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Rejuvenate your looks with grapefruit!

Harness the anti-aging power of grapefruit! It’s loaded with antioxidan­ts, vitamin C and natural acids that soften fine lines, volumize your hair and exfoliate your skin to reveal a youthful glow!


1Prevent wrinkles with a grapefruit facial!

“The natural antioxidan­ts in grapefruit fight free radicals—molecules that are linked to wrinkling— destroying them before they can cause damage!” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, PH.D., author of Be Your Own Herbalist. What’s more, the fruit’s natural alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate to reveal smooth, new skin, while honey penetrates to deliver lasting hydration and softness.

DIY it! Add 1 Tbs. fresh grapefruit zest and 1 tsp. honey to the mashed flesh of 1/2 avocado, suggests Schoffro Cook. Smooth mixture over face and neck, then relax for 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Fast fix! Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Pore Perfection Paper Mask, $15.99 for 5 masks, at Target.com.

2Brighten your skin with a citrus-mint scrub!

Recapturin­g that head-to-toe youthful glow has never been easier! Here’s why: Grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C, which helps your body repair sun damage like dark spots and uneven skin tone, and it encourages collagen production so your skin is velvety smooth and luminous!

● DIY it! Schoffro Cook recommends mixing 2 Tbs. olive oil with 1/2 cup sugar. Add 2 Tbs. fresh grapefruit zest and 5 drops peppermint essential oil. Massage scrub into damp skin, then rinse. ■ Fast fix! Mayfair Soap Foundry Grapefruit Bergamot Sugar Scrub, $8.99 at Target.com.

3Feel younger with grapefruit perfume!

The fastest way to turn back the clock? With grapefruit perfume! In a Smell & Taste Research Foundation study, women who wore grapefruit-scented perfume were perceived as being nearly six years younger than those who wore other scents. Try an age-defying spritz of The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Eau de Toilette, $15, Thebodysho­p.com.

4 Volumize hair with a rosemary-citrus tonic!

Give your hair more volume with clarifying grapefruit! “It exfoliates dead cells and product buildup on your scalp, and keeping your follicles clear can help promote healthy hair growth,” reveals Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in the dermatolog­y department at NYC’S Mount Sinai Hospital.

● DIY it! Add 1 tsp. fresh grapefruit juice and 1-2 drops rosemary essential oil to 1/4 cup olive oil, suggests Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home. Use fingertips to massage into clean, dry scalp for 3-5 minutes. Rinse well, then follow with shampoo and conditione­r.

5Revitaliz­e your feet with a salted citrus pedicure!

“Your feet need pampering as much as the rest of your body—they work hard!” Cox says. Luckily, a quick scrub harnesses the power of grapefruit’s naturally exfoliatin­g citric acid to slough off rough skin, while coconut oil restores hydration. Complete your pedicure with a citrus-inspired nail polish, like CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Grapefruit Sparkle ($10.50 at Ulta).

● DIY it! Mix 1/4 cup sea salt with 1 Tbs. coconut oil. Stir in 1 Tbs. fresh grapefruit zest and 2 tsp. fresh grapefruit juice. While seated, vigorously massage scrub into soles of feet while using a softer touch on tops of feet. Rinse well.

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