms of a vitamin B2 deficiency is cracks in the corners of the mouth and other skin disorders. Get your B2 in pomegranates, prickly pears, and lychee nuts. Vitamin B3 (niacin) is a natural anti-inflammatory, and therefore keeps skin irritations to a minimum. Fruits that are high in niacin include avocadoes, guava, nectarines, and peaches.
Vitamin C is so vital to most of our cells, but as a strong anti-oxidant, it is especially important for the cells of the skin to keep them healthy and clear. You can get your vitamin C in any of the citrus fruits such as limes (of course), lemons, oranges, and grapefruits but also in currants, kiwi and strawberries.
Vitamin E is nature’s internal body oil. Vitamin E keeps the skin (as well as internal organs) moisturized and supple, a prerequisite for fresh, smooth looking skin. Vitamin E is abundant in avocadoes, mangoes, strawberries, nectarines and kiwi, as well as in all of the dark berries, such as boysenberries, blueberries, blackberries and loganberries.
So for beautiful fresh looking skin, don’t open the medicine cabinet, open the refrigerator and make yourself a nice bowl of fresh fruits!