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You can find fruit acids in many of today’s skin products. They include:

  • malic acid (from apples and pears)

  • citric acid (from citrus fruits like oranges and lemons)
  • tartaric acid (from grapes)

Other AHAs don’t come from fruits, necessarily, but are still naturally sourced from foods. They are sometimes lumped in the group when talking about fruit acids:

  • glycolic acid (from sugar cane)
  • lactic acid (from milk)
  • mandelic acid (from bitter almonds)

Some of these acids may work differently on your skin. Glycolic is thought to be best for lighter skins, for example, as it can sometimes cause irritation and hyperpigmentation in darker skins.

Both lactic and malic acids seem to be safer in darker skin types.

Mash about 6 ripe strawberries (or 10-12 of the others) with a couple tablespoons milk, one tablespoon oats, and a half tablespoon of honey. Tomatoes are also good for oily skin, but they tend to be a bit harsher, so test carefully on a small spot of skin before applying all over your face.

Mix well, and apply on the skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing and enjoy the refined pores and healthy glow.

Mash a fresh papaya (the natural enzymes are great for exfoliating) with a cooked sweet potato. The vitamin A in the sweet potato may help encourage exfoliation and a tighter look.

Mix until they are well blended. If you need more liquid, add in some milk or yogurt. Apply and leave on skin for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off.

Author: Kim Lam

Kim is a board-certified Holistic Health Coach, Healthy Living and Cleanse Consultant, and studied under Drs. Andrew Weil and Walter Willet.

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