Do you have a favorite fruit? We have an up and coming favorite: Yuzu. Sounds sour? It has just the opposite effect on your skin.
What Is Yuzu? How does it work?
Yuzu lemon, also known as Citrus Junos, is a juicy fruit that originally came from central China and Tibet, and later made its way to Japan and Korea. It goes by three names: “yuzu”, “yuza”, and even “yuja”, but they are all the same fruit.
The plus side of yuzu is that nothing goes to waste; you can use all the parts from the peel to the seeds. It was originally used in Asian culture for three purposes: hot bathing, cuisine, and medicinal uses. In Japan, the peel was used for hot Yuzu baths, which was taken on the winter solstice day, or “Toji”, for people believed the long legacy that yuzu wards off winter colds and flu, heal dry skin, and brings wealth and assurance of good health! The juice has been used in making different vinegar and seasoning. The oil from the yuzu seeds was extracted and used as a natural medicine to treat skin irritations and itchiness. Not only that, yuzu’s oil component “nomilin” has a relaxation effect, which allows for better circulation in your body.
Later, yuzu gained publicity as a highly regarded skincare ingredient due to its radiating results. This little grapefruit lookalike is a powerhouse for brightening the skin, fighting signs of aging, and helping combat dry skin. Like the mitochondria is the powerhouse for our bodies and cells, yuzu is a robust citrus fruit for our skin. Additionally, yuzu’s delicate fragrance is super refreshing and invigorating.
How does Yuzu Benefit the Skin?
Packed with antioxidants, yuzu has anti-aging, brightening, and rejuvenating qualities. Do we even have to say more?
- Anti-aging: Compared to a lemon, yuzu is three times richer in vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production. As our bodies get older, we naturally produce less and less collagen. Collagen is known as the glue that connects our body cells together and without it, our skin continues to sag; yuzu is an acting agent that firms our skin and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.
- Antioxidants: Flavonoids are known to protect the brain, reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and corral against. Not only that, but yuzu’s antioxidant protection also works to neutralize and diminish the toxic free radicals in your body, which in turn boosts skin immunity and promotes a more youthful appearance (smooth and bright).
- Hydrating: Do you have random dry patches of skin on your face and neck? Hydration is key to having healthy, balanced skin. Yuzu infuses maximum hydration to your skin while still being lightweight and non-greasy.
Is Yuzu Safe?
Yes! Yuzu is safe to consume and can be applied directly to the skin in a bath or by topical application. According to the CIR Expert Panel, oil from the yuzu peel can be used daily or nightly. The topical application of yuzu has been found to thicken the top surface layer of the skin. It energizes and freshens the top layers--who doesn’t love that?
If you have combination skin or oily yet dehydrated skin, yuzu is the ingredient for you. Yuzu restores skin balance, absorbs quickly into the skin, and is not a heavy ingredient. Yuzu is also good for other skin types such as aging skin, dull skin, and sensitive skin. Yuzu can pretty much fix all of your problems.
Using Yuzu In Your Skincare Routine
Usually, we like to use yuzu in our hot baths. It helps heal, soothe, and soften dry, irritated skin, especially during the wintertime...who doesn’t like to take baths? Another option is to use it topically as a yuzu seed extract. Yuzu encourages skin cell turnover, making your skin happy, healthy, and soft. Our Gel Cleanser contains yuzu fruit extract and is formulated with a skin-happy pH of 5.0-6.0. Make sure to dampen your face and neck before using the gel cleanser, and always rinse thoroughly. And drinking a cup of yuzu tea doesn’t hurt.