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Homemade vitamin C face mask for glowing and radiant skin

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This homemade face mask is simple to make, and rich in both citric acid and vitamin C. Both are well known to enhance the glow and clarity of your skin. Peanut butter in this mask rejuvenates and deeply nourishes the skin.

1 TSP peanut butter

1 tsp lemon peel powder (dry some lemon peels and grind to powder)

10 drops orange juice

Enough warm water to make a paste

Mix well with a fork and apply on your skin. Do not get too close to the eye area. Wash it in 12-15 minutes and use no more than twice a week. Always follow with your serum and lotion. Due the exfoliation properties of this mask, I do not recommend using it if you have acne-prone skin. 

Useful information on vitamin C & citric acid in skin care

By: Sheetal Rawal. Scientist (human genetics) & founder of www.apsaraskincare.com

There is much talk about vitamin C and citric acid being very good for the skin. My take on it? Yes both certainly very good ingredients (naturally found in citrus fruits) that can do two awesome things to enhance the glow and clarity of the skin.

1. Firstly citric acid is natural alpha hydroxy acid and improves cell turnover. That is the rate at which the upper skin cells shed. This cycle is about 2-3 weeks when not intervened. A safe intervention means that the right concentration of citric acid is used to exfoliate the skin without threatening it. So in this manner one gets the best of both worlds. Glowing skin that is not in any way compromised. In time issues like hyperpigmentation and dark spots are also tackled.

2. Secondly vitamin C is a natural antioxidant and thus is able to minimize and correct damage to the skin due to free radicals. Free radicals are a byproduct of normal metabolism, but can also be produced as a result of excess sun exposure, smoking etc. Antioxidants are able to stabilize free radicals by offering electrons to them; thereby rendering them stable. Vitamin C can correct and prevent obvious signs of free radical damage to the skin like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, dullness, patchiness etc.

Now can vitamin C and citric acid be used improperly? Yes. The most common way to misuse them is to use too much of them. Well, we mostly entertain the notion that natural ingredients are very friendly to the skin and do not cause damage like harsh chemicals do. This is true. But anything used improperly (natural included) can cause issues.

If you are using vitamin C as part of your product, you need to be extremely cautious. The unfortunate mindset in the industry is to manufacture products with the maximum allowed concentration of an ingredients so it can do most work in the initial few uses. Similarly when vitamin C is used in high concentration, it causes the upper layers of your skin to shed very quickly. This causes the skin to feel threatened and more prone to sun damage. Additionally skin might become more prone to inflammation and dryness. All of these are real world problems faced by many who try the latest vitamin C serum on the market.

My suggestion is always to use products which have citric acid and vitamin C derived from natural sources. Other ingredients in this product should be in a synergistic combination with both vitamin C as well as citric acid. For instance both these citrus fruit derived ingredients can leave the skin just a tad dry. It is not everyone's experience, but it can happen (it is the natural properties of these ingredients at work). Now if a product with these also has almond oil in it (for example), then you have a product that is made with care.

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