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Mention citrus fruits and the mind goes to those juicy tangy fruits that we all love to eat. The constituents of these fruits – glucose, sucrose, fructose, dietary fiber and others – are immensely beneficial for health. Add to these the important nutrients found in these fruits, such as folate, lycopene, magnesium, niacin, phytonutrients, potassium, thiamin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C, and you can say goodbye to your other skin and haircare products.
Benefits of Citrus for the skin
The constituents of citrus fruits are highly beneficial for the skin and hair in a number of ways:-
● Brightens the skin
Including citrus fruits, like lemons, lime and grapefruits, in your daily diet and beauty routine helps in achieving clear, glowing and blemish-free skin. This is because these fruits are rich in Vitamin C that destroy the harmful free radicals and rejuvenate the skin to leave it radiant and glowing.
● Antiaging properties
The ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) contained in citrus fruits keeps the skin looking young and ever youthful. Not only this, ascorbic acid also regenerates collagen that maintains skin elasticity.
● Hydrates the skin
Citrus fruits have a higher water content that may range from 80 to 90 percent. This not only fulfils body’s need for fluids, but also helps in keeping the skin and scalp well hydrated.
● Exfoliates the skin
The coarse peels of a citrus fruit prove great for exfoliating and cleansing the skin. These peels, saturated with Vitamin C, help in clearing clogged skin pores and in removing dead skin on the face.
Not only does it clear dead skin cells, but also shrinks the pores to make the skin look youthful and radiant.
● Reduces pigmentation
The UV rays of the sun wreak havoc on the skin, causing dark spots and pigmentation. This is because these rays deplete the antioxidants in the skin, causing oxidative damage. Eating citrus fruits or applying the juice topically helps build up Vitamin C in the body that prevents pigmentation and UV-induced photodamage.
● Prevents hair loss
The collagen produced by Vitamin C in citrus fruits strengthens hair and prevents it from breaking. Consuming citrus fruits also prevents hair loss.
● Clears dandruff
Citrus juice applied to the scalp helps clean it and clear it of dandruff. Not only this, it also reduces dullness and makes the hair look thicker and shinier.
Ayana’s handmade soaps with citrus essential oils
Ayana Wellness recognizes the importance of citrus fruit ingredients for the skin. Not only does the citric acid present in these fruits kill bacteria and other pathogens present on the skin, it also rejuvenates and cleanses the skin. This fruit also imparts its distinctive fragrance.
To this end, Ayana Wellness has introduced two handmade soaps - Ayana’s Charcoal Soap and Ayana's Daily Skin Detox Soap, both containing pure essential oils of lemon, grapefruit and orange that provide the full benefits of citrus. You can order these soaps online from ayanaproducts.com.