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What Does Citrus Do for My Skin?

Vitamin C the difference

Citrus is naturally filled with brightening vitamin C, along with other vital nutrients that tone and detoxify your skin, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed.

The scents of orange, lemon, grapefruit and lime are immediately recognizable thanks to their zingy signature fragrances. But take a deeper look at these beautiful ingredients, and you’ll discover there’s more to them than just their fresh aroma.

Where do they come from?

The rind (or peel) of citrus fruits feature a waxy, bumpy texture and white pithy under layer that keeps the delicious fruit inside protected from the outside world. But it’s within the peels that you’ll find a huge portion of the fruit’s essential oils.

To get these oils, we use a process called cold-pressed extraction: the rinds are squeezed to extract the oils. Doing this process without the assistance of heat helps retain the oil’s flavor, aroma and nutritional value.

What are the benefits of citrus?

They’re cleansing

All citrus essential oils are natural cleansers—it’s why you’ll find them in so many products from household cleaners to cosmetics. The grapefruit infusion and lime oil in Ocean Salt make this cleanser great for leaving skin refreshed and radiant. It’s also packed with a heaping dose of fine and coarse sea salt to give skin a serious scrub. It’s so good that it’s one of our bestselling products!

A blend of citrus ingredients in our Tea Tree Toner Water will keep you cleansed and refreshed

Someone spraying Tea Tree Toner Water into their hand

They’re detoxifying

Loaded with enzymes and antioxidants, citrus fruits are also great detoxifiers. Just To Clarify is a jelly face mask that we’ve packed with an enzymatic blend of papaya, orange and grapefruit to create a cleansing, skin-toning mask that’ll brighten dull complexions. And if you’re looking for something with a little more exfoliation, Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask’s got you covered. It’s packed with fresh lemon juice and grapefruit oil to cleanse, as well as gently scrubbing ground rice to remove dry skin.

They’re brightening

Vitamin C has been a wildly popular ingredient in skincare for the last few years and for good reason: it’s a great way to get fresher, brighter skin. Vitamin C can act as a chemical exfoliant, gently removing dead skin cells without any tough scrubbing. It also helps lighten the appearance of dark spots or scars. Some of the citrusy and fruity products that can offer a light and bright effect on skin include our Enzymion Moisturizer with fresh papaya juice and organic lemon infusion, Kalamazoo Face And Beard Wash with fresh pineapple juice and Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask with plenty of fresh lime juice.

They’re instantly recognizable

Citrus also has the added benefit of having delightfully bright and cheery fragrances. And although that might not be about skincare, these fresh scents are naturally uplifting and will revive your senses. So, when you’re spritzing your skin with Tea Tree Water, its light juniper berry and grapefruit water blend will keep you skin and mind feeling refreshed and good to go!