The fruit of contradictions—hard from the outside and soft on the inside with a seedy center—guava is a great indulgence for those who want to improve their skin condition from the inside out.

The ingredient is loaded with antioxidants—particularly vitamin C and carotene. Here are some other factors that contribute to its many beauty benefits:

Aging: The antioxidants reduce free radicals, which would have otherwise led to aging; they help detox the skin of impurities, which is what gives you that inherent glow. Guavas are also rich in vitamins A, B and C, and potassium, which accelerate the natural production of collagen within the skin. This makes the fruit not just a corrective, but preemptive solutions as well.

Discoloration: Guavas contain lycopene, which protects the cells from environmental toxins and sun damage, and helps heal scar tissue.

Breakouts: Vitamin K in guavas improves blood circulation, which tempers problems like acne, dark circles, spider veins, rosacea and skin irritations.

Plus, the fruit internally clears the digestive system and flushes out toxins to improve your overall health as well.

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With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.