Pears for youthful skin: 5 ways to add the juicy fruit to your skincare regime – Health shots

Pear is one of the fruits that can thrive even during the coldest months of the year, so why not include it in your diet? Pear is known for improving the gut health and immunity. But did you know that this juicy and sweet fruit can work wonders on your skin? Mash it and apply it on your face or just make this one of the star ingredients of your salad. Eat it or apply it, there are many ways to enjoy the benefits of pears. If you like to use fresh fruits and natural ingredients for your face pack rather than buying things from beauty stores, read on to know how to include pears in your skincare regime.
When you make a face pack, you do need more than one ingredient. Clearly, pears will have to be accompanied with another natural ingredient if you wish to apply it on your face.
Health Shots connected with Dr Santosh Pandey, skin specialist – naturopathy, Rejua Energy Center, Mumbai, to learn more about the fruit  loaded with nutrients, and how to include it in skin care regime.
When we think of vitamin C, citrus fruits pop up in our minds. But if you don’t like anything citrus, you can try the sweet pear that contains a good amount of Vitamins A and C. Pandey said that they help to prevent the damage from the oxidative stress that is caused from the poor diet, stress and pollution. Pears also reduce the dryness of skin and wrinkles, and the phenolic content in the fruit comprises useful skin-whitening agents. The fruit’s extracts are used as a skin treatment ingredient as they are not only antioxidants, but might also have UVB-blocking ability.
Women with acne problem can also use pears on their face as the fruit possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. They help to effectively combat the “microbes causing acne and thus, reducing inflammation and scarring on the face,” shared the expert. Pears are full of dietary fiber which plays a key role in keeping skin soft and smooth.
If we look at the skincare products in the markets, we can pick anything from pear-based scrubs to face wash with pear as the ingredient or pear- based sunscreen.
But if you believe in doing it yourself in the comfort of your home then you can do the following:
Mix pear, oatmeal and water with pear juice extract and turn it into a paste.
Apply it on your face in an even layer then leave it on for 10 minutes and finally, wash it off with lukewarm water. This will help to keep your skin youthful as it reduces age spots as well as wrinkles.
Mash a pear and mix it with fresh cream and honey then use this paste thrice a week as a face mask if you want soft skin.
You can also use a mashed pear with just honey to control oil on your skin, making it perfect for those with oily skin.
You can also mash pears into your scrub for an excellent session of exfoliation.
If you want to mix more ingredients, you can do that as well. Make a thick paste using pears then add coconut milk, a few drops of essential massage oil and a bit of lemon juice to it. Once you get a smooth paste, apply it on your face in a gentle circular motion and exfoliate your skin for around five to 10 minutes and then, rinse it with lukewarm water.
Natalia Ningthoujam has written on various subjects – from music to films and fashion to lifestyle- as a journalist in her nearly 13-year long career. After getting stories from the crime scene, police headquarters, and conducting interviews with celebrities, she is now writing on health and wellness which has become her focus area.
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