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Persimmon benefits for the skin and hair

Persimmon is a very popular fruit in many parts of the world. It has many health benefits which include boosting immunity, improving eyesight, stopping diarrhea, and aiding digestion. However, most people are more interested in their looks, and want to know how persimmon can help them get a better skin, and healthier hair.

Well, I’m also a fan of good looks. Besides, if you don’t look good in this 21st century world, you will have a low-level of confidence, which can translate into difficulty in relating with other people. And looking good is not always about having a pointed nose, or well-carved eyes. Having a beautiful, smooth, and sparkling skin, and a healthy shiny hair can as well add to your beauty.

Now, let’s look at how persimmon can affect your skin and hair.

Persimmon benefits for the skin and hair

  • Brightens skin tone

Persimmon contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, all of which are very beneficial to the skin. Vitamin C and E are particularly helpful in brightening the skin tone. They add some moisture and brightness to the skin; reason why these vitamins are found in many skin creams.

  • Moisturizes the skin

Adding some moisture to your skin is essential in preventing skin dryness. Thankfully, nourishing and moisturizing your skin doesn’t require a whole lot of investment. With just a persimmon, yolk, and honey, you can change the looks of your skin in no time. You might be surprised by the results, as this combination can outperform many skin products out there.

To make a persimmon lotion for skin care, HowFaceCare suggests the following:

  • A tablespoon of pulp of persimmons should be pulverized to make a gruel, and mixed with a tablespoon of vegetable oil,
  • Add one yolk, a teaspoon of starch, and a teaspoon of honey.
  • Resulting cream from mixture should be applied to the face and neck, like a mask, for about 30 – 40 minutes.
  • Rub until smooth.
  • Leftover of cream can be stored in the refrigerator for subsequent use (1).

 

  • Maintains healthy hair

Persimmons are nutrient-rich fruits. As, already mentioned, they contain reasonable amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. They also contain reasonable amounts of most B-group vitamins. Vitamin A is essential for healthy hair growth. It repairs the hair and keeps the scalp moist. In fact, most hair loss treatments contain vitamin A, as it is believed to stimulate hair growth.

Vitamin E on the other hand is a great antioxidant. Its application on the scalp can help reduce inflammation, and even repair damaged follicles. And healthier follicles mean improved hair growth. Moreover, vitamin C plays a role in the production of collagen, which is important for hair growth.

  • Prevents skin ageing

Persimmon is full of antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and numerous other phytochemicals. A research found the phenolic acid and catechin contents of persimmon to have very strong antioxidant properties (2).

Antioxidants help the body fight the activities of free radicals which are responsible for skin ageing. Using persimmon as a natural anti-ageing skin treatment can help make your skin look younger and healthy. This is in addition to its benefits in preventing cancer.

  • Prevents skin wrinkles

Persimmons contain vitamin A in reasonable quantities. Vitamin A can help fight dry skin, and keep your skin moist. The more dry your skin becomes, the more wrinkle you will form. Persimmons also contain lycopene, which is probably the most powerful antioxidant identified in foods.

Lycopene can prevent skin ageing and skin pore clogging, and also protect it from UV rays. It can also fight cell damage due to free radicals, and maintain skin moisture, which helps prevent wrinkles.

  • Fights excess skin oil

Excess oil or sebum production leads to clogged skin pores, which in turn causes uneven skin tone and pimples. To curb this excess oil production and unclog pores, many people mix persimmon pulp with other cleansing foods such as cucumber or honey, and then rub the resultant mixture on their face. While the above combination is not research-based, it at least has some little scientific-evidences to back it up.

 

Hey, before you go, you should also check out other health benefits of persimmon on the human body here. It can help prevent cancer, manage diabetes, fight cardiovascular conditions, fight anemia, relieve diarrhea, improve vision, and prevent intestinal disorders. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss out on all these benefits.

 

About the author

Abbati

Abbati studied Biological sciences at Ahmadu Bello Univeristy, Zaria. He loves learning about the medicinal properties of foods, and the need to explore them!

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