Many of us toss out those orange peels without a second thought. What you don’t know is that orange peels are full of nutrients and phytonutrients that can heal many skin ailments and generally improve your skin. This is the reason that its extract is included in many skincare products including our very own Leave No Trace - 100% Natural, Vitamin C Eye Makeup Remover. It is very effective for reducing acne and brightening skin. Below are just a few of its benefits:
- Vitamin C
I bet you didn’t know that there’s more Vitamin C in the orange peel compared with the orange itself, did you? Each 100 portion of orange peels contains up to 136 mg Vitamin C compared with the 70 mg contained in the fleshy part of the orange. Vitamin C is extremely important for your skin. As an anti-oxidant, it attacks and reduces free radicals that destroy properly functioning skin cells and can contribute to premature ageing. In addition, it leaves your skin glowing, which is why it is a popular ingredient in many beauty products.
Most of us know that calcium is important for tooth and bone formation, but what you don’t know is that calcium is also important for natural skin care. It helps to renew worn-out skin cells, replacing with healthy functional ones, and also prevents skin DNA from sustaining damage. A 100 g portion of orange peel contains up to 161 mg of calcium, making it perfect for use in skincare products. If you have itchy and dry skin, you may have calcium deficiency and not even know it!
- Acne reduction
Pimples come about when your pores are clogged with bacteria, soot and dirt. Orange peels and their extracts can curb this by deeply cleaning your pores, removing dirt stuck on the inside. This is what makes it so good as an ingredient in our natural eye makeup remover. It gets rid of all the dirt and residual makeup that could clog pores around your eyes, leaving them clean and able to breathe effectively at night.
Orange peel extract also controls sebum release so that your skin is not too oily afterwards, unlike makeup removal products with harsh ingredients that dry out the face and result in excessive sebum release to compensate. You should also make a habit of eating orange peels if you’re prone to constipation, since regular bowel movements are important for removal of toxins that would otherwise lead to skin breakouts.
- Blemish and blackhead removal
You can use a simple orange peel paste at home to correct inexplicable dark spots and blemishes on your skin. The potent source of citric acid acts like a natural bleaching agent and can lighten the dark blotches naturally over time. In addition, it provides your skin with nourishment necessary to deflect harmful UV rays.A simple mask from orange peel and plain yoghurt can extract those unsightly blackheads. Simply mix the two in equal proportion and gently apply to your face while rubbing in circular motion. Allow the mask to sit on your face for about 25-30 minutes before washing out. You will also remove dirt and oil clogging your pores in that way, preventing formation of more blackheads.