Winter is coming! Get your grapefruit on by mixing fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with plain clay or any of our Fresh Masks for a reviving, skin-clearing, age-fighting face mask.
This big, juicy fruit has some pretty significant skin benefits thanks in part to the hefty vitamin content found inside. Grapefruits contain vitamins A, B,and C as well as minerals and antioxidants that help fight off damage from free radicals (wandering elements that move throughout your body and skin, attaching themselves to healthy cells) and they can also slow signs of aging like wrinkles, lines, and age spots. Pink and red grapefruit also contain lycopene (which I mentioned in a post over here), and lycopene has been shown to be a powerful force against skin cancer cells...so...that's pretty important!
Citrus fruits have a high acid content which can help balance excess oil and remove surface scum like dead skin cells, bacteria, impurities, dirt, and you get the point. Think acid peel, but minus the trips to the doctor's office, intense pain, healing period, or the risk of burning off your face.
A clay face mask made with grapefruit can be a powerful deep cleaning agent for acne-prone skin or skin that needs a refreshing lift. Just mix 1 tablespoon of clay or Fresh Mask mix with 1-3 teaspoons of fresh grapefruit juice. You can use also grapefruit by itself for a quick vitamin dose, just apply some fresh juice with your fingers or clean cotton. Really, you can just wipe a wedge on your face...no one's watching.
Give it a 5-10 minute rest and then rinse clean.
If you have sensitive skin, or skin that is prone to irritation from acidic ingredients, do a small patch test first. Although you may feel some tingle, you should not experience discomfort, so just rinse away if you feel the citrus juice may be a little too harsh for your skin.
Citrus can cause sensitivity to sunlight and increase risk of sunburn, so avoid heavy sun exposure immediately after using citrus juice or citrus oils on skin.
Keep these juicy gems in your diet to encourage healthier skin from the inside too. Plus, grapefruits have a whole load of benefits that do a body good.