Why citric acid creates that glow from within or does it?

Citric acid has innumerable health benefits and can be found in just about anything. It increases the acidity of the bacterial environment, making it difficult for the microbes to survive and, more importantly, to reproduce. 

It is an alkalizing agent that helps decrease acidity levels in body fluids. It also binds the excess calcium and allows it to leave the body. its uses and benefits seem endless, but why is it so important in skincare circles worldwide.

Its' also commonly found in various natural skin products. It is added to adjust the pH level of creams, lotions and gels to coincide with our natural skin pH level. When used as a topical treatment, it acts as an antioxidant, which helps conceal signs of aging. Its' exfoliating properties remove dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin, thus encouraging new cell growth.

Since it is a naturally occurring substance, it rarely causes an allergic reaction and is suitable for most skin types. In detergents, shampoos and soap, it is added so that foam is more easily produced. It also increases the efficiency of these products as it helps dissolve stains more quickly. This acid is favored over other additives because it is environmentally friendly, biodegradable and is relatively harmless.

SO.... thats why we use it and L-ascorbic acid(Vitamin C) in all of our formulations, It stays in line with the values and sustainability pledge we took when we started Ann & Ashley.

Skincare begins with the diet and the impurities we see are a direct manifestation on our skin of what we feed our bodies. This is the first step to great skin, even before using a world renowned product.

Since citric acid are present in large quantities in these foods. Here's a few things you can add to your diet to help assist your skincare goals:

Common Fruits - limes, oranges, grapefruits, kiwis, strawberries, apples, pears, cherries and raspberries 

Common Veggies - mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes, peas and asparagus.

Citric acid can be used for proper mineral supplementation of food, as an acidity regulator, and as a flavoring ingredient. Even though not an antioxidant itself, citric acid enhances the activity of other beneficial antioxidants. All these properties creates a wide range of health benefits especially on the skin.

Fighting Free Radicals: As an antioxidant, citric acid helps neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals, which are unstable compounds that trigger the growth of cancerous tumors.

Improving Mineral Absorption: Experts say that citric acid mixes with minerals and metals easily, facilitating their absorption in the body.

Revitalizing The Skin: Citric acid is a common ingredient skincare products. It helps in the regeneration of skin tissue, new cell generating, and the slowing down the biological process. Creams rich in citric acid can have a depigmenting effect and can lighten freckles.