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10 Incredible Benefits of Pineapple for Beauty and Health

Sure, it's great in a pina colada, but did you know that your favorite crowned fruit works wonders for your body, too? Follow along to learn about the benefits of pineapple.

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Improves the Look of Skin

Looking for a healthier and more rejuvenated complexion? Pineapple contains a powerful enzyme called bromelain which can break down and help sweep away dead skin cells. This makes it the ideal ingredient for a face mask. To try it out, simply rub a cube of freshly sliced pineapple on your face and neck, avoiding more sensitive areas (especially nicks and pimples!). Let the juice sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse. After a few applications, you’ll begin to notice your skin look younger and brighter.

Psst! We recommend limiting this treatment to once a week as the acidic properties of pineapple can also irritate skin.

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Fades Scars & Acne Marks

Buh-bye, sun damage and scars! When paired with super-enzyme bromelain, the ascorbic acid in pineapple helps to reduce the look of dark marks and even out skin tone. Simply apply pineapple juice to the intended area using a Q-tip, let sit for 5 minutes and rinse.

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Helps Give Lips a Lift

Use pineapple to plump and smooth lips with a pina colada-inspired lip scrub. Best, part? You only need three simple ingredients. Mix 1/2 tablespoon of pineapple juice (or pineapple puree) with 1/2 tablespoon slightly melted coconut oil, then add to 2 tablespoons of white sugar. Massage a small dab over lips, remove using a damp cloth and pucker up! We recommend avoiding this scrub if you have cracked or split lips as it can sting.

Hey, sweet stuff—did you know you can make a lip scrub using your favorite candy, too?

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Supports Your Immune System

Pineapple contains a whopping amount of vitamin C, an essential nutrient for immune health. A single cup of chopped pineapple will give you over 125% of your recommended daily dose. Work the power of antioxidants into your diet by stirring up our fave Pineapple-Coconut Smoothie recipe for breakfast.

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Builds Strong Bones

A cup of cubed pineapple will also help you reach 75% of your daily manganese intake. Manganese is recognized as a major player for bone health—and it’s been proven to aid in more complex bone issues like osteoporosis.

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Fights Upset Stomachs

The bromelain enzyme in pineapple assists with poor digestion, too, as it helps break down proteins and can reduce inflammation. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber.

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Softens & Smooths Cracked Feet

Been hard on your tootsies recently? Give yourself a DIY spa day with some help from pineapple. Create an exfoliating foot scrub by combining 1/2 cup brown sugar with 1/4 cup pineapple juice. Let your feet soak, then use the scrub to focus on rough or dry spots.

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Supports Eye Health

The beta carotene and vitamin A found in pineapple supports eyesight and can help prevent vision loss. Which is great because you’ll want to get a good look at our stunning Skillet Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.

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Reduces Wrinkles

As a natural astringent, you can feel pineapple’s tightening effect on your skin in seconds. However, the vitamin C in this delicious fruit is what’ll help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles—leaving you with smooth skin that lasts. Simply massage pineapple juice on skin, avoiding any sensitive areas.

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Packs in Nutrients

This superfruit is a great healthy alternative for when you’re craving something sweet. Here are approximate nutritional specs per 1 cup, pineapple chunks (165g):

Amounts per 1 cup, chunks (165g)

  • Calories: 82.5
  • Total Carbohydrate: 21.6g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.3g
  • Starch: 0.0g
  • Sugars: 16.3g
  • Total Fat: 0.2g
  • Protein: 0.9g
  • Vitamin C: 78.9mg
  • Calcium: 21.5mg
  • Iron: 0.5mg
  • Magnesium: 19.8mg
  • Phosphorus: 13.2mg
  • Potassium: 180mg
  • Sodium: 1.7mg
  • Zinc: 0.2mg
  • Manganese: 1.5 mg

Ready to eat? Try our 50 greatest pineapple recipes of all time.

Nicole Doster
Nicole is the Content Director of TMB's Strategy and Performance team. She oversees the brand's shopping and trend editorial teams and assists with content planning across Taste of Home, Family Handyman, Reader's Digest, The Healthy and Birds & Blooms. With over seven years of experience writing and editing in the food and home space, she enjoys sharing cooking tips, recipe picks and product recommendations that make life a little easier. When she's not hunched over her laptop, she's either practicing latte art or fixating on her latest DIY home renovation.