You can’t go wrong with incorporating antioxidants into your skincare routine, and the one dermatologists love is vitamin C. That’s because it’s a powerful ingredient that protects our skin from environmental aggressors, keeping it firm, even, and healthy. Give your routine a summery, lemony boost by getting a dose of vitamin C from yuzu, an East Asian citrus fruit with three times the vitamin C of a lemon.
“Yuzu has antioxidant and clarifying properties,” explains Shirley Chi, MD, a board-certified dermatologist from Southern California. And antioxidants protect the skin from oxidative stress caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays. Basically, sunlight creates reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the skin, which are oxygen molecules with unpaired electrons that scavenge healthy cells and rip off their electrons, causing chaos in the skin that can lead to premature signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and loss of firmness.
In addition to brightening your skin, yuzu skin care products can also help lighten your mood. Citrus is ‘refreshing, energizing and has an uplifting and cleansing effect,’ says certified aromatherapist Caroline Schröder.
A downside of citrus fruits is the potential for skin sensitivity. “With yuzu, you have to be careful about possible allergic reactions since it is a citrus fruit,” says Dr. Chi. “Citrus fruits are the second most commonly reported food to cause skin allergy!”
If you’re ready to give it a try, shop eight yuzu skin care products below.
8 yuzu skincare products to brighten, smooth and protect your skin
Eminence Organic, Solid Yuzu Skin Care Body Oil — $56.00
Hydrate your skin with this solid body oil. Warm a dollop in your hands and bask as it spreads like butter, coating your complexion in vitamin-rich yuzu and camu camu to leave you with a radiant glow. Plus, it contains gently exfoliating poly-hydroxy acids (PHAs) and tropical oils to enhance hydration.
Savor the beauty, zest of yuzu lemonade — $80.00
Give your skin a regenerating peel in 30 seconds with this powerful treatment. It uses yuzu to brighten and tone skin, salicylic acid to exfoliate skin and unclog pores, and Kakadu Plum (which contains very high levels of vitamin C) to brighten and promote cell renewal.
Tula Skincare, Signature Glow Refreshing Brightening Facial Mist — $34.00
Whether you’re waking up or on the go, this refreshing face mist will give you an energizing boost while treating your skin. It uses a mixture of yuzu and strawberry to lighten the skin. Plus, it contains probiotic extracts to lock in moisture and soothe inflammation, beetroot prebiotics to balance skin, hyaluronic acid and kiwi water to hydrate and brighten, and l lingonberry to protect against pollution and blue light.
Nudeskin, Citrus-C mask and daily moisturizer — $39.00
Use a light layer of this product as a daytime moisturizer or apply a thick layer before bed as a sleep mask. It contains fermented yuzu oil to brighten and protect and turmeric to brighten and energize the skin. It’s super hydrating and has a velvety texture that will leave your skin feeling conditioned.
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