Pineapple is the summer gift that keeps on giving. For one, it’s tasty AF whether you’re eating it straight out of its leafy shell or drinking it spiked, because #whynot. It’s also the go-to summer accessory in terms of pool floats, cup holders, phone cases, jewelry – literally you name it, we can find it in pineapple form. But even more importantly, it’s great for your skin. Which is probably why some of our fave beauty brands have been smart about pumping their products full of the vibrant yellow good stuff as of late.
“When used topically, the sugars and electrolytes in pineapple attract natural moisture from the skin’s lower layers to the surface,” explains Christine Chang, co-founder and co-CEO of Glow Recipe. “This creates a type of moisture reservoir so that hydration is maintained between all layers.”
No wonder we feel instantly quenched whenever we come near the juicy fruit. And being a natural source of vitamin C, it’s already doing the most for your complexion in terms of protection against aging free radicals and sun damage. “A really interesting, lesser known fact about pineapple is that it’s also rich in natural AHAs and bromelain enzymes, which help exfoliate dead skin and resurface the complexion,” adds Chang. “When combined with the superfruit’s antioxidant benefits, it brightens, exfoliates, and hydrates, revealing plump ‘glass skin’ as a result.”
We love us some glass skin, but in addition to perfecting your outer layers, it’s seriously good for your inner ones, too. “Pineapple packs goodies for your metabolism that can temper appetite (synephrine), encourage fat burning (naringenin), calm down inflammation (limonene) and boost norepinephrine, a brain chemical that will rev you up,” says celebrity nutritionist and chef, Nicolette Pace. “Not to mention it can eliminate acne while the skins can strengthen (and thicken) hair and nails – even aid with digestion.” Pace recommends making tea or juice from the skins to reap these rewards, but for a few more ready-to-use options, see our product picks below.
Pineapple Products We Love:
Source: Drunk Elephant
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, $52: This is one of our fave super-hydrating serums at the moment. It goes on silky smooth to the touch and instantly revives thirsty skin. Thanks to a glow-boosting blend of pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramide, plus a watermelon rind, apple, and lentil complex, it strengthens the lipid barrier, increases overall luminosity, and reduces the appearance fine lines.
Source: Glow Recipe
Glow Recipe Pineapple-C Brightening Serum, $49: Call us a sucker for a skincare product shaped like its star ingredient, but we just can’t help ourselves. Keep this little pineapple bottle handy at all times, because you’ll want to reapply the vitamin C and AHA serum on the reg. Pineapple juice invigorates a dull complexion, hyaluronic acid nourishes, chamomile soothes and de-stresses flare-ups, and vitamin C gives you the required dose of antioxidants to keep skin happy. PS – it’s safe for sensitive skin and smells divine, and we’re always down with that.
Hebivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask, $48: Shine bright like a pineapple… When your glow-meter could use a spike, reach for Herbivore’s secret weapon. Their fruit enzyme mask has micronized Brazilian tourmaline gemstone to energize skin, while inducing a next-level form of radiance. Oh, and it makes pores baby status invisible and minimizes hyperpigmentation. Double bonus.
Sephora Pineapple Exfoliating Wipes, $8 for 25: There’s something about a piña-scented facial towelette that makes taking our makeup off a lot more enticing. Not to mention most of the reviews around these double-sided miracle workers tout their ability to clear up K.P. (keratosis pilaris) and ingrown hair bumps. Use the smooth side to wipe the day away and the rougher side to gently exfoliate.
Captain Blankenship Sailor Smooth Sailing Gentle Resurfacing Mask, $20: This travel-friendly clarifying mask is comprised of natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) derived from summer fruit favorites: pineapple, papaya, lemon, and orange. It also contains vegetable glycerin to help skin hold moisture longer and aloe vera to calm inflammation. Plus the entire (organic) line has cute nautical-inspired packaging that obviously deserves a place in your beach bag.
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