Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, is one of our star ingredients, due to its powerful anti-aging and skin beautifying properties. The magenta colored, tropical fruitbelonging to the cactus family, is a powerful source of skin nourishing antioxidants and youth-restoring vitamins.
It’s rich in the antioxidant anthocyanin, which has powerful anti-aging properties and protects skin from UV radiation. Its potent vitamin C content treats photoaging, brightens the skin and promotes collagen synthesis which smooths fine lines, wrinkles and helps to repair scars. Vitamin C also greatly slows down melanin synthesis and works as a skin whitening agent, reducing hyperpigmentation and controlling the formation of dark spots. This along with its ability to calm redness and irritation, helps to even out skin tone and improve the skin’s complexion. In addition to vitamin C, its high levels of polysaccharides also give pitaya a strong skin tightening effect.
When using pitaya extract topically, benefits include:
- Reduction in hyperpigmentation
- Brighter skin
- Firmer and tighter skin
- Reduction in wrinkles and fine lines
- Repairs scars
- Improves skin complexion
- Reduces redness and irritation
- Protects skin from sun damage
- Stimulates collagen production
- Reduces skin damage from a cellular level
When taken internally, the superfruit is the fountain of youth for the liver, which means it also helps to maintain your skin’s youthfulness, as the skin is a reflection of the liver. In fact, it’s one of the most powerful liver foods, even beating out beets. According to Anthony William, the Medical Medium, “the red pigment of the red fleshed variety of pitaya is a rejuvenator for your liver, bringing cells back to life. It helps your liver produce cells faster so regeneration of the liver can occur.” He says, it “slows down and stops liver aging by caring for its deep inner core, which in most cases succumbs to disease if left neglected for too long.”