BRING ON THE FRUIT!
The power of organic and natural ingredients can sometimes I feel, be underestimated! I believe in real science and research and I DO think that it's super important to make sure that good validity is behind those ingredients and organic products.
If I find out that there's a lot of hype and not much in regards to real clinical trials for example, then I'm quite a bit cautious. There are many products out on the market today that claim to have various extracts in them, but there are often left more questions than answers as to what those normally labeled "fruit extracts" even could be!
Two safe bets that I've done quite a lot of research on myself and also tried a few products containing these specific fruits are: the Papaya and Lemon. As an extra treat, I though I would share with all of a fantastic product that contains BOTH of these powerful and effective fruit extracts, not to mention it's created by dr.brandt skincare! When it comes to "science-meets-skincare", this brand knows where it's at ;)
WHAT PAPAYA & LEMON CAN DO FOR YOUR SKIN:
Let's start with a little bit of background on each fruit, before I delve into what exactly they do! I thought I knew quite a lot about the Lemon and not very much about the Papaya, yet I found that I didn't know as much as I thought about either :0
The Papaya is or sometimes called Pawpaw, is a fruit from the Carica papaya- a southern Mexico & Central America native species. This plant more closely resembles a tree, with only 1 stemp growing anywhere from 16-33 feet tall. The amber-to-orange colored fruit itself, is a type of berry and when ripe it can be softer than the inside of an Avocado!
The "red papaya" or "yellow papaw" are cultivated from Australia, with the label of "green papaya" going to any fruit that is picked unripe/green. The raw papaya fruit can be eaten and is generally preferred to be de-seeded and with the skin peeled. Green papaya is utilized in Southeast Asian cooking and papaya is also used in Indonesian Thai cuisine for salads, stir-fry, and for jellies or preserves.
As for what the Papaya can do for your skin, there are quite a few benefits! Papaya can even your skin tone, leaving behind a luminous glow- plus it will dissolved dead skin and help lift it off! It's also packed full of beta-carotene and antioxidants that will boost cell turnover and aid in protecting the skin :)
The Lemon is one powerfully awesome fruit too! This small evergreen tree from Asia is a combination of citrus and limon. It's yellow fruit is recognized around the world and is commonly used for cooking and non-culinary processes- mostly for the juice. The juice of the Lemon contains about 5-6% citric acid and that is what's behind the fruits super sour taste.
A first notation of the Lemon can be found at around the 10th century in Arabic literature on farming, in addition to being grown as a decorative plant in Islamic Gardens around the same era. Christopher Columbus is thought to have introduced the fruit to the Americas in 1493, by bringing lemon seeds on his journey to the New World. They now grow and are increasingly planted in California and Florida.
There are a wide variety of uses for the lemon other than just for culinary and decorative reasons. It's an excellent cleaning agent, natural insecticide, room deodorizer, and wood polish- just for starters! Lemons are commonly used in aromatherapy as well and they are a great natural antibacterial fighter :)
What does the Lemon do for your skin exactly?! Many people think of skin lightener when they think lemons for skincare, however the Lemon is more than that! Chalked full of Vitamin C and antioxidants, its a wonderful brightening and skin tone-evening agent. It's perfect for treating blackheads and preventing future breakouts & blemishes as well. If you want to reduce shine and exfoliate your skin and lips- this is a great natural alternative that works.
WANT A GREAT PRODUCT THAT CONTAINS BOTH PAPAYA & LEMON?
THE BEAUTY CLOSET RECOMMENDS:
pore perfecting exfoliator
I've had the opportunity to try out several microdermabrasion creams and similar products, but this one in particular from dr.brandt took its place as my top pick immediately! PoreDermabrasion is one-of-a-kind product that will lend noticeable results with just the first usage :)
I loved how soft and smooth my skin looked and felt from the very first time that I tried the cream and it gave me what I was looking for: super smoothness, luminosity, and smaller pores! I've seen a lot of items that claim to do the latter, however their product usually falls short in actually shrinking pore size and it does manage to achieve that feat, it's not very noticeable.
The container is designed well and that lets you get out just the right of wanted product without wasting it- with a squeeze tube and attached snap-on cap, you aren't making a mess either ;) If you're cautious of any annoying smells or scents, this microdermabrasion cream has nothing of the sort and that allows even the most sensitive of skin types to use it. I also didn't notice any irritation like burning, itching, redness, or other discomfort that you can sometimes get with exfoliators.
As for drawbacks, the only one that I could really find with this product from dr.brandt was the pricing- it's a little high that some may want to spend, but I can say without a doubt though that it's highly effective and worth every penny! I've been extremely happy with my results thus far and will continue to use on the suggested weekly basis for even better results.