Published on June 15th, 2017 | by Yashodhara Ghosh
Try It: Orange Peel
Picture this: a crisp, golden afternoon, your favourite quilt on the well-worn terrace mattress, a well-thumbed book – and a couple of plump, perfectly ripened oranges, just waiting to be unpeeled. While you’ll agree that only a few things in life can get better than this, oranges in fact have far more to offer than mere sweetness to your indolence. There are potent secrets tucked away in the humble, oft-ignored peel of this delectable fruit – secrets that will nurse your beleaguered skin back to the pink of health.
Now it’s no secret that oranges and other citrus fruits (limes, lemons, musambis, you get the picture) are bursting with the goodness of vitamin C. But a cool fact that school biology probably forgot to tell you is that it’s the peel of the orange or the lemon that stores the higher concentration of our friendly neighbourhood vitamin that is armed with superpowers for your skin. Creams and injections are a passé, for vitamin C contains ascorbic acid, which stimulates the production of collagen. Yes, you read that right: collagen, the fabled elixir for youthful skin that so many would gladly spend a fortune on.
And if that isn’t enough, here’s more good news. Ever heard of free radicals? These unsociable molecules, which increase in number as you get along in years, keep grating against your skin cells, robbing them of collagen and vitality, leaving behind trails in the form of tell-tale wrinkles and lines. Believe us when we tell you that Vitamin C is your best bet against these villains, thanks to its restorative and anti-oxidising properties.
Enough said. Here’s an easy-breezy and inexpensive (we mean it) DIY guide to fresh looking skin, à la orange.
- Soak up the sun: Your hours on the terrace may be limited, but let those peels bask in the sun for a couple of days, till they are desiccated completely, taking on a shriveled appearance. The texture will now be harder, coarser than before.
- ‘Packed’ with goodness: Now head for the kitchen and arm yourself with a blender. Divide the peels into two portions. Grind one portion to a fine powder – this will be the key element for a rejuvenating, cleansing face pack.
- Scrub it up: Take the other portion and give it a shorter whirl in the mixer, so you have a slightly coarser, more granular heap – and voilà, you have the most effective natural scrub, which will exfoliate your skin, leaching it of impurities and pollutants that lurk in pores and over time develop into stubborn pimples or acne.
- Milking it: Scrubs or masks using orange peel are particularly effective for oily skin, as they drain out the excess oils that may clog pores and cause nasty stubborn outbreaks. But just to balance out the astringent effect of the citric acid, it would be a good idea to add fresh yogurt or cold milk to your paste. These ingredients will help restore any lost moisture, leaving behind baby-soft, happy and irresistible skin. In conjunction with yogurt and milk, orange peel will work miracles on tanned, weather-beaten skin, restoring it to its pristine complexion.
FAB BAG PICKS
Natural Bath & Body Gel Face Masque : Nature’s most powerful antioxidants- Vitamin C, grapefruit oil and plant extracts team up together to create this whitening gel pack. This citrus face mask gently removes impurities and reveals skin that’s remarkably lighter, whiter and brighter. Formulated with a precise concentration of Vitamin C that is known for its anti-ageing and antioxidant powers, this gel also nourishes collagen fibres to maintain skin firmness. It is combined with Grapefruit extract to enhance it’s ability to lift the skin complexion and protect it from environmental damage. CLICK HERE to view the product
The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel : Wake up in the morning by using an invigorating, cleansing gel that leaves your skin clean and soft with a fresh citrus scent. Best for normal skin Satsuma peel essential oil moisturizes skin and provides a natural citrus fragrance. Community Trade organic soy oil is rich in essential fatty acids to repair skin’s moisture barrier, so skin is smooth and supple. CLICK HERE to view product
Natural Bath & Body Grapefruit Vitamin C Body Latte : Blend of cold pressed sweet almond oil, virgin coconut oil, honey, vitamin e and antioxidants brought together to create this rich formulation, that is rigorously whisked to get a light texture. This velvety fix glides on the skin, lovingly caresses it and leaves it silky and generously hydrated. Grapefruit oil provides essential fatty acids which moisturise the skin from deep within and the exfoliation properties make the skin appear bright. CLICK HERE to view product