Our skin is the barrier between us and oxidative damage from the sun, pollution, and other environmental stressors. This kind of damage, otherwise known as “free radical damage,” can result in advanced skin aging, clogged pores, redness, and a dull, lackluster complexion. Grapefruits, however, are packed with antioxidants.
One medium grapefruit contains over 120% of the daily value for vitamin C, an antioxidant that does double duty fighting oxidative damage and helping to produce collagen.
Proper hydration is crucial for maintaining youthful, healthy skin. When the skin’s barrier is hydrated, it’s resistant to wrinkle-causing oxidative damage. At 91% water, grapefruit is one of the most hydrating fruits.
But unlike drinking water, when you eat your water, you absorb it more slowly because it is trapped in the structure of the food. This slower absorption rate means that your body, and skin, stay hydrated longer.
Put hydration together with a hefty dose of fiber – one grapefruit contains four grams – and you’ve got a recipe for beautiful skin. The dual combination of insoluble fiber plus water helps the body flush out waste and toxins that can lead to inflammation and clogged pores.
So there you have it, a food that tastes great, has the potential to shrink pores, reduce wrinkles, and the result is a healthier-looking, complexion.