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Feed Your Face: Mangosteen, the Queen of Fruit

By Dr Jessica Wu

Many of you know that besides advocating eating the right foods, I’m a big fan of using food-derived ingredients on your skin. Because the use of botanical extracts and food-derived ingredients in commercial skin care is still quite new, we’re really in the avant-garde of the natural skin care revolution. One ingredient that’s gotten a lot of buzz recently, and that I think you’ll be hearing more about in the future, is mangosteen.

The mangosteen (no relation to the mango) is a tropical fruit that’s native to Southeast Asia. It was actually banned in the United States until 2007 because of concerns about a fruit fly infestation. Like the pomegranate, the mangosteen contains a high concentration of polyphenol antioxidants. I had fresh mangosteen when I was in Asia a few months ago, and it was delicious -- kind of like a tangy peach with a creamy texture. Both pomegranates and mangosteens are available in juice form at health food stores and specialty grocery stores, but they are increasingly being added to skin care products. In fact, they’re often combined in the same products. One study found that a commercial skin cream containing a mixture of mangosteen and pomegranate lessened facial wrinkling and sun damage after daily use for 60 days.

You can find mangosteen extract in Fresh's Mangosteen Collection, which includes a body lotion, a bath and shower gel, soap, and eau de parfum (at Sephora and fresh.com), as well as in Glimpse skin care products, from the makers of Xango mangosteen juice (at glimpseskincare.com).

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