Orange Peel Face Masks for Glowing Skin
Most people toss orange peels in the garbage without a second thought. But did you know that orange peels contain nutrients and phytonutrients that are extremely beneficial to the skin and can heal many skin conditions? In fact, orange peel extract is an ingredient in many beauty products today because of its effectiveness in brightening skin and reducing acne.
Major Nutrients in Orange Peels
1. Vitamin C
Did you know that orange peels actually contain way more vitamin C than the orange pulp itself? Every 100 grams of orange peels contain 136 milligrams of vitamin C, while the fleshy inside part beneath the peel only has 70 milligrams/100 grams!
Vitamin C not only combats free radicals that destroy functioning skin cells but also helps add a glowing shine to your skin, which makes orange peels a potent beauty product for skin.
You may be surprised to discover that calcium is actually very good for your skin, but it’s true! It contributes to renewing worn-out skin cells and preventing DNA damage.
Every 100 grams of orange peels contain 161 milligrams, or 16 percent of the daily recommended value, of calcium, which makes them perfect for skin products. If you have itchy dry skin, be sure to check your calcium levels—they might be deficient!
3. Dietary fiber
Orange peels are a rich source of dietary fiber, particularly pectin. The dietary fiber provided by 100 grams of orange peels is 28 percent of the recommended dietary allowance. Research shows that drying orange peels actually increases the production of pectin.
Besides preventing irritable bowel syndrome, dietary fiber also helps prevent blood sugar levels from peaking immediately after a meal. The most important thing to note is that dietary fiber can only be gotten through your diet—vitamin supplements do not contain fiber.
How to Make Your Own Orange Peel Powder
It's not difficult to make your own orange peel powder—all you need are oranges, a blender, and one to five days (in order to give the orange peels time to dry).
Here's a quick explanation of how to make sun-dried orange peel powder at home. For a more in-depth and detailed explanation, you can check out this easy guide.
- To make powdered orange peel, simply save up orange peels from the organic oranges you eat, remove the white fibrous parts on the inside of the peel, and wash them in warm distilled water.
- Spread the orange peels on a tray and place them in an area that receives plenty of sunshine. Leave them there until they are thoroughly dried—this usually takes one to two days, but can take up to five in cold, cloudy weather. If you are leaving the orange peels outdoors, cover them with a thin cloth or net for protection against dirt and insects.
- Now, without adding any water, crush your peels into a fine powder using a blender, food processor, or mortar and pestle.
- Store your sun-dried orange peel powder in an airtight jar.
How Exactly Do You Use the Orange Peels?
There are several ways to use orange peels for skin. Some of them involve turning them to orange peel powder, as explained above, while others simply involve grinding fresh orange peel to a paste or applying the peel itself on your skin.
Home Remedies and Ways to Use Orange Peels for Skin:
1. Acne Begone!
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. Orange Peels to Whiten Skin
Do you have blemishes or unexplainable dark spots on your skin? Orange peels work as a natural bleach and can help lighten dark blotches and remove them with time. What’s more, orange peels help lighten suntans and deflect harmful UV rays.
Take care to dilute the orange peel paste when creating a face mask because you don’t want to burn your skin—the peels contain a lot of citric acids.
3. Off With the 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.
4. Say "No" to Wrinkles
The powerful anti-oxidants in oranges fight off free radicals that damage healthy skin cells. These free radicals play a significant role in creating wrinkles and sagging cheeks. The significant amount of calcium in orange peels is also very effective for protecting against premature aging of the skin.
5. Tone Your Skin
The abundant vitamin C and anti-oxidants in orange peels prevent your skin from getting too oily or dry. When applied to the skin, they also work as a toner, removing dead cells and dirt and tightening pores. Additionally, the calcium in orange peels contributes to anti-oxidant production, which makes dull skin healthy and glowing.
Although it’s generally okay to eat the skins of fruits, I advise only doing so with organically farmed fruit. Why? Most orchards and fruit farms spray insecticides to keep pests away. These insecticides remain on the fruit skin and may even penetrate deep into the flesh of the fruit. When consumed, the effects can be disastrous, especially for children. Organic fruits have a lower risk, though you should still make sure to thoroughly wash them before consuming.
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