Citrus boasts anti-aging and skin-saving benefits, such as brightening the skin, tightening the pores, and increasing radiance. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is the key to the many benefits citrus provides the skin. Citrus not only adds a refreshing fragrance to formulations and treatments but it also helps to fight free radicals, repairs and rejuvenates the skin, maintains skin’s elasticity, helps with wound healing, builds connective tissue, provides antibacterial and antioxidant support, boosts collagen production, encourages cell turnover, prevents and reduces pigmentation, and helps diminish and prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and stretchmarks. Citrus fruits also have astringent properties, due to their level of naturally occurring citric acid. Citric acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, which offers pore-refining, tightening, and hydrating benefits to the skin.