Pineapple isn’t just the fruit that always gets eaten first in a communal fruit salad. It’s also rich in glowy-skin properties and more and more skin-care brands are starting to take note. Pineapple extract is chock full of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that chemically exfoliate skin to give it that luminous glow.
According to Audrey Kunin, a Kansas-based dermatologist, pineapple is rich in both “antioxidant vitamin C, which helps fight free-radical damage, supports the production of collagen and the enzyme bromelain, and brightens the complexion.” The enzyme helps dissolve proteins, she explains, which means when used topically it can help aid chemical exfoliation and unclog pores.
Think of pineapple as the younger, trendier vitamin C ingredient. It just wants to lay by the pool in a bikini (in the shade, of course). Pineapple extract also pairs well with others, so plenty of products below contain fruit enzymes from papaya, pumpkin, and more.
Ahead, we’ve gathered our favorite pineapple-infused formulas, including a SpongeBob-inspired serum from Glow Recipe and a package of makeup wipes that, I swear, just made makeup wipes fun again. You’ll also notice lots of options with “exfoliate” or “brighten” in the name. Kunin recommends pineapple-infused products for those concerned about dull skin, large pores, and fine lines. It’s also great if, frankly, you just want a sunny addition to your medicine cabinet.
We suggest pairing these with a beach vacation and a rum-filled piña colada. But if you can’t get there this list also includes a body lotion that will make you feel like you have.