Dragon Fruit And Skin Radiance

  • Zahraa Al-Lami Alevel Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Arabic, The UCL Academy

Glowy skin is a reflection of good and sound health. It both boosts self-confidence and promotes a positive self-image.

Did you know one way of drastically changing the way your skin looks is through incorporating dragon fruit into your diet? With its rich anti-oxidative properties, dragon fruit can bring you radiant skin and maintain the healthiness of  your internal system.

Read on to learn about its benefits and its role in radiant skin.

What is a dragon fruit?

Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, pitahaya, etc., is a tropical fruit that comes from the species of cacti in the genera Hylocereus and Selenicereus1. It is known for its distinctive appearance and vibrant colours, with most varieties having bright pink or red skin and white or red flesh speckled with small black seeds. The fruit is oval or pear-shaped with a hard skin and typically measures around 6-10 inches in length.

Importance of skin health and its radiance- 

Skin health is crucial and plays an important role in overall well-being and improves quality of life. Protection: The skin acts as a protective barrier against harmful external factors such as germs, pollutants, and UV radiation. It serves as the first line of defence against infections and diseases.

Facilitates blood flow- The red dragon fruit is rich in vitamins and minerals. It has Vitamin B1 and contains phytochemicals, like flavonoids, that are beneficial for our health. Flavonoids in the red dragon fruit can directly capture harmful substances called superoxides and peroxynitrite. By doing this, they help increase the availability of nitric oxide, which is important for expanding blood vessels. They also prevent the formation of peroxynitrite, which can damage the lining of blood vessels. This ultimately leads to better blood flow in the heart's arteries.2

Absorption: The skin can absorb certain substances, making it important to maintain its health to prevent the absorption of harmful chemicals or toxins that could potentially harm the body.

By understanding the importance of skin health, you can opt for appropriate skincare practices and lifestyle choices that promote the well-being and longevity of your skin.

The nutritional  of dragon fruit

  • 1 dragon fruit of 75g weight contains3
  • Water- 63g
  • Energy- 42.8kcal
  • Protein- 0.27g
  • Total lipid (fat)- 0.105 g
  • Fibre, total dietary-2.32g
  • Sugars, total including NLEA- 7.31g
  • Calcium, Ca- 6.75mg
  • Iron, Fe- 0.135mg
  • Magnesium, Mg- 5.25mg
  • Phosphorus, P- 9mg
  • Potassium, K- 87mg
  • Sodium, Na- 0.75mg
  • Zinc, Zn- 0.075mg
  • Copper, Cu- 0.061mg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid- 3.22mg
  • Thiamin- 0.009mg
  • Riboflavin- 0.019mg
  • Niacin- 0.121mg
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) - 0.09 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) - 3.3 µg
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated- 0.071 g
  • Cholesterol - 0mg

How dragon fruit promotes skin radiance?

Packed with the above-mentioned nutrients, dragon fruit contributes to a greater extent in promoting skin radiance.

Antioxidant properties- Dragon fruit is good for your skin because it's packed with antioxidants that protect your body against disease-causing free radicals. The fruit is also low in calories, so it's a healthy choice.

Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize free radicals4, which are unstable molecules that can damage skin cells and accelerate the ageing process leading to fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, etc.

Collagen Production- Dragon fruit contains flavonoids, vitamins A, C, and E, and saponin, required in wound healing. A study performed on the Wistar rats showed that the peel extract of dragon fruit promotes the healing process through collagen formation.5

Skin Brightening: Antioxidants in dragon fruit can help even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. This can result in a brighter, more radiant complexion.

Sun Protection: Although the consumption of dragon fruit cannot replace sunscreen, its antioxidants can provide a certain degree of protection against UV radiation. Vitamin C, in particular, can help mitigate the effects of sun exposure, although it should not be used as a sole means of sun protection.

Facilitates blood flow- The red dragon fruit is rich in vitamins and minerals. It has Vitamin B1 and contains phytochemicals, like flavonoids, that are beneficial for our health. Flavonoids in the red dragon fruit can directly capture harmful substances called superoxides and peroxynitrite. By doing this, they help increase the availability of nitric oxide, which is important for expanding blood vessels. They also prevent the formation of peroxynitrite, which can damage the lining of blood vessels. This ultimately leads to better blood flow in the heart's arteries.2

Skin hydration and moisturisation

Natural skin Hydration: Dragon fruit is primarily composed of water, which can contribute to skin hydration. When you consume the fruit, the water content helps keep your body hydrated, including your skin.

Moisturisation- Dragon fruit seeds are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.6 These essential fatty acids are important for maintaining the skin's lipid barrier, which locks in moisture and prevents water loss. A well-functioning lipid barrier is vital for soft, supple skin.

Exfoliation: Dragon fruit contains natural enzymes, like bromelain, that can gently exfoliate the skin. By removing dead skin cells, it can improve the skin's ability to absorb and retain moisture. Improved skin elasticity

How can you include dragon fruit into your diet?

A. Dietary Consumption

1. Fresh consumption  - Dragon fruit has a mildly sweet and refreshing taste, similar to a mix of kiwi and pear. You can have fresh dragon fruit with a pinch of pink or rock salt according to your taste.

2. Smoothies, salads, and snacks - Dragon fruit is a tasty way to add more health benefits to your food. Due to its subtle taste, it pairs well with most fruits, making it an easy addition to old recipes.

3. Desserts - Dragon fruit an be included in pies, cakes, ice cream and so much more for an additional dimension of flavour and boost of vitamins.

The effect of dragon fruit intake is greater when you take the whole fruit than any supplement as well as cheaper. People enjoy eating it in smoothies, fruit salads or baked desserts.

For skincare 

Topical application

1. DIY face masks – You can create a homemade mask or moisturizer using dragon fruit pulp or juice, add a spoon of curd or squeeze a lemon then apply it on your face and neck, ensuring you keep away from your eyes, for a hydrating and refreshing effect. Keeping for about 15-20 minutes you can wash off and pat it dry.

2. Commercial skincare products with dragon fruit extracts

There are many ready-made skin care products like face masks, serums, dragon fruit seed oil, etc. available online and in the market that are made up of dragon fruit extracts.

To harness the antioxidant properties of dragon fruit for skin radiance, you can consume it as part of your diet or use it topically in homemade facial masks or skincare products. Additionally, a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, along with proper skin care practices, can contribute to a glowing and healthy complexion.

Potential side effects and allergies

Allergic Reactions: It is crucial to remember that some people may be allergic to dragon fruit. Allergic reactions include itching, swelling, rashes, hives, or even anaphylaxis7 in severe cases. If you experience any of these symptoms after consuming or coming into contact with dragon fruit, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately.

Digestive Issues: Dragon fruit may cause some digestive discomfort like bloating, gas, or diarrhoea.

Medication Interactions: It's important to be aware of potential interactions with medications. If you are taking specific medications or have any concerns, consult your healthcare provider before adding dragon fruit to your diet.

To avoid potential side effects and allergic reactions related to dragon fruit, it's crucial to consume it in moderation, especially if you're trying it for the first time. If you have a known latex allergy, be cautious and consult your healthcare provider before consuming dragon fruit. Additionally, if you experience any adverse reactions after consuming dragon fruit, discontinue its use and seek medical advice promptly.


To summarize, dragon fruit can play a beneficial role in enhancing skin radiance and overall skin health. Its rich water content, abundance of vitamins, and anti-oxidant properties contribute to improved hydration and gentle exfoliation. The presence of essential fatty acids and antioxidants aids in maintaining the skin's moisture barrier and combating signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and fine lines.

While taking dragon fruit can potentially promote skin radiance, it is crucial to be aware of any potential allergies or sensitivities. When used in moderation, dragon fruit can serve as a valuable natural ingredient for achieving a radiant and healthy complexion.


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This content is purely informational and isn’t medical guidance. It shouldn’t replace professional medical counsel. Always consult your physician regarding treatment risks and benefits. See our editorial standards for more details.

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Bhashwati Deb Barma

Bachelor of Physiotherapy,M.S., Ramaiah Medical College, India

Bhashwati is a Physiotherapist with a firm grasp of Paediatric physiotherapy and is currently working with special children in the community.

She has 6 years of experience working in hospitals and non-profit organizations set up. As a writer by passion, she is putting up her practical and academic knowledge into her articles.

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