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Usually, foods such as green algae and chia seeds come to mind when we think about superfoods that help in maintaining a healthier skin.

However, there are some other foods as well that you either can eat or use it in your daily skincare routine that will offer enormous benefits to your skin. In this article, we will be discussing such unglamorous foods/fruits aka citrus foods.

Refresh your skin with such amazing citrus foods/fruits beauty recipes.

1. Lemons

Skincare experts believe that starting a day with hot lemon water is better than the usual tea and coffee. Lemons are power packed with citric acid and Vitamin C, which help in brightening and lightening of your skin. In fact, Vitamin C plays a pivotal role in neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production. Besides, lemon also aids in cleaning toxins from the blood, which helps in keeping the skin clean.

This sunny yellow fruit has excellent benefits for your skin and hair. Lemons work like magic for treating dark elbows and knees and in blackhead treatment. It is antibacterial, and, therefore, helps in treating acne.

2. Oranges

Oranges are known to improve overall texture and color of the skin. This zesty and delicious citrus fruit is rich in citric acid, which helps in treating skin acne. They also contain fruit acids that help in exfoliating the skin and brightening it. Eating oranges is beneficial as they activate the detoxification process in your body. Like lemons, oranges also fight free radicals to make your skin look fresh and radiant.

In addition to consuming oranges, you can also dry the peels in the sun and grind them. You can use the mixture later as a body scrub. Mixing the scrub with milk or milk cream and then applying the mixture on your skin will give an instant glow to your face.

3. Grapefruits

Grapefruits are usually eaten in breakfasts as it is very juicy and acidic. This particular subtropical fruit contains a high amount of Vitamin A and C, minerals, and antioxidants that provide a shield to the skin from environmental pollutants.

Besides, grapefruits also help in stimulating the production of skin collagen, thereby providing elasticity to the skin. The antioxidant effect renews damaged skin and also treats skin pigmentation.

Grapefruits may also work as sunscreen lotion as the potassium present in the fruit helps in protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. The amino acids found in the fruit also assists in refreshing the skin and making the skin smooth and firm. (Editor’s Note: You are better off using an FDA approved sunscreen that putting grapefruit on your face, check ewg.org to find nontoxinc sunscreen)

4. Lime

Lime helps in rejuvenating skin and protecting the skin from infections. It is the antioxidants and antibiotic properties of lime that help in keeping the skin healthy and fresh. The peels of lime are often used in beauty treatments to improve the overall appearance of the skin. Besides, you can also prepare a face pack by mixing gram flour with curd and adding lime juice to the mixture. Apply the mixture on your skin and let it dry. Keep the mixture for at least 10 to 15 minutes to see positive results. This face pack should be applied once a week to see long term effects.

5. Combination of lemon and orange

A face peel pack of lemon and orange will help in keeping your skin soft and smooth. You need 1 teaspoon of gelatin and a juice of 1 lemon or 1 orange or both. Now mix the ingredients in a cup. Heat all the ingredients together and boil it till the gelatin dissolves completely. Allow the mixture to cool down and then apply the mixture on your skin, leaving the mixture for 10 minutes at least. Peel off the mixture and find yourself a softer and cleaner looking skin.

Note: Eating citrus fruits may increase a risk of developing melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Therefore, those who consume a lot of oranges and grapefruits should avoid heavy sun exposure.

Also, make sure never to expose your face to the sun before removing all the citrus juice from your face.

About The Author:
Lisa Hill is a beauty and lifestyle blogger. When she is not blogging, she can be found working with friends on a new makeup routine. She is creative and sees the world with an eye where there is love for all. Her skin care philosophy is that you won’t have to worry about your skin once you “Stop Worrying” and be happy. Connect with her on twitter @zealoshill

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