Hyaluronic acid, retinol, vitamin E - these are all ingredients you're likely to have encountered if you're interested in skincare. But what about grapefruit? Long the preserve of people looking to liven up their breakfast tables, this could actually be a worthwhile inclusion in any skincare regime.
First up, the fruits contain high levels of vitamins A and C, antioxidants and minerals which all have benefits for the skin. Vitamin C and the antioxidants are a must for protecting from environmental factors like free radicals, which can cause discolouration, wrinkles and fine lines. Free radicals work by attacking healthy cells because they want to bind to something, with antioxidants hunting them down and sticking to them before this can happen.
Grapefruit's vitamins also help with collagen production so help your skin maintain elasticity and plumpness, and will ensure it stays soft too - as does the amino acid in it. On top of this the fruits boast a healthy whack of potassium, which is good for helping with wrinkles and age spots, and they make it easier for the body to get rid of toxins which will leave you with a nice glow.
Grapefruit juice itself helps even out skin tone and is especially good for oily and combination skin thanks to its antibacterial properties. You can also use it to keep your hair looking long and glossy; because of its antibacterial nature it strengthens the tissue in hair follicles and keeps them healthy. It can also fight dandruff and promote blood circulation which will keep the scalp healthy.
If you fancy finding out what grapefruit can do yourself, give one of these a whirl.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Cream Wash
This was developed to help prevent spots and blackheads without drying and is suitable for even those with sensitive skin.
Yes to Grapefruit
This is a whole range of products aimed at helping correct and repair uneven skin tones and boosting radiance. There is everything from facial scrubs to serums, moisturisers and CC Creams.
Origins Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Souffle
As the name suggests this is a body scrub aimed at those with dry skin which aims to soften and get rid of any flakes.
Ren Neroli and Grapefruit Body Wash
If you want to indulge in the tangy, citrusy scent of grapefruit, pick this one up.
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit
Lip butters, hand creams, body mists and soaps - this is one for the grapefruit devotee.