CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (KEY LIME)

INCI: Citrus aurantifolia peel extract 

What is Citrus aurantifolia peel extract or Key lime?

Lime or Citrus aurantifolia belongs to the orange family. It is the most widely used fruit in almost the entire world and the most useful too. Lime fruit, fruit pulp, peel, and seed are very much useful for cosmetics. Lime is a vitamin C booster, apart from it, entire lime fruit has vitamins, minerals, essential oils, phenolic compounds, carotenoids, cellulosic material, and soluble carbohydrates. Lime fruit can be divided into three- exocarp, mesocarp and the endocarp. The Endocarp is the most edible portion or juice sacs and seeds., the Mesocarp contains cellulosic material, amino acids, flavonoids, pectin, vitamin, and soluble carbohydrates. The exocarp contains cellulosic material, fatty acids, paraffin waxes, bitter principles, steroids, essential oils, and enzymes. Seeds of lime fruits are generally considered as a waste, are cold pressed in a food processing industry, and oil is obtained. This oil is a fixed oil, which is then purified, it has significant lime fragrance too. It is a pale-yellow colored liquid with a significant amount of fatty oil full of fatty acids like palmitic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, etc.

Use & Benefits

Apart from culinary uses, the lime fruit entirely is very much useful in cosmetics. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which revives our body, including skin from inside out. It saves the skin from free radicals, which are prevalent in the atmosphere, making aging faster. When it is applied to the skin. When juice is applied onthe skin, it tones the skin, cleanses it and makes it refreshed. Lime pulp is believed to fight against dandruff and cleanses hair. The lime seed oil has valuable fatty acids as mentioned earlier, and which can moisturize skin, imparting lemony fragrance. Lime peel is a good exfoliator, removes dead skin cell, and reveals newer skin cells, making the skin appear like new. It is used in bath products, skin care products, and hair care products.

References
https://books.google.co.in/books?id=pSIpDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA207&dq=citrus+aurantifolia+use+in+cosmetics&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwimlOiFsO7hAhUQVH0KHQBWBygQ6AEIQjAE#v=onepage&q=citrus%20aurantifolia%20use%20in%20cosmetics&f=false

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