Move aside moringa, charcoal and clary sage, because our favourite cocktail mixer is the newest buzz-worthy skincare ingredient to hit our shelfies. Yup, we’re talking about pineapple.
With brands like Marc Jacobs, Too Faced and Glow Recipe all launching pineapple based skincare products this summer, we’re officially calling it as the new go-to to ingredient to perk up our dull skin.
SOUNDS OBVIOUS, BUT WHAT IS PINEAPPLE EXTRACT?
‘Pineapple is the common name of Ananas comosus, a member of the plant family Bromeliaceae’, explains Dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams. ‘Pineapple extracts contain bromelain, a mix of enzymes, and are used in skincare as bromelain helps to gently exfoliate the skin. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits.’
HOW DOES PINEAPPLE WORK IN YOUR SKINCARE?
Pineapple is rich in Vitamins C & E which are the two you need to pep up your skin when it’s looking a bit meh. They’re known to brighten and even out skin tone whilst being an antioxidant and preventing skin from pollution damage during the day.
It’s an overachiever of an ingredient because on top of all that, it’s also a gentle exfoliator. The enzymes found in pineapple can slough away dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of blackheads, which means it’s ideal for anyone struggling with persistent spots.
Speaking of blemishes, pineapple is also a natural anti-inflammatory so when unwanted spots do appear, the fruit will help reduce redness and swelling. Basically, it’s the answer to all our skincare dreams.
WHO SHOULD USE PINEAPPLE-BASED SKINCARE?
Anyone seeking the ‘gleaming skin’ Ariana Grande is always singing about. Also, if you’re after a clear and even skin tone but normally break out with harsh exfoliators, this is going to be one to add into your routine ASAP.
WHAT MAKES PINEAPPLE EXTRACT DIFFERENT FROM VITAMIN C?
Despite being packed with Vitamin C, pineapple (aka bromelain) is an entirely different thing. Aesthetician Pam Marshall explains, ‘Vitamin C is much lower in molecular weight and has the ability (with the correct pH) to penetrate beyond the Stratum Lucidum (our inner dead layer of the epidermis) and functionally change the skin.
‘Bromelain’s molecular weight is too high, and therefore cannot penetrate beyond our dead layers, and so is only a superficial exfoliator’.
Which means it might not be suitable for stubborn dark spots or pigmentation but if you just want a glow it’s definitely worth a go.
WHICH SKIN TYPES SHOULD AVOID PINEAPPLE?
Being a natural exfoliator, pineapple can leave skin on the dryer side of the spectrum so it isn’t particularly ideal for dehydrated complexions. However, if you still wanted to give it a try, you can mix a pineapple-based product with a trusted hyaluronic serum to get the maximum benefits minus the flaky skin.
Dr Williams warns that, although bromelain should suit all skin types, it ‘also largely depends on all sorts of factors, such as end concentration in the product (in higher concentrations bromelain may be irritating to the skin and not suitable for sensitive skin), other ingredients in the product and the base formulation’.
So as with everything, there is no ‘one size fits all’, rather a bespoke approach to what suits your skin’s particular needs.
This article first appeared on ELLE.