We all know how important fruit is for a healthy diet, but did you know fruit-based ingredients can also make a huge difference in skin care? These eight picks are packed with skin-nourishing ingredients.
The same nutrients that make fruits such a key part of a balanced diet also benefit the skin. They’re also much cleaner ingredients than the artificial, hard-to-pronounce stuff that dominates more traditional skin products.
Different fruits provide a variety of benefits, from brightening and hydration, to antiaging and more. Below are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate fruits into your skincare routine.
Brightening Watermelon Mask
You know that bright, light taste you get from the perfect watermelon? The Glow Recipe Watermelon/AHA Mask can produce that same feeling, but for your face! Hyaluronic acid and watermelon extract, two of the primary ingredients in this gel-texture mask, are both excellent at moisturizing the skin without heavy grease or oil.
On top of the moisturizing benefits, the mask includes two other plant-derived active ingredients geared at improving your skin’s clarity and texture. Two AHAs (plant-derived lactic and glycolic acids) gently exfoliate the surface for brighter, clearer skin.
Superberry Moisturizing Overnight Mask
For luxurious, nutrient-rich moisture, it doesn’t get much better than the Youth to the People Superberry Hydrating Mask. It’s a creamy overnight mask made with a blend of superberries, including the South American maqui. It arms your skin with antioxidants that fight and balance free radicals, which can do all sorts of damage to your skin.
The berries are the base of the mask, but they’re not the only ingredients that help repair and revitalize your skin! The mask also has moisturizing hyaluronic acid and squalane, along with vitamin C for firming and brightening. As an added bonus, the cream smells amazing!
Gel Cleanser with Elderberry
Elderberry extract is the key ingredient in this Biossance Squalane + Elderberry Jelly Cleanser. The berries are a rich source of antioxidants that rejuvenate the skin and heal damage. Combined with sugarcane-derived squalane, there are plenty of plant-based ingredients to gently clear away impurities and dirt from your day without stripping moisture and nutrients from the skin.
Along with these great botanical ingredients, the cleanser has a prebiotic complex to support balanced skin. Prebiotics help to maintain the natural microflora on your face, keeping your skin healthy and radiant!
Brightening Strawberry-Tomato Cleanser
Remember learning that tomato is actually a fruit? It’s just one of several plant-derived ingredients in the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser! People with all skin types will love this! It uses strawberry seed oil and all the good vitamins in it to hydrate and brighten. Hydrolyzed wheat proteins support non-greasy moisture.
The tomato extract comes in with a ton of benefits for your skin. It provides vitamins A, C, and K, as well as antioxidant properties. It also has gentle exfoliating properties to clear away dead skin cells.
Blueberry-Based Gentle Cleanser
You might not think of blueberries as an obvious skincare ingredient, but it’s what really elevates the Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser. We’re always told to eat blueberries because they’re a powerful, antioxidant-rich “superfood,” and those same properties can work wonders on the skin.
This lightweight gel cleanser packs a serious punch (and a great, natural smell), with plenty of active ingredients that work together to hydrate and cleanse. The gel also includes hydrating hyaluronic acid and gentle, cell-turnover-promoting AHAs, which all add up to fresher, more hydrated skin.
Strawberry Brightening Serum
Serums are the holy grail of skincare because they’re typically packed with the most “active” ingredients. However, it can take a little time to figure out what works best for you.
The Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum takes advantage of the natural brightening and clarifying properties of strawberries to deliver results. Strawberry fruit and seed extract work to unclog pores and visibly brighten your skin with a dose of vitamin C.
Strawberry isn’t the only fruit that’s working overtime in this serum! It also contains Kakadu plum, a fruit native to Australia that reduces redness and irritation.
Avocado Overnight Mask
Why, yes, avocado is technically a fruit! It’s also the primary ingredient in the Origins Drink Up Avocado & Swiss Glacier Water Overnight Mask. The same healthy fats that make the avocado a superfood provide the skin with natural moisture and nutrients. To treat dry, tired skin, just leave this mask on overnight and allow your face to absorb all that rich moisture.
Avocado butter is the main ingredient in this rich mask, but it works in tandem with other moisturizing agents to really lock in the hydration long-term. Swiss glacier water is particularly mineral-rich, providing plenty of nutrients. Our old friend hyaluronic acid also provides long-lasting, non-greasy moisture.
The Glow Recipe Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream features all the creamy, light goodness of banana customized for your face! The super-light texture of this moisturizer utilizes banana as a source of natural, vegan-friendly magnesium and potassium. It helps restore the skin’s natural hydration and calms down irritation, all without that heavy, oily feeling you get from some moisturizers.
It also contains turmeric and cica—two ingredients that can reduce inflammation and heal even the most irritated skin. It’s a restorative moisturizer that doesn’t sit heavily and won’t clog pores.