November 27, 2023 Julie Fanning

Ingredient Spotlight: Citric Acid

Unlocking the Power of Citric Acid

In the world of skincare, the quest for radiant and healthy skin often leads to quick fixes and synthetic formulations. But natural ingredients from foods and botanicals have been utilized for thousands of years—and with good reason. Derived from citrus fruits, citric acid is a naturally occurring compound and stands out as a versatile powerhouse in bath and body products.

While the word “acid” might imply something that could strip the skin right off of your body, citric acid is a natural, non-toxic ingredient used in everything from bath bombs and fizzy bath salts to face & body washes, scrubs, lotions and shampoo bars.


Effervescent Bath Items: Citric acid is a key player in the creation of bath bombs and bath salts. When combined with baking soda, citric acid undergoes a fizzing reaction in water, creating a delightful and luxurious bathing experience. This fizz not only adds a visual element to your bath but also helps in gently cleansing and refreshing the skin.

Mild Astringent and Toner: The astringent properties of citric acid can help to clear excess skin oils. And while it removes the dirt, dead skin cells and bacteria in pores (clogged pores leads to breakouts) it can help to shrink pores.

Gentle Exfoliation: Bath and body products often incorporate citric acid for its gentle exfoliating properties. As an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), citric acid aids in removing the upper layer of dead skin cells, promoting a smoother and softer skin texture. Whether in scrubs or cleansers, citric acid contributes to a radiant and revitalized complexion. It can be beneficial for those with acne by gently soothing and clearing excess oils without depleting the skin’s moisture.

Natural pH Balance: Citric acid naturally balances the pH levels of bath and body products. This is crucial for maintaining the skin’s optimal pH, ensuring it stays in a harmonious state. A balanced pH contributes to the skin’s ability to retain moisture and resist environmental stressors.

Antioxidant Shield: Citric acid is a potent antioxidant, offering protection against free radicals that can damage the skin. In bath and body products, this antioxidant shield helps fortify the skin’s defenses, making them valuable additions to your skincare regimen for overall skin health.

Hydrating and Brightening Properties: Citric acid itself is not a moisturizer, but it helps the skin to retain moisture, leaving it supple and nourished. Additionally, in serums and higher percentage use in leave-on products, its brightening effects contribute to a more even skin tone.

Citric acid has become a solid ingredient in skincare products and is a safe choice for normal, dry and oily skin types.

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DISCLAIMER: Regulations set forth by the FDA prohibit bath and body companies from making health-related claims about their products. Thus: Simplí Artisan makes no medical claims for any of its products. This blog piece is a culmination of research from many reputable sources providing information on the tested properties of specific ingredients so that you [the consumer] can make your own decision as to whether you’d like to incorporate it into your skincare routine.

I WILL GET OFF MY SOAP BOX NOW. Thanks for reading. ~Julie

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