Many people throw out orange peels once they’re done eating or juicing an orange. But did you know that orange peels are a powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants? The orange peels even have a higher vitamin C content than the fleshy inside!
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Orange peel is best used in a powder form.
- Cut the peels into thin slices
- Spread them on to a tray with enough surface area
- Dry the skins under the sun for 3 4 days until they become hard and completely dry. The water should have evaporated and the peel must look dehydrated
- Grind them into a fine powdery texture
- Store in a jar and keep it for later use.Combine it with other base ingredients for fresh, younger looking, clear skin.
NUTRIENTS IN ORANGE PEEL
Let’s check out the nutrient value in the orange peel:
- Vitamin C: Fights acne helps in getting healthy skin
- Calcium: Renews dead skin
- Potassium: Moisturises skin, hydrates skin
- Magnesium: For glowing skin that’s youthful and healthy
They contain over 170 phytochemicals and 60 flavonoids, including hesperidin and polymethoxyflavones. Additionally, they are rich in fiber and pectin, have low calories, and are devoid of cholesterol or saturated fats.
BENEFITS/USES OF ORANGE PEEL FOR SKIN
- Orange peel powder contains Vitamin C which helps to form collagen and elastin which is the secret to beautiful skin.
- It makes your skin look youthful and bright.
- It improves oily skin and makes the skin soft, smooth and firm.
- It helps unclog pores and reduces blackheads.
- It reduces pigmentation, acne, marks, and scars on the face.
- It helps even and lightens the skin tone.
- It works as a natural cleanser, astringent, scrub, moisturizer and toner.
- It contains antioxidants which slow down wrinkles, sagging and skin aging.
- It helps reduce inflammation and shrinks pores.
- It gives off a rejuvenating scent which when added to water for a bath keeps you feeling fresh for hours.
- It makes your hair shiny and soft.
- It treats dandruff and stops hair fall.
- Whitens teeth, yes, it does this too!
Tart and citrusy, a fresh and pulpy orange can make all the difference to your health. So while you bite into the pulp, use the peel in 5 totally genius ways to get fabulous glowing skin.
1. Acne Treatment
Pimples occur when excess dirt, soot, or bacteria block your skin pores. How do orange peels help? Orange peels help to clean out your skin by extracting dirt from deep inside the pores.
An excellent way of using orange peels for acne is to create a simple face mask by grinding them to a paste. Apply the paste to your face. This will not only keep acne at bay but also prevent oily skin from producing excess sebum.
Another way to help treat acne is by regularly consuming oranges with the peels. Remember, the high amount of dietary fiber in orange peels helps regulate bowel movement, thereby preventing constipation. How does this help the skin? Regular bowel movements help eliminate excess harmful wastes and toxins. Fewer toxins will also reduce the frequency of acne breakouts.
2. Remove Blackheads
Orange peel masks also can extract blackheads. To make a simple mask:
- Mix one part yogurt with one part orange peel powder to make a thick paste.
- Apply the mask onto your face using gentle circular motions. Let it sit for 15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. This not only provides a natural and non-painful way of getting rid of blackheads but also removes the excess oil and dirt clogging up your pores.
3. Orange Peel Toner
You will need:
- 1 Orange peel (chopped up)
- A handful of Mint leaves
- 1 Cup of Water
- Lemon Essential oil (optional)
- Spray Bottle (to store)
How to make and use Orange Peel Toner
- Boil a Cup of water for 2 minutes and turn off the flame. Add orange peels and mint leaves to the water and cover it with lid.
- Let the water take up all the goodness of orange peels and mint leaves for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, strain the water, removing orange peels and mint leaves, add few drops of lemon essential oil and stir.
- Pour the water in to spray bottle close it tight. Shake well before you use this toner. You can store the orange peel vitamin c toner for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
- You can spray it 2 -3 times throughout the day after cleansing your face. I store my toner in a spray bottle and keep it in the fridge, so whenever I spray it on my face, my skin feels refreshed instantly.
4. Skin Brightening Face Mask with Orange Peel
- 1/2 teaspoon orange peel powder
- 2 tablespoons cooked rice
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
Perfect for when your skin looks and feels dull and dehydrated. This mask will soothe your skin, make it plump and supple and add dewy glow to your face.Rice gently nourishes the skin, rejuvenates it and evens out your skin tone. Aloe vera gel is full of moisture, vitamins and antioxidants that repair damaged skin and prevent free radical damage.
First mash the cooked rice until you get a smooth paste. Add the other two ingredients and mix it all well. If your face mask is too thick, add more aloe vera gel; if it is too runny, you can add some rice flour.
Apply the mask to a clean face and leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes. Reapply as needed. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Apply your face cream while your skin is still slightly damp, to lock in the moisture.
5. Orange Peel Powder and Yogurt Face Mask
- 1 teaspoon orange peel powder
- 2 – 3 teaspoons yogurt
- 1 teaspoon oatmeal powder
This face mask brightens the skin and makes the pores less visible. It is also great in fading acne scars and evening out your complexion.
Yogurt contains lactic acid, which exfoliates the skin and makes it smooth and glowing. Oatmeal powder has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It soothes irritations and evens out the skin tone.
To make this mask, first mix the yogurt and orange peel. Add just enough oatmeal powder to get a smooth paste – not too thick nor too runny.
Apply the mask to a clean face and leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with cold water. Apply your face cream right away, while your skin is still slightly damp.
While generally safe and effective, orange peel masks may trigger an adverse reaction on your skin. Therefore, it is necessary to wash off the mask immediately if you get a sensation of stinging, burning, or sensitivity, instead of waiting for the stipulated time.
Additionally, people with eczema or sensitive skin should avoid using these masks as they are rich in vitamin C, which can irritate their skin.
Similarly, refrain from using orange peel masks if you have a rash, dryness, or irritation in the skin. It is imperative to seek the help of a dermatologist if your skin condition does not improve.