Most people discard the peel of oranges without a second thought once they are done with the citrusy flesh within. If you are one of them, here’s a beauty remedy that will make you reconsider throwing the orange peels away.
It is fairly common knowledge that oranges are a godsend for your skin. What isn’t emphasized enough, however, is that when it comes to rejuvenating your lackluster skin, the most potent part of the fruit is, in fact, it’s peel.
A face mask prepared from orange peels might sound odd at first but can work wonders for your skin. If you’re having a hard time believing in the merits of this ingredient, give this mask a try and you will have a hard time believing your eyes as well.
Being rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants, orange peels are great for your skin. In fact, the peels have higher levels of nutrients than the flesh within.
These nutrients, particularly antioxidants, fight free radicals and help maintain a healthy and younger-looking skin. Moreover, the peels contain citric acid that exfoliates your skin to reveal brand new layers of luminous skin.
Orange peel powder is used in several skincare recipes to control acne by drying it out and as a scrubbing agent to gently remove worn-out skin cells and thereby open up clogged pores and treat blackheads. It also helps rid the skin from excess oil, further mitigating the risk of acne and imparting a healthy glow to the face instead. Additionally, orange peel also contains potassium that helps the skin retain its moisture as well as magnesium that helps combat skin aging induced by cellular oxidative damage. Suffice to say then, that the rightful place for orange peels is not in your trash can but in your beauty regimen.
Further augmenting the restorative impact of this remedy are two complementary ingredients, namely, yogurt and honey.
Yogurt contains lactic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that is a great exfoliant. It promotes skin lightening by fading blemishes and dark spots, stimulates collagen production, and prevents premature aging. In addition, yogurt has hydrating and moisturizing properties that nourish your skin, as well as zinc, which promotes skin regeneration and works as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Honey, on the other hand, is a natural humectant that helps the skin retain its moisture. It works just as effectively as a natural cleanser and exfoliant to promote clear and glowing skin. Moreover, this divine nectar is packed with antioxidants and antibacterial properties that slow down skin aging and fight acne.
How to Make an Orange Peel Face Mask
Things you will need:
- Three Oranges
- A blender
- A bowl
- Measuring spoons
- A mixing spoon
1. Remove the peels from three oranges.
2. Tear the peels into small pieces, wash them, and spread them out for drying.
3. Put the orange peels out in the sun for about three days.
4. Then, collect the dried peels and put them in a blender.
5. Grind them for three to five minutes at high speed to make a fine powder.
6. Mix together 2 teaspoons of the orange peel powder, 2 teaspoons of plain yogurt, and 1 teaspoon of honey.
Your DIY orange peel face mask for fresh and bright skin is ready for use.
How to use your Orange Peel Face Mask
- Cleanse your face.
- Apply the mask on your face, neck, decollete, and gently massage in circular motions.
- Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Finally, splash cold water on your face to close the pores and keep the nutrients from the mask penetrated in the pores.
- Apply this mask two times a week, but only once a week if you have sensitive skin.
- You can store the remaining orange peel powder in a clean glass jar for future use.
- For best results, steam your face to open up the pores just before using this face mask.
- To use orange peel powder as a natural cleanser, combine it with a little water to make a paste. Apply it on your skin and leave it on until it dries completely. Finally, rinse it off with lukewarm water.
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