Citric Acid uses
Citric acid for face cleansing
Citric acid is a food concentrate found in every kitchen, in every home. Most often housewives use it in cooking.
Sodium citrate (as scientists call this substance) is also used to clean surfaces - for example, boiling a teapot with a small amount of lemons will rid the dishes of harmful scale. But fruit acid can be actively used in cosmetology. It is about the cosmetic use of a useful and accessible substance that we and.
How is the substance obtained?
For the first time, they managed to isolate pure acid back in 1784 - sodium citrate was obtained by processing juice from green lemons. In current production, two methods are used to obtain lemons - by synthesizing specific sugar substances and by processing plant products.
Natural sodium citrate is a fairly common substance in nature. It contains all citrus fruits, some types of berries, tree needles and even tobacco stalks.
In cosmetology, a substance of organic origin is most often used, but a familiar food concentrate can also be used for deep cleaning.
Attention! Citric acid is used with the utmost care for normal or problem skin of the face - an abundance of substances in a mask or peel can lead to serious burns of the skin. It is also undesirable to use sodium citrate on sensitive and allergic skin.
Most often, peels and masks are prepared on the basis of sodium citrate: let's find out all the features of the process of preparing and using home cosmetics with citric acid acid.
Lemon peeling cosmetologists call one of the effective home remedies for deep cleansing of the skin from impurities and dead epithelium particles.
The following cosmetic problems of the dermis can be solved with regular use of such a face peeling:
- Restore the skin to a fresh look and healthy color;
- Cleanse deep dermis impurities, unclog pores clogged with sebum and dust;
- Reduce increased sebum production;
- Prevent acne and acne breakouts;
- Eliminate the first signs of aging and wilting of the skin;
- Get rid of notbeautiful pigment spots spots.
The owners of a dry dermis, as well as a dermis prone to irritation and allergic manifestations, should not use lemon peeling. Do not use lemon in cleansing procedures if there are wounds, scratches, or foci of inflammation on the surface of the face . This type of peeling is not suitable for those who suffer from allergies to citrus fruits.
A simple sodium citrate peel is prepared as follows. A tablespoon of food concentrate is diluted with water so that a thick, viscous gruel is obtained. With this gruel, you should wipe your face, paying special attention to the problem areas. Leave the mixture for a fuller effect for 2-3 minutes on the skin, and then rinse with warm water. Do not keep the mixture longer than the above exposure time - you can severely burn the dermis.
After the procedure, treat your face with a mild cosmetic oil - macadamia, avocado or jojoba. Keep in mind that peeling based on lemons can cause temporary but severe redness of the skin, so it is advisable to carry out the procedure before going to bed so that the skin calms down until morning and the irritation reaction disappears. Such peeling is allowed to be applied on the skin no more than 2 times a month.
Citric acid in whitening procedures
Limonka connoisseurs of home cosmetology are often called a real panacea for age spots, freckles, on its basis, special mask compositions are prepared that help whiten and lighten the skin. Citric acid for cleansing the face from ugly age spots gives high performance due to its high exfoliating qualities.
But is it possible to whiten the dermis of the face with citric acid and not worry about the condition of your skin, because everyone knows the caustic qualities of this substance? Cosmetologists answer this question as follows: it is possible to whiten the dermis with lemon , but only in the procedure it is necessary to use natural acid contained in lemon juice, and not food concentrate powder.
How is it right to whiten your face with citric acid ? You need to prepare for the whitening procedure in advance: clean the epidermis with a gentle, gentle scrub and steam your face thoroughly.
Take one large ripe lemon and cut it in half. Squeeze juice from each half. Pour the juice into a clean container. Arm yourself with a sterile cotton gauze pad, soak it in fresh juice, and gently wipe the areas of your face you would like to brighten.
Ladies who want to remove freckles from the skin often torture cosmetologists on the topic - how often can you wipe your face with lemon juice and can you clean it with citric acid? The answer to this question is soundcheat like this: you can wipe your skin with lemon juice two to three times a day until you achieve the desired result, but you still need to take breaks from using homemade bleach.
In addition, keep in mind that whitening with lemon is a rather tough procedure, so you should take some precautions both during and after it:
- Do not buy ready-made lemon juice in the store for the procedure. Preservatives and dyes are often added to it, which are harmful to the health of the epidermis;
- After the whitening procedure, the skin becomes vulnerable to the sun's rays, and therefore, for some time after the event, refrain from tanning on the beach, in a solarium, or a long stay in the open sun;
- Pure juice whitening is not suitable for women with delicate sensitive or excessively dry skin.
For women with dermis prone to dryness or hypersensitivity, cosmetologists recommend making such face masks with lemon , in which its aggressive effect will be mitigated by other nourishing or moisturizing components of the epithelium.
Citric Acid Masks
A soft whitening mask is obtained by diluting a tablespoon of lemon juice with the same amount of fresh honey. The mixture must be stirred until a homogeneous consistency, hold for about a quarter of an hour and rinse with warm water. If you don't have a lemon, you can make an anti-aging face mask with honey and citric acid. It is not necessary to apply cream or oil after applying the mask - honey itself is quite a nutritious and useful component that softens and moisturizes the dermis to the right degree.
A lemon and protein face mask will help reduce sebum production and eliminate unpleasant oily sheen on the skin. Beat one protein of a fresh chicken egg with 7-8 drops of freshly squeezed citrus juice. Stir the ingredients, and then apply to problem areas prone to shine and profuse perspiration.
Citric acid is an excellent antioxidant, so you can prepare effective anti-aging masks on its basis: chop a large lemon, mix it with two tablespoons of oatmeal and pour in one tablespoon of fresh cranberry juice. Knead into a homogeneous mass and apply it to the steamed dermis. Keep it on for 10-15 minutes, and then remove with copious amount of cold water.
As you can see, citric acid can become an excellent tool and an indispensable component of home cosmetics, but you should never forget that it is a rather aggressive substance and therefore it is advisable to agree on its use as a care product with a dermatologist or professional cosmetologist.