A citrus fruit a day just may keep wrinkles away.
When your skin and your senses crave a midwinter burst of sunshine, reach for the gems of the season: citrus!
Grab a grapefruit, lemon, lime, kumquat, orange, tangerine, clementine, pomelo, or other citrus fruit. (Actually, when you include exotics like yuzu, makrut lime, and Buddha’s hand citron, there are more than a thousand citrus varieties.)
For instant aromatherapy, peel back and squeeze a bit of citrus rind. The essential oils in citrus peels deliver energizing fragrance and an immediate mood boost, one reason they’re used in many beauty products. Whether the citrus you eat is
sugary sweet, shockingly sour, soft and juicy, or fibrous and pithy—the flesh inside is where most of the beauty nutrients (most notably vitamin C) congregate.
Though it depends somewhat on the type, a single serving of most citrus fruits delivers a substantial dose of C, a vitamin that helps defend the skin and body against free-radical
damage. Vitamin C is continually used by the body for this essential anti-aging task, so a regular dose of citrus, like fresh lemon juice (which has nearly a full day’s vitamin C in ½ cup), can be one key to consistently nourishing and protecting your skin from aging aggressors. You’ll also want plenty of vitamin C for its important role in building collagen and connective tissue.
The wide range of antioxidant compounds in citrus also happens to be powerfully skin-protective; both grapefruit and orange offer phytochemicals that defend skin against UV damage and light sensitivity.
And those citrus scraps we normally trash? They pack some nutritional treasures, too. Citrus pith and rind contain bioflavonoids that strengthen blood vessels, supporting greater tone and glow and preventing varicose veins and fluid retention. So ingesting a little zest can be a very good thing.
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L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask with Yuzu Lemon$13 at lorealparisusa.com