The fruit of the moment has to be the pineapple. From sustainable pineapple leather to the trending pineapple skincare, this yellow fruit is everywhere. Several big beauty brands rolled out their pineapple products in time for summer and became the talk of the beauty world. Nevertheless, plenty of people are wondering if it’s just a fad or if there’s more to pineapple skincare.
Pineapple has a reputation for being fantastic for digestion and supplying lots of vitamins to the body. When it comes to your skin, pineapple can indeed revive your complexion and leave you looking radiant. But, how does it work, and how can you use this in your natural beauty regimen? Read on to find out more about the glow up with brilliant pineapple skincare.
The Benefits of Pineapple on Skin
Powerful Vitamins C & E help combat free radicals, prevent signs of ageing, and repair damaged skin cells. Well, it turns out that pineapple is chock-full of these two skin-loving vitamins. The combination of these two vitamins also helps even out your complexion to leave behind smooth and glowing skin. Pineapple also has a healthy dose of alpha hydroxy acids, which can improve collagen production. There’ll be no more dull or tired-looking skin when you’re using pineapple skincare.
Most skin care products you can buy use pineapple extract which has a highly-concentrated form of these natural goodies. The higher concentration of antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties in pineapple make it super potent. Increasing these components makes it beneficial for people with blemish-prone skin. It can even help with minor dark spots and pigmentation.
Pineapple works as a naturally gentle exfoliator, too. An enzyme called bromelain, which occurs naturally in pineapple, helps remove dead skin and minimize blackheads. Bromelain is an anticoagulant which also has links to improving wound healing. However, those with dry or sensitive skin (including eczema or dermatitis) should be cautious as too much of this enzyme can cause dry or flaky skin. Aside from that caveat, pineapple skincare is suitable for everyone.
Pineapple versus Vitamin C
While pineapple skincare packs a Vitamin C punch, you shouldn’t ditch Vitamin C altogether. According to beauty experts, Vitamin C has a lower molecular weight and can penetrate the skin more deeply. The presence of bromelain in pineapple extract weighs it down and doesn’t allow it to penetrate the skin deeply. Due to its higher molecular weight, pineapple extract is also not able to fight off dark spots and pigmentation as effectively as Vitamin C.
Not to mention, Vitamin C boosts collagen production making skin look noticeably more pump and therefore, younger. Just like pineapple extract, Vitamin C can help fight off signs of ageing and combats free radicals. Pineapple extract will provide your skin a lovely glow in the summertime, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of skincare. Experts would argue that there’s room in your bathroom cabinets for both of these natural ingredients.
Pineapple Home Remedies
Try before you buy is a motto that we can all get behind. After all, not everyone wants to or can afford to pay for name-brand pineapple skincare. Here are some ways you can use pineapple in your skincare routine at home.
- Natural exfoliator – Just like a loofah, the fibre in a piece of pineapple can remove dead skin cells and soften the skin. Simply apply a round of pineapple to your face and rub it gently on your skin. Rinse with cold water and softly dab dry. Your skin should feel instantly smoother.
- Tingly toner – Take advantage of pineapple’s alpha hydroxy acids and use it as a toner in small doses. Apply freshly squeezed pineapple juice to a cotton ball or reusable cotton round and dab it onto the skin. Rinse with cold water after five minutes. Again, those with dry or sensitive skin may want to avoid this as it can irritate already delicate skin.
- Potent spot treatment – Stop acne in its tracks with this funky yellow fruit! Leave a wedge of pineapple on active acne and let it rest for a few minutes. Rinse the area with cold water. The anti-inflammatory properties will dry the spot out and help reduce any redness.
Remember that pineapple’s bromelain enzyme is helpful, but also breaks down skin. Use these home remedies wisely and don’t overexpose your skin to this enzyme!
Nature has so many beautiful ingredients to help us care for ourselves and the ones we love. While pineapple is having its moment, know that there are plenty of other incredible natural ingredients you can use in your skincare routine. Let us know if you used any of these pineapple skincare tips and how they worked for you. If you are searching for more hands-on cosmetic making experience, sign up for WapoBeauty’s Shampoo Bar Workshop happening later this month. Those interested in making their skincare at home should check out WapoBeauty’s Skincare Course for Beginners.
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Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni