CITRUSY PEEL FOR GLOWING SKIN
Orange, the bright shiny citrus fruit that we all love because of its tangy taste, is one of the most effective immunity boosting foods. A glass of orange juice gives a complete dose of Vitamin C, along with other necessary nutrients and fiber. In addition to the fruit, its peel is of great value as it contains a number of vital nutrients and health promoting compounds – making it an ingredient to look for in your summer beauty products.
Most of us throw away the peel of fruit but when it comes to oranges, its peel gives lot of health benefits in terms of fighting diseases and enhancing skin radiance. It’s flavonoids help to defend against many inflammatory health conditions. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties which make it great choice for dealing with acne and oily skin.
Orange peel can be used in many ways including the oil extracted from the peel and the powdered form. To get the orange peel powder, first the peel needs to be dried in the shade and then preferably hand pounded (to retain its nutrients) into powdered form. It should be stored in the air tight container. It should not be kept in refrigerators and should be kept away from any dust and contamination. The powder can be combined with other ingredients and can be used as an exfoliator, face masque or face cleanser.
As per the ancient science of Ayurveda, Orange peel is tikta (bitter) and has laghu (light) and ruksha(dry) properties. These properties make it a good pacifier for Kapha and Pita imbalances. It is useful in the health conditions originated from imbalance of these two doshas.
The dry and astringent properties make it a wonderful choice for skin issues like acne and oily skin. It contains citric acid that helps in the brightening of skin naturally and give you a natural glow. It has various skin enhancing nutrients including vitamin C, calcium, potassium and magnesium.
For Acne, the fruit can directly be squeezed on to the affected area or the peel powder can be mixed with Rose water or Milk and applied on the acne. It can also be mixed with Neem leaves powder and lime juice and can be applied on the face for 10-15 minutes. This should then be rinsed off with cool water.
For Oily Skin, which is more prone to blackheads and sebum formation Orange peel can be used as an exfoliator which helps to remove all the dead cells and balances oil secretion.For exfoliation, it can be mixed with yogurt and applied over the face and be rubbed in upward and circular motions for 2-3 minutes and then it can be rinsed well with warm, then cold water.
For Pigmentation, it can be used as a facial mask. Powdered orange peel can be mixed with oatmeal powder and ½ tsp of turmeric and lemon juice and applied all over the face. Orange peel is one of the active ingredients of our Narangi and Nagkesar Ubtan which gives remarkable results for pigmentation and post acne marks.
For Tanned Skin, orange peel powder can be mixed with few drops of lime, sandal wood powder, ½ tsp of Multani Mitti and Aloe Vera Juice to make a paste. This can be used as a greatsummer skincare product to remove tan and brighten the skin.
So go ahead and add Orange peel in your summer beauty regime.
Dr. Taruna Yadav
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.).
Diploma in Stress Management.
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