Most people throw away the peel of the oranges after eating them as they are unaware of the multifaceted benefits offered by these peels.
Imbued with potent anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, orange peels are a boon for your skin. The flavonoids present in orange peels help treat many skin disorders and inflammatory health conditions. In addition, orange peels are also beneficial in removing blemishes, improving skin texture, balancing skin tone, etc.
Let’s know more about orange peels, their Ayurvedic significance and their benefits for your skin.
Ayurveda Speaks on Orange Peels
According to Ayurveda, orange peels have a Tikta (bitter) taste and exhibit Laghu (light) and Ruksha (dry) qualities. Therefore, orange peels are highly effective in pacifying Pitta and Kapha Dosha in the body and treating skin conditions that originated from the imbalances. The dry and astringent qualities of orange peels also make them an excellent remedy for acne and oily skin.
Benefits of Orange Peels for Skin
- Orange peels can help balance the skin oils in Kapha and Pitta skin types and prevent several skin disorders.
- Dried orange peels help exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells and blackheads from the skin.
- They also help in removing dark spots and blemishes from the skin.
- The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties of orange peels help treat pimples and acne.
- Orange peels contain skin-enhancing nutrients like vitamin C, calcium, potassium and magnesium that help give a natural glow to your skin.
How to Use Orange Peels for Skin?
Most people use orange peels in their powder form. To make orange peel powder, dry a few orange peels and hand pound them into powder form. Do not keep this powder in the refrigerator. Store it in an airtight container, away from dust and contamination.
You can combine orange peel powder with other ingredients and use it as an exfoliator or face mask. Alternatively, you can also buy the oil extracted from the orange peels and mix it with other herbs to apply it to the skin.
Orange Peel Home Remedies for Skin Problems
- For Acne
Mix the orange peel powder with rose water or milk and apply it to the acne affected area. Leave the paste on your skin for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse off with cool water. You can also mix the powder with neem leaves powder and lime juice.
- To Exfoliate Oily Skin
Mix orange peel powder with yoghurt and apply it to your face. Rub the paste upwards in a circular motion for 4-5 minutes and then rinse off with water.
- To Remove Tanning
Mix orange peel powder with a few drops of lime, sandalwood powder, Multani Mitti and aloe vera juice. Apply the paste on your skin evenly and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
On a Final Note
Orange peels offer many curative and beauty benefits to the skin. It is especially beneficial in treating Pitta and Kapha related skin disorders.
Using face masks, exfoliators, etc., made of orange peel powder can go a long way in bringing a natural glow to the skin. It is also effective in treating skin problems like acne, pimples, blemishes, pigmentation, etc.