This summer make your skin care a breeze with citrus. Citrus fruits are great for improving the health and appearance of your skin. You can experience the benefits of citrus by eating more fruits such as oranges and grapefruits or by applying citrus topically to your skin. Citrus fruits should have a place in your skin care routine because of how rich they are in Vitamins C, A, E, and D.

Vitamin C has a wide range of skin care benefits including minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, reversing the signs of aging, increasing skin elasticity by increasing collagen production and protecting the skin from free radicals.

Vitamin A is helpful in diminishing the appearance of acne, improving skin tone, increasing skin hydration and increasing collagen production.

Vitamin E is used in skin care for its help in reducing stretch marks, reducing the appearance of fine lines and preventing the appearance of age spots.

Vitamin D is considered to be an antioxidant and has also been shown to help reduce skin itching and flaking.

An easy way to add citrus into your daily skin care routine topically is a home made citrus refresher. Unless you want to take off your make-up, wash your face and basically start your day all over again, it’s hard to look as good at 3:00 in the afternoon as you did first thing in the morning. A citrus refresher is just the pick me up your skin needs to look its best mid-afternoon.

To make your own refreshing spritz simply mix a little pure lemon, orange, grapefruit or lime essence with clean water in a spray bottle and spritz away whenever you need a pick me up. It’s best to use an organic fruit essence if you can so you don’t have any chemicals or preservatives in your spritzer.

Citrus fruits don’t just have skin care benefits when applied topically. It is also important that your body get the right vitamins and nutrients from a healthy diet. An easy way to include more citrus into your diet is a big glass of orange juice with your morning breakfast. If your looking for something more exciting than a glass of orange juice consider making yourself a smoothie using citrus juices. For a tasty tropical treat packed full of citrus try making this recipe for an orange pineapple smoothie.


Orange Pineapple Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

12 ounces of orange juice

½ cup of fresh or canned pineapple chunks. If using canned pineapple be sure to drain the juice.

1 ¼ cups of low fat vanilla yogurt

Directions

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender on high for 2-3 minutes then enjoy!