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11 Amazing Beauty Benefits Of Plum For Skin & Hair

Plum is a delicious fruit that belongs to subgenus prunus of the genus prunus and is relative to peach, nectarine, and almonds. They are available in many varieties and are also known as “drupes” because of the hard pit stone surrounding them. Plums are a good source of a number of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients etc. and the presence of these compounds make it very beneficial for our health and for our skin and hair. We have already discussed the benefits of plum for our health, and in this article, we will know about the beauty benefits of plum for our skin and  hair.

 

Beauty Benefits of Plums

Beauty Benefits of Plum
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Beauty Benefits of Plum For Skin

 

(1) Minimizes Dark spots And Age Spots

Regular and moderate consumption of plum is very beneficial for our skin,  but alternatively, we can also apply plum extract externally to reap the same benefits. Dark spots and skin discoloration is a common skin problem that affects many of us all around the world, and the plum extract is very beneficial in lightening dark spots, treating skin discoloration, freckles and for minimizing age spots. All you need to do is regularly apply some plum pulp on your face for some time and then wash off with water. This will not only provide relief from dark and age spots but will also make your skin look younger and healthier.

 

(2) Improves Skin Firmness & Skin Tone

Regular consumption of plum juice makes our skin health better, rejuvenates our appearance, is very effective for improving the firmness of our skin and for making our skin tone better.  This is because of the high level of vitamin C in plum. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that promotes collagen production in our body by increasing the production of hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine in our body. These two compounds are needed for binding the molecules that produce collagen.

Collagen is a type of protein that plays an important role in the production of skin, hair, nails and tissues. Deficiency of collagen can make our skin dull and lifeless, but plums prevent our skin from being lifeless and dull. In fact, it makes our skin look refreshed and rejuvenated.

 

(3) Keep Wrinkles And signs of Ageing At Bay

Regular consumption of plum is very effective for the treatment of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and other signs of aging, and for keeping premature aging at bay because of a lot of antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene in it. These antioxidants fights with the unstabilized ions or free radicals of our body stabilize them and prevents our body cells ( including the skin cells) from the oxidative damage caused by these free radicals. In this way, it helps in fighting signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines etc. and keep premature aging at bay.

The anti-inflammatory properties of plum also play an important role in improving the elasticity of our skin by increasing blood circulation in our skin and for reducing inflammation by reducing cell metabolism and thus keep acne and wrinkles at bay.

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(4) Heal Damaged tissue

Regular and moderate consumption of plum is very effective for healing wounds quickly and for replacing the damaged tissues of our skin because of the anti-inflammatory properties  of the plum. It improves skin elasticity and improves skin tone and skin firmness.

 

(5) Reduces Scar

Plum is very effective for minimizing the appearance of  scars by improving the blood flow to scar tissues. It also helps in the development of new skin tissue.

 

(6) Prevents Cell Damage

Eating plums on a regular basis and in a moderate quantity is very effective for preventing our skin cells from damage because of the presence of anthocyanins in it. Anthocyanin is an important antioxidant that provides red color to the plum, strawberries, and other red colored berries.

 

(7) Prevents Sun Damage

Eating plums on a regular basis is very effective for protecting us from the harmful UV rays of the sun and for preventing sun damage because of the high level of antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E,  present in plum. Consuming plums also encourage the growth of new cells, make our skin look younger, and prevent our skin from being rough and wrinkly due to sun damage.

Beauty Benefits of Plum For Hair

 

(1) Combats Baldness

Eating plums on a regular basis is good for hair as it only promotes hair growth, treats dandruff, control hair loss but also because it is effective for the treatment of damaged hair and aids in the treatment of various hair disorders which can otherwise damage the hair follicles and prevents proper hair growth. This benefits plum, also make it effective for combating alopecia, which causes baldness in men.

 

(2) Controls Dandruff

Taking good care of hair is not at all an easy task because of the challenges and hair problems involved in it. Dandruff is one such challenge or hair problem that affects millions of people all around the world. Plums are very effective for providing relief from dandruff because of the presence of vitamin C in it.  Plums fights with the bacteria present on the scalp soothes our scalp and help in getting rid of dandruff. Untreated dandruff and flaky skin can inhibit hair growth by clogging the hair follicles and damaging them. Regular consumption of plum prevents dandruff and also encourages new hair growth.

 

(3) Make Our Hair Strong And thick

Regular consumption of plum is very effective for making our hair strong and thick because of the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E in it. These antioxidants fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and thus prevents them from doing damage to our hair follicles and scalp, and thus prevent our hairs from being weak, brittle and thin. Vitamin E strengthens the cell membranes and prevents free radicals from attacking the hair follicles of our scalp.

 

(4) Prevents Premature Greying of Hair

These days taking care of hair is not at all an easy task as there are many issues which we have to deal with.Problems like hair loss, thinning of hair, premature graying of hair is very common these days. Regular and moderate consumption of plum is very beneficial for our hair as it not only helps in combating hair loss problem but also helps in retaining the natural color of our hair. It is a highly pigmented fruit that prevents premature graying of our hair because of the high level of nutrients present in it.

 

These were some of the major beauty benefits of plum for our hair and skin. Other than the beauty benefits, plums also provide a lot of health benefits and we can enjoy those health benefits as long as we are eating plums in a moderate quantity.It is better to not to eat plums too much as there are also some side effects of plums overeating.

 

 

Reference(s)

http://www.nhtips.com/2014/09/21-health-and-beauty-benefits-of-plum.html

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-plums-for-skin-hair-and-health/

 

Disclaimer

The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, but I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.

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About Bharat Sharma

Bharat Sharma is a simple guy who lives in Delhi,India and loves writing about the health and beauty benefits of the common food item we see in our kitchen and refrigerator.