When we heard about this amazing beautifying ingredient that costs less than $5, we had to try out some dragon fruit DIYs right away! And although it was a little messy, the benefits were HUGE! This incredible fruit, which is also known as Pitaya, is the fruit of a cactus plant that grows in tropical areas of Latin America and Asia. Even though we have to admit, it doesn’t taste that great, we promise it’ll work wonders for your beauty regime. It’s essentially a natural moisturizer as it consists of over 80% water and is packed with beauty-boosting vitamins and antioxidants. Here’re some of the awesome things it can do:
For your skin:
Dragon fruit is amazing for acne-prone skin and when applied topically, the high vitamin C content helps to reduce redness and inflammation by boosting your skin’s blood flow. Because it’s an amazing source of vitamin b6, eating Dragon Fruit will help regulate your hormone levels thereby minimizing breakouts. It will also reduce your prostaglandin production (another hormone group), which means your body won’t produce as much sebum – the oily residue that can block your pores causing blackheads and pimples.
Not only is dragon fruit crazy hydrating, it’s also bursting with antioxidants that will help fight free radicals that cause premature aging. The fruit contains a natural form of collagen as well, which improves the elasticity of your skin to make it look firmer, so it makes a great anti-aging mask.
Easy DIY: Making a mask is super easy. Just blend dragon fruit into a paste and apply it directly onto your skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with warm water.
For Sunburn: Another benefit is dragon fruit’s super high vitamin E and C content, and by eating it you can help protect your skin from the damage of UV rays (but that doesn’t mean you can skip the SPF). It’s full of proteins and skin-repairing enzymes too, so it’ll also speed up the healing process while hydrating your skin. For the ultimate soothing DIY lotion, blend the meat of half a Dragon Fruit with 3 tablespoons of yogurt and let it sit on your skin for 15 minutes, then wash it off with cool water.
For your hair:
By applying dragon fruit onto your hair as a mask, you’ll stimulate growth and add a serious shine as it’s full of Omega 3 and Omega 6. It’s also great at preventing split ends from forming as it’ll keep your hair mega hydrated and the natural collagen will help your hair strands remain strong and healthy. Just blitz the meat of the fruit in a blender, then apply it onto your hair from root to tip and wash it off 15 minutes later with warm water.
The Ultimate Dragon Fruit Facemask
This super nourishing mask includes honey, which is nourishing and has antibacterial properties and olive oil (packed with vitamins and anti-aging antioxidants) for extra hydration. Just mix the puree of half a dragon fruit with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin oil and 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply the mix to cleansed skin and wash it off 15 minutes later with warm water.