The word ‘acid’ in skincare sounds daunting, and saying ‘fruit acids’ makes it confusing. But fruit acids are a real thing in skincare, and we’re here to fill you in. As self-explanatory as it is – fruit acids are skincare acids that are derived from fruits. But by this we do not mean that you start rubbing a lemon on your face. So, to uncover what exactly fruit acids are, and how they will land you the skin of your dreams, welcome to your crash course on fruit acids in skincare.
What to know about fruit acids?
Fruit acids are essentially AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) that work on the surface of your skin to exfoliate, brighten, improve skin tone and texture and combat signs of ageing. Some commonly-found fruit acids are glycolic acid, salicylic acid, citric acid, malic and mandelic acid.
How do fruit acids benefit your skin?
Fruit acids are anti-ageing superheroes. They work their charm on dull, ageing, clogged and textured skin by deeply exfoliating and brightening skin. AHAs as they naturally are, help to loosen the intermolecular bond between the cells in the topmost layer of the skin. Once this happens, new and renewed skin cells surface, resulting in a younger, brighter, and luminous skin.
Common acids found in fruits
1) Citric Acid: Dark spots, pigmentation, and dull skin dread this skin-loving ingredient, as its brightening and barrier repairing properties come second to none. It’s easily found in citrus fruits, as well as blueberries and watermelon. Our Yuzu Fine skincare range boasts of 3x more vitamin C, thanks to the super-fruits - yuzu lemons and blueberries. Try this range to instantly brighten, and add a visible glow, which lasts long!
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2) Salicylic Acid: If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then you definitely would have heard of salicylic acid. Grapefruit contains a good amount of salicylic acid that sloughs off dead skin cells and considerably reduces acne-causing bacteria, while balancing sebum production. Knock off those pesky zits and uneven texture with our grapefruit-infused Mon Cherry skincare range. It also contains rejuvenating Korean ingredients like cherry blossom, and pearl that keep your skin hydrated without making it greasy.
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3) Glycolic acid: A popular name in the acid world, glycolic acid is a potent exfoliator that caters to a lot of skin issues. Say acne, dark spots, and even signs of ageing. It is most widely found in sugarcanes and with regular use, you will notice that skin’s overall health is drastically improving.
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4) Malic Acid: Literal drops of youth elixir – that is malic acid for you. Quite lesser-known amongst acids, its benefits will leave you stunned, as to why you did not discover it earlier! It is perfect for lock in time, and reverse signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, if you have hyperpigmentation or acne scars, then you must try this baby! Our Yuzu Fine skincare range contains watermelon that offers anti-ageing as brightening properties like no other.
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Malic acid is also found in pomegranates. So if your skin is more towards the dry and sensitive side, then our Bravocado skincare range is perfect. Along with pomegranate, it contains nourishing ingredients like rice water and avocados that restore moisture and keep skin plump.
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5) Mandelic Acid: This powerhouse ingredient is found in bitter almonds, and is excellent for oily skin. Get permanent freedom from blotting papers, and shiny foreheads with this A+ exfoliator. It not only balances sebum production but also brightens and improves skin texture.
DIY your way
Next time when you’re enjoying that slice of papaya, mash some and apply it on your face as well. Face masks are a fun and quick way to reap the benefits of fruit acids.
- Papaya and honey masks are great for de-tanning and calming irritated skin
- Orange peel is a powerhouse of citric acid, and a simple orange peel pack will brighten and refresh your face
- Apple contains malic acid, thus a mush of apple and orange is perfect to add a youthful glow and lighten dark spots
- Those with sensitive skin can rely on a mango + curd (lactic acid) mask to fight dullness and dark spots
Don’t forget to…
Apply SPF! Just like how you would after applying retinol or BHAs, a sunscreen is a must after you’ve used fruit acids. As it exfoliates the upper layer of the skin, you become prone to photo damage, unless you shield your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun.
Now you have more reasons to include fruits not only in your diet but also for your skincare diet!