Kiwifruit, commonly known as Chinese gooseberry or kiwi fruit, is a group of over 60 delicious berries. The size, shape and flavor of these berries vary. Although some are smaller than others, they still provide a powerful nutritional boost. The vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds found in kiwi fruit have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that have been shown to support healthy skin. Therefore, you may be wondering if the fruit is a good addition to your skincare routine.
This article discusses whether kiwi is beneficial for your skin.
Rich in skin-friendly nutrients
Vitamins C and E are abundant in kiwi fruit. Additionally, kiwi fruit includes plant compounds such as polyphenols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Human skin contains many of these nutrients. In addition, their consumption can improve your skin in several ways:
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Animal testing has shown vitamin C to reduce skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) exposure. The vitamin also aids in collagen synthesis and may help prevent skin discoloration due to age spots or other factors.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. This vitamin helps protect your skin from UV rays and oxidative stress.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two types of carotenoids. These antioxidants, especially when combined, can help lighten dark spots on your skin. They may also increase levels of carotenoids, which protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
Epigallocatechin gallate, a flavonoid polyphenol found in kiwifruit, is a flavonoid polyphenol (EGCG). EGCG has the potential to protect your skin from oxidative stress and even skin cancer.
The kiwi’s skin, or “peel,” contains more of these nutrients than the sweet, sweet core. The skin of the kiwi is edible, so eat it the next time you eat one to get the most nutrients.
However, keep in mind that the majority of studies on these benefits focus on the high-dose supplements of minerals found in kiwi fruit rather than eating the fruit itself.
Additionally, despite the fact that kiwifruit contains several nutrients with potential skin health benefits, there is no evidence that consuming large amounts of kiwifruit will result in healthier skin.
Can you apply kiwi to your skin?
The idea of a kiwi sliced eye treatment or a mashed fruit face mask may come to mind when you consider using kiwi fruit on your skin.
To reduce puffiness and dark circles, some people use kiwi eye masks, which are slices of fruit applied to the eyelids.
However, word of mouth is the main source of support for skincare regimens like this. There is no scientific evidence that applying kiwi fruit to your face or skin improves your skin health.
Despite this, kiwi, its seeds or extracts are found in many skin serums, face masks and other skin care products.
Benefits of Kiwi:
Only a few researches have looked into the health benefits of kiwifruit for skin. The majority of these studies were not conducted on humans and did not focus on the direct application of kiwi fruit to the skin.
Polysaccharides – a type of sugar – found in kiwi fruit increased the creation of keratinocyte skin cells, among others, according to a 2005 test-tube study. Keratinocytes are the most common cells in the epidermis, the outermost layer of your skin.
Additionally, a 2009 study in mice indicated that ingesting a kiwi fruit extract reduced symptoms of eczema, a skin disorder characterized by itchy and red patches.
However, because this research used kiwifruit extract orally, the results cannot be transferred to kiwifruit-based skincare products or direct application of the fruit to the skin.
This suggests that eating kiwifruit as part of a well-balanced diet may benefit your skin the most. Whether kiwifruit is eaten or applied topically, more research, especially in humans, is needed before any conclusions can be drawn about its skin benefits.
Kiwifruit is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, lutein, and zeaxanthin, as well as flavonoids, which may benefit your skin. Even if you’ve seen or heard of people applying kiwifruit directly to their skin, that’s unlikely to be the ideal approach to using the fruit to improve skin health.
Instead, consume kiwi fruit with other fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and seafood to ensure your diet is rich in skin-supporting nutrients from a variety of healthy sources.
First published: Jun 04, 2022, 05:11 IST