Have you ever taken a stroll through the fruit section at an Asian market? I bet there are a few questionable looking fruits that you’ve never seen before. Some might look a little hairy, others may be as spiky as a porcupine, but don’t be deceived by their exterior.
Many of the most uncommon fruits pack the most skintastic benefits. Why then, have we been limiting ourselves to the usual mangoes, avocados and berries?
Well not anymore my friends!
Since V is now living in Thailand – and I’m planning on crashing her party – I’ve become a tad obsessed with all sorts of Asian skinsperation techniques, and this post is no different.
So listen up ladies, because I’m about to educate you on 4 best fruits for your skin that may be a little shocking but are simply badass for your face.
Ok, so papayas aren’t exactly the most exotic fruit, but not all grocery stores stock up on them so I’m adding them to my list.
Papayas are rich in vitamin C and Beta Carotene and benefit your skin from both eating them and applying them topically.
The most active enzyme in these fruits is papain; a protein pulverizing machine that will not only benefit your digestion, but is also an amazing exfoliant. It will help cure you of dull, tired looking skin in no time at all.
Try mashing up one papaya and mixing it with a tablespoon of natural honey or clay. Both are great skin brightening mask formulas plus if you mash and mix it with honey, it tastes yummy.
That sorta rhymed, didn’t it? Win!
Holy wonder fruit, Batman. Starfruit is a great rejuvenating fruit. From tired eyes, ringworm and chicken pox, to even curing a hangover, this fruit is versatile.
The waxy-skinned tart fruit is abundant in Vitamin C. High levels encourage your body to produce more collagen, which in turn keeps you looking young and radiant.
If you’ve got tired looking eyes, place starfruit over them to rehydrate the surrounding skin. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and voila, younger-looking-twentysomething eyes!
For those suffering from more pesky skin ailments like ringworm or chicken pox, mash up every part of the starfruit (leaves, skin, meat) to make it a poultice. Apply to errupted pox or on ringworm and let it dry.
Hangovers aren’t exactly skin-related, but I figure this trick is worth sharing anyways. Using pickled starfruit, steam in water then eat. Not sure how or why, but it works! Try it! (Pssst I think I just gave you a reason to drink that bottle of red. *wink*)
This next fruit is called the “Stinky King of Fruits” thanks to its pungent odor. Don’t be turned off by the aroma though, it has several skinsperational benefits.
Found most commonly in South East Asia, this fruit is loaded with antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. These properties make it not only good for your skin, but your hair as well.
When combined with a calcium-rich food or supplement, durian can promote better sleep patterns. Maintaining a proper sleep schedule is essential to good skin care.
The essential fatty acids and nutrients found in this fruit also reduce the look of aging, tighten and brighten your skin and stave off potential skin diseases.
The best way to benefit from this fruit is to eat it, but you can also rub the skin flesh on your face before going to bed to act as a potent anti-wrinkle mask. Just be sure you aren’t sleeping next to some hot piece of ass because trust me, you’re going to smell.
Another South East Asian native, longan fruit have so many health and skintilating benefits. They look like mini potatoes growing on trees, have the texture of a lychee and the appearance of an eyeball when cracked open. Definitely not your typical fruit!
Heavy on the vitamin B and C, these little treasures can help heal wounds, fight free radicals, prevent cell damage and improve the appearance of your skin, especially the skin around your eyes.
To make a potent eye serum, blend 1 longan with 1 teaspoon of natural honey. Rub around your eyes, but do not put on your eyelid. Let it soak in for 10-15 minutes then rinse off with luke warm water. The honey will help moisturize while the nutrients from the fruit are being absorbed deep down into your skin. See ya later crow’s feet!
Fun Fact: the seed from longan fruit has been used in Vietnam for years as a way to absorb snake bite venom. Not something I’d want to test out, but neat all the same!
If you’re looking to get a little exotic this week then be sure to test one of these 4 best fruits for your skin and as always, share your story or your fancy and fruity facial recipes with me in the comment section below!