“For all kinds of skin care benefits, grapefruit extract just may be the secret.”
The pretty pink citrus fruit is more than just a snack or breakfast staple. With plenty of good-for-your skin benefits, it’s a top skin care ingredient, too. Here’s why you should get in on making grapefruit a part of your beauty routine.
What’s in grapefruit, and what are the benefits of grapefruit for skin?
First up, a laundry list of acids. “There are a variety of different alpha-hydroxy acids found in grapefruit, including citric, tartaric, and malic,” explains Myriam Fessi, Assistant Technical Manager for Skinsei. By helping to dissolve the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together, these are all excellent options for chemical exfoliation, ultimately helping to leave your skin smoother, brighter, and with a more even tone. But it doesn’t stop there; grapefruit is also an excellent source of vitamin C.
Vitamin C in and of itself has three different benefits. One: it’s a powerful antioxidant, helping to ward off damage caused by exposure to environmental factors such as sun and pollution. Two: It’s a top-notch skin brightener, working in two different ways. It inhibits tyrosinase, an enzyme that’s a key component in the production of excess melanin (AKA pigment, AKA dark spots). Plus, it also helps fade existing spots, making vitamin C a great pick not only for fading existing spots, but also preventing new ones from forming. And rounding out vitamin C’s trifecta of benefits, it also helps stimulate the production of collagen, the protein responsible for smooth, healthy, youthful skin. Finally, grapefruit extract also contains sugars. “Sugars are prebiotics, important for helping to balance and keep the skin’s microbiome healthy,” says Fessi. While probiotics are good bacteria, prebiotics are basically what that good bacteria feeds off of. You can’t have one without the other.
A healthy skin microbiome is key when talking about how your skin looks, feels and acts; the outermost layer of all those little microorganisms that live on the surface of your skin, it’s what keeps skin balanced, resilient, and less reactive. Basically, anything that’s going to promote a healthy skin microbiome is something you want to be a part of. To that point, it’s probably worth noting that the entire Skinsei line focuses on promoting a healthy skin microbiome, so that makes it easy.
What kinds of products is grapefruit extract in?
Grapefruit extract crops up in everything from cleansers to toners, lotions to masks. In the Skinsei line, it’s a top ingredient in some of the moisturizers (of which there is a little something for everyone). There are the Opening Act Lotions; their fast-absorbing formula leave skin super soft and hydrated, and you guessed it, supports that microbiome that we were talking about. There are also the YAS Creams in all their variations, which are slightly thicker, intensely moisturizing, but also soothing and calming. And finally, the Overnighter Balms - the thickest of the bunch, this formula is ideal for slathering on at bedtime, since it delivers instant and long-term hydration, but also boosts your skin’s natural renewal processes.
Do the benefits of grapefruit for skin apply when you eat it, too?
The whole ‘you are what you eat’ saying definitely holds true in this case. First of all, it has a super high-water content, which is great for helping to keep your skin barrier hydrated (other fruits and veggies that fall in the same category include watermelon and cucumber.) The antioxidant benefits apply here, too; eating a diet rich in antioxidants is good not only for your skin, but your entire body, too. Its collagen-boosting benefits also translate in your skin; in fact, ingesting vitamin C may help stimulate collagen even more so than applying it. The bottom line: You should be eating your grapefruit and looking for it in your skin care products.