It’s officially the season of Oranges! A perfect and refreshing summer fruit, with an abundance of Vitamin C. Time to start eating oranges or apply them on your skin to level up your skincare game. Here are a few reasons why you should add them to your daily diet, for a glowing skin.
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Top 5 Benefits Of Oranges For The Skin
1. Reduces Acne
Oranges are rich in citric acid,a goos source of Vitamin C, which helps in drying out the skin and controls the oil. Orange masks can especially prove beneficial during summer when the skin gets sweaty and acne-prone. You can make a face mask using orange peel and water. Apply the mask or mist to the skin during summer. Make sure you do a patch test, as orange peel may irritate sensitive skin.
2. Exfoliates The Skin
Prepare a mask with clays like kaolin or fuller’s earth and orange peel. Mix it with rose water or milk for dry skin. You can add a bit of honey for extra nourishment. Apply this on damp skin and keep it for sometime. Massage it with wet hands for gentle exfoliation.
3. Fights Infections
Due to the antioxidant properties of vitamin C, it enables the cells to fight infections and remove toxins from the skin. It also protects the skin from free radicals. So make sure you eat fruits with a lot of anti oxidants to fight against free radicals and give you a glowing and wrinkle free skin.
What are free radicals?
A free radical is termed as a molecular species which can contain an unpaired electron in its atomic orbital and can exist independently. Free radicals attack important macromolecules leading to cell damage and homeostatic disruption. Targets of free radicals include all kinds of molecules in the body. Among them, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins are the major targets.
Have a look at the research here- National Library of Medicine
4. Moisturises The Skin
Due to the antioxidant properties of the oranges, the skin gets hydrated. The dull, lifeless skin feels rejuvenated. You can either consume oranges or apply orange masks regularly to keep the skin lively and glowing.
5. Removes Blackheads
Blackheads are filled with dead skin cells and sebum and require exfoliation to get rid of them. Orange peel powder can help you get rid of the blackheads. Make a DIY face mask with orange peel powder and yoghurt or just use it with some rose water. Apply the thick mixture to the blackheads and massage in circular motions. You can continue the process for 5 minutes. Don’t overdo it ,else you might rupture the natural skin barrier. Rinse it with cold water and pat dry . Do apply a moisturiser after exfoliating your skin.