Secret Beauty Ingredient: Grapefruit

Jaclyn Sciara
Secret Beauty Ingredient: Grapefruit
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We often purchase beauty products because of the pull quotes on the front of the packages touting the seemingly impossible results. Unless you’re especially thorough, you skip the ingredients list on the back of the package – a crucial mistake made by many. “Secret Beauty Ingredient” is our way of finding those beauty ingredients that are becoming staples in the beauty world, or sometimes even better – beauty breakthroughs.

With summer around the corner, the thought of citrus scents just sounds so appealing. Grapefruit is a wonder fruit when it comes to beauty and health.  Full of vitamin C, grapefruit encourages collagen production for younger looking skin.  It’s also loaded with citric acid, a powerful exfoliator.  It is even believed that grapefruit extract can reduce cellulite. Oils from grapefruit have a soothing effect on the body, which is why it’s showing up in lotions, scrubs, creams, fragrance, and more.

The antioxidants that are found in grapefruit will fight free radicals in the skin that can cause lines, wrinkles, discolorations and other blemishes that can make you look older than you are. Free radicals are elements that float throughout the body and your skin because they aren’t attached to anything. Wanting to be attached to something, they attack healthy cells trying to bind to the cell wall.  Antioxidants flow through your body and skin binding to these free radicals, giving them something to attach to and making them harmless.  The juice of grapefruit also has restorative properties that can help tone skin, even out skin color, and gently cleanse skin.  People with oily skin clear up quickly after they start using grapefruit cleanser and toner. Flip through the slideshow to see some beauty products containing the super fruit that will benefit your skin!

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Grapefruit packs a serious punch in beauty products!

This oil is an all natural, organic moisturizer proven to prevent dehydration, inflammation, hyper-pigmentation, and sebum production.  The oil contains a blend of nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids, with a light scent to sooth the mind and body.

(Josie Maran Moroccan Oil, $35,

This grapefruit cream has a lightweight hydration that nourishes breakout-prone skin without clogging pores. The nutrient rich Sea Buckthorn promotes rapid healing of irritated skin. Vitamin C found in the grapefruit helps protect against blemishes and the salicylic acid gently emliminates pore blockage, leaving you with radiant skin.

(My Chelle Grapefruit Cream, $30

This fragrance will make you go crazy for citrus with the delicious notes of grapefruit.

(Kiehl's Nashi Blossom Pink Grapefruit fragrance, $75

Wipe away the day with these oil-free pink grapefruit cleansing wipes.

(Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit wipes, $7.50

This body wash contains the vitamins and essentials of grapefruit while smelling like summer!

(Beecology Body Wash, $9

Polish away at your dead skin cells with this invigorating scrub, leaving your skin with a fresh scent and radiant glow.

(Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub, $12

Give your cheeks a pop of color with this pink grapefruit pigment.

(100% Pure cheek tint, $15

Hydrate and even out your skin tone with this correct and repair moisturizer containing grapefruit extract. With SPF built in, you're set for the day.

(Yes To Grapefruit Moisturizer, $16

With the lingering scent of grapefruit from your shower, how could you have a bad day?

(Nest Grapefruit Body Wash, $28

Let there be volume with this organic grapefruit hairspray. Spritz your hair all over and let the citrus scent linger while it works to hold style in place.

(Primavera Original Grapefruit Hairspray, $18

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