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Beauty Guru: Citrus Abounds

Geoffrey Rodriguez

Although citrus does quintessentially remind us of the calmness and relaxation of summer, its use has also been proven as a highly effective remedy for supporting optimal health. From aiding with respiratory conditions to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as being highly anti-bacterial and a crucial diet staple, it seems that there’s more to citrus than cheerful colors and captivating aromas. Loaded with vitamins, powerful anti-oxidants and essential fiber, while also serving as a proven anxiety relief, it’s no wonder they’ve been so widely used from cosmetics to fragrances. The following suggestions will not only enhance the summer season, but will also help you to look and feel amazing regardless of the weather.

Clean Well
Clean Well’s philosophy is to kill harmful germs and bacteria in a natural way has made it both pleasurable and convenient to keep your hands clean—and the company’s new Orange Natural Pocket Hand Sanitizers and Orange Vanilla Anti-bacterial Hand Soap will do just the trick. In addition to being rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, oranges are also an extremely effective astringent, helping to shrink pores as well as help to restore dry skin. Clean Well exclusively utilizes renewable plant based ingredients—mainly the herb thyme—to create the safest, non-toxic products at incredibly affordable prices.

When discussing anything to do with stimulating the olfactory senses, one cannot exclude Creed, France’s oldest perfume dynasty. The fragrance house has a long and rich history of utilizing the finest citrus essences as top notes for many of their most recognizable fragrances—many of which are pleasantly unisex. Citrus Bigarrade, for one, was inspired by a famous king who shocked the world by giving up his throne to be with the woman he loved, while Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse has the delightfully intoxicating top notes of bergamot, mandarin and grapefruit (and has the distinction of being Olivier Creed’s first creation after succeeding his father).

Nars Multiple in Turks and Caicos
Perhaps one of the best resources for a truly inspirational use of color in cosmetics is François Nars. His extremely versatile Multiple Tint in the limited edition shade of Turks and Caicos is the perfect wearable shade of a bright citrus orange for virtually any complexion. A little dab on the cheeks yields and instant sun-kissed glow, while a little on the lids and lips enhances the look further for a fresh and convenient summer look.

Ojon Shine and Protect Ritual Kit
Hair certainly takes a beating during the warm summer months, making Ojon’s Shine and Protect Ritual Kit—consisting of the Shine and Protect Shampoo, Conditioner, Glossing Mist, and Leave-in Glossing Cream—the perfect solution to revive and protect weathered hair. The product is fortified with Ojon oil, which is sourced from Central America’s Tawira tribe and combined with the invigorating, zesty essences of Mandarin orange, lime and papaya extracts as well as vitamin E. Ojon’s Shine and Protect Ritual Kit is an indisputable must-have for gorgeous, shiny summer hair.

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange
Pacifica perfumes, candles and body care are inspired by a deep love and respect for nature and the environment as well as a passion for an active and healthy lifestyle. The Tuscan Blood Orange collection is no exception to the company’s extremely high standards of quality—husband and wife team Brooke Harvey-Taylor and Billy Taylor utilize only the finest sustainable, natural ingredients—making this exotic collection of products an essential purchase for all citrus lovers. Pacifica products are 100% natural, free of harmful ingredients such as parabens, sulfates, etc. and are also completely vegan and cruelty-free.

Philosophy’s Beach Girl
Philosophy has captured the freshness and frivolity of youthful summers at the beach with its Beach Girl collection. The line includes a body lotion, shampoo, shower gel /bubble bath as well as a flavored lip shine in the most wearable shade of sun-kissed orange—all with the incredibly delightful orange slush scent. Philosophy’s Beach Girl products are also free of parabens, phthalates, GMO’s and triclosan.

Dr. Perricone
Dr. Perricone is one of the industry’s pioneers when it comes to utilizing vitamin C in skincare products. It’s easy to see why with highly effective products like the extremely gentle Citrus Facial Cleanser, which is thoroughly cleansing and also non-drying, as well as the RX3 Repair Kit, which is rich in vitamin C Esther, have made this company such a top-notch skin care line. Dr. Perricone’s products are extremely restorative—particularly for sun-damaged skin—and highly pleasing to the senses. Plus, the Perricone website is a great resource for valuable and helpful health tips.

Darphin Tangerine Aromatic Care
Darphin’s exclusive Arovita C products is a luxurious range of rich elixirs that help to nourish and revitalize the skin. The Tangerine Aromatic Care uses the refreshing and stimulating essence of tangerine to help battle early signs of aging in all skin types. Delivering an instantly visible and hydrating glow, this is a highly effective and enjoyable must-have.

Final Notes:
The easiest and most effective way to benefit from citrus is by starting the day with a glass of water with the juice of one half of a lemon squeezed into it. Although they are quite acidic, lemons actually balance the excess of acids we take in from food, coffee, etc. Drinking lemon water daily is also an extremely refreshing way to thoroughly hydrate—which is yet another thing that’s especially important during the summer.

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