Grapefruit —we love it for breakfast and the juice makes vodka taste even better. But, grapfruit has a plethora of benefits for our bodies, inside and out.
Of all the citrus fruit, grapefruit has the highest concentration of lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient, and free radical scavenger. Preliminary research suggests that lycopene is associated with reduced risk of macular degenerative disease and cancers of the lung, prostate, bladder, cervix and skin.
Grapefruit is a rich source of vitamin C, which may help prevent and/or treat cataracts and other eye disorders, the common cold, scurvy, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, throat infections, osteoarthritis, healing of wounds and broken bones, bronchitis, and other ailments.
Researchers have found that grapefruit may help prevent weight gain by lowering insulin levels and could be beneficial for persons with high cholesterol.
Rich in citric acid (an alpha hydroxy acid), grapefruit extract is a powerful exfoliator and will loosen dead skin cells and exfoliate dry skin.
Lycopene also strengthens skin and helps to prevent wrinkles by enhancing its ability to produce collagen and reducing DNA damage.
Alan Hirsch, neurological director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, studies the link between smell/taste and physical, psychological, and emotional reactions. The grapefruit aroma caused people to guess others to be about 6 years younger than their actual age.
As beauty obsessed bloggers, we had to share our secret grapefruit(s) that keep us
gorgeous smelling good…
1. Team 20/20 writer Camille's grapefruit pick: Jane Carter Wrap & Roll
"Jane Carter Solutions: Wrap & Roll Setting Mousse. This will help tame the flyaways while maintaining the elasticity you crave with Grapefruit and Lemon essential oils! Best thing about it, it's only $8.99 at Target."
2. Editor-in-Chief Tracey's grapefruit pick: 100% Pure Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub.
"Everyone knows I'm a scrubaholic. And I love the scent of grapefruit—hence this pick. 100% Pure Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub exfoliates with grapefruit extract, a natural alpha hyudroxy acid, and hydrates with organic rosehip and apricot oils. Plus the scent is a perfect pick me up—almost as good as a cup of coffee in the mornning."
Team 20/20 writer Chelsea's Grapefruit pick: Nature's Gate Grapefruit & Wild Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner
"I wash my hair way too much and I'm always changing the style, so it's rather fragile. Nature's Gate Grapefruit & Wild Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner tame my frizzies, and leaves my hair shiny and full of life. It smells great and doesn't strip my black-out-of-the-bottle hair color!"
Nerdy by Nature writer Taylor's grapefruit pick: Kiss My Face In The Pink Grapefruit & Lemon Soap
"My mom started buying us Kiss My Face soap when we were little kids and I still love that brand. I even use the moisturtizer with sunscreen, a whole bottle lasts me forevery. I see that they have a grapefruit soap called In The Pink that I want to try. I'm 20, but I'm still a kid, so maybe my mom will buy it for me.?
LA Beauty Newbie's grapefruit pick: Jonathan Product Finish Control Mini
"I was definitely skeptical about using this vegan hairspray since I thought it would be a gateway to disaster. As much as I hate to be wrong, this time I don't mind because this smoothie in a spray really impressed me. The grapefruit extract helps to bring out my natural highlights while conditioning, protecting and shielding my strands from devastating environmental damage. No flakes, no frizz, no flyaways—my fierce stays fresh on the fly!
Bona Fide Face Deidre's grapefruit pick: Burt Bee's Hair Repair Shea & Grapefruit Deep Conditioner