Grapefruit season is one of the best times of the year. Even though it’s cold and snowy outside, grapefruits are in high supply and at their lowest cost all year.
I love to peel the grapefruit and section several grapefruits and always have a big bowl in the refrigerator as a refreshing treat. It not only is bursting with vitamin C and lycopene, but it also is high in fiber.
Benefits of Grapefruit
It also helps you eliminate, improves digestion, helps with weight loss and lowers your blood pressure.
Those benefits all come from eating the grapefruit; you get plenty more when you use it on your skin. It exfoliates, stimulates circulation, gives your skin a healthier appearance and can provide antioxidants.
Antioxidants fight free radicals that damage skin cells and may even cause cell death. Cell death is the reason our body ages, as well as the cause of serious illnesses or conditions. It causes wrinkling of the skin and discoloration, too.
You’ll want to choose pink or red grapefruit because the phytonutrient that gives the grapefruit that red color is the same one as you find in tomatoes, lycopene. Lycopene is a natural antioxidant.
Grapefruit also contains acids that work much the same way as the acids in lemons and acts like an exfoliant that also shrinks pores.
To keep your complexion bright and deter wrinkling, you can eat the grapefruit and wear it….at least for a while when you create a mask.
① Eliminate Fine Lines and Wrinkles with Yogurt and Grapefruit.
Yogurt is a very popular face mask ingredient, and there’s a good reason why. The probiotics in the yogurt are beneficial bacteria that fight off harmful bacteria and yeast.
It also soothes the skin and when you combine it with the juice of grapefruit; you get a team that fights both acne and skin discoloration, while also reducing fine lines by toning the skin.
What To Do:
Just mix the juice of a grapefruit with a 1/4 a cup of yogurt to create a mask.
Just leave on for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse off for a beautiful difference.
② Rub a Dub Dub for a Sugary Scrub
Scrubbing dry rough spots with a mixture of grapeseed oil, sugar and grapefruit juice can soften everything from elbows to knees. This sugar scrub uses the magic of the salicylic acid in grapefruit with grapeseed oil.
What To Do:
Use the juice of a half a grapefruit, 1/2 cup of sugar and a few tablespoons of grapeseed oil (or coconut, jojoba oil) to create it.
Scrub your body and feel the difference. You need always to mix it fresh, so throw out any unused portion.
③ Use Grapefruit as a Facial “Degreaser”
You can remove dead skin, dry up some oil, unclog pores and help reduce the effects of acne.
What To Do:
Just mix a tablespoon of honey with and a half cup of cornmeal (or besan flour) and the juice from a half a grapefruit.
If you have oily skin, this mask is great! Mix it thoroughly, apply and leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.