Grapefruit is a citrus fruit that grows on the citrus plant of the same name in the subtropical regions. It is a hybrid plant that originated in Barbados by an accidental cross between the sweet orange and the pomelo. Grapefruit is very benefecial for our health because of the number of nutrients like vitamins,minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids etc. present in them. It should be noted that benefits of grapefruit are not just limited to health and there are also some beauty benefits of grapefruit.
In this article, we will know about the major beauty benefits of grapefruit for skin and hair.
Beauty Benefits of Grapefruit For Skin
(1) Reduces The Risk of Premature Ageing Like Fine Lines, Wrinkles Etc.
Grapefruit is an excellent source of a number of antioxidants and the presence of these antioxidants plays an important role in combating with the signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, dark spots etc. One can enjoy these benefits by eating this fruit on a regular and moderate basis, and it can also be topically applied.
For this, grapefruit facial mask can be prepared by mixing one tablespoon of honey, ½ a cup of oatmeal and ½ a cup of grapefruit juice together. The mixture so prepared can be used as a facial mask. The retinol present in this fruit helps in repairing damaged skin and reduces the development of fine lines, wrinkles etc.
Another method of using grapefruit as facemask is by mixing ½ grapefruit juice and ½ cup plain organic yogurt together in a bowl. The mixture so prepared can be applied on the clean skin and leave on for ten minutes. After this, rinse your face with warm water and apply a daily moisturizer. This face mask is beneficial in fighting acne and also for improving skin tone.
(2) Helps In Getting Rid of Oily Skin
Grapefruit is astringent in nature and this makes them very beneficial for combating oily skin. It helps in clearing out toxins from our skin and also controls the production of oil and reduces the risk of acne development.
To use grapefruit for oily skin treatment, mix freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and a small amount of fresh lavender or mint together in a small spray or squeeze bottle. Let it sit for at least 3 hours. The grapefruit skin toner so prepared is now ready for use. This can be applied to the skin using a cotton ball ( like the skin toner bought from the market).
Grapefruit can also be used for fighting acne. For this, grapefruit honey facial mask can be used. For this, mix 1 tablespoon of honey, ½ cup cornmeal and juice of ½ cup grapefruit together. Apply it on your face and let it dry naturally for ten minutes. After this, rinse off your face with warm water.
(3) Protects Our Lips From Damage
Another important beauty benefit of grapefruit is its ability to protect our lips from damage. For this, grapefruit essential oil can be used. Applying its essential oil on our lips can prepare our lips for wearing dark lipstick, and also acts as a barrier between our lips and the harmful sun rays that may cause damage to the soft skin of our lips.
It also helps in providing nourishment to our soft and delicate lips. In addition to the grapefruit essential oil, grapefruit lip balm can also be used for keeping our lips soft and free from damage.
(4) Helps In Scrubbing off dry skin
Grapefruit can be used as a scrub for removing dead and dry skin cells from our body. For making grapefruit scrub, mix the juice of ½ grapefruit, one cup sugar and 3 tablespoons of grapeseed oil together. The mixture thus prepared can be applied to the skin for removing dead and dry skin cells from our body. This benefit is mainly due to the presence of salicylic acid in it.
(5) Is A Wonderful Natural Cleanser
Grapefruit is a wonderful natural cleanser as it helps in removing toxins and impurities out of our skin. For this, add some grapefruit peels, two tablespoons of grapefruit juice, and half a teaspoon of borax powder together in half a cup of extra virgin olive oil. Now, heat this mixture in a microwave for few minutes. Let the solution cool and then apply it on your face and neck.
(6) Helps In Combating Dry Skin
Grapefruit is also beneficial for combating dry skin. For this, mix half a teaspoon of grapefruit juice, one teaspoon of organic honey and a whipped egg yolk together. This paste can be applied on the skin to make our skin soft and smooth.
(7) Protects Us From Harmful UV Rays of Sun
This is a good source of a number of antioxidants and the presence of these antioxidants make them very beneficial for protecting against the harmful UV rays of the sun. UV rays of the sun are dangerous for our health as it causes free radical damage to our body and increases the risk of development of cancer. The antioxidants present in grapefruits fights with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells.
Beauty Benefits of Grapefruit For Hair
(1) Strengthens Hair Follicles
Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and presence of this vitamin makes them very beneficial for our hair as it strengthens our hair follicles and promotes hair growth. This benefit of vitamin C is mainly due to the antioxidative nature of vitamin C. These antioxidants fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing damage to our cells including the hair follicles, and thus make them stronger.
In addition to this, vitamin C also enhances our immune system, strengthens connective tissues within hair follicles and protects their integrity.
(2) Promotes Hair Growth
Our hair follicles play an important role in hair growth and also determines the condition of our hair. Taking care of hair follicles is very important. Sometimes, our hair follicles get clogged due to dandruff and dry flaky skin of the scalp. This results in hair follicles damage and can also inhibits hair growth ( if not treated properly). Using grapefruit seed extract is very beneficial for dealing with the condition.
The grapefruit seed extract not only helps in fighting with the bacterias growing on the scalp but also helps in soothing our skin and warding off dandruff. This helps in removing follicles debris and promotes the growth of new hair.
(3) Boost Blood Circulation In Scalp
Grapefruit is loaded with vitamins like Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and both these vitamins are vital for our hair health. They improve circulation of blood in our scalp and thus promotes hair growth.
(4) Helps In Removing Chemicals From Hair And Scalp
In the current age of fashion and style, we use a variety of hair products to make our hair look beautiful, shiny and stylish. The chemicals present in these hair styling products is not so good for our hair and overtime they make our hair dull and damaged. It is beneficial for removing harmful chemicals, parabens and waxes etc. from our hair.
In addition to this, it also brightens our hair color to some extent. For this, wet your hair and then rinse your hair with one cup of grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice will not only provide nourishment to your hair and scalp but will also remove harmful chemicals of the various hair styling products.
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