The market is flooded with juicy, succulent oranges and if you thought, this citrus-rich fruit is beneficial only if included in the daily diet, think again. Do not throw away that aromatic orange peel yet, this tangy, fibrous peel which often adds an extra zing to delectable desserts is also a treasure trove of beauty benefits when applied onto the skin.

Undoubtedly, oranges have extensive health benefits but apart from its tantalising taste and citrusy aroma, it is a boon for augmenting the skin health. The juicy tangerine has far more supply of Vitamin C in its peels than its succulent lobes. The dried powder of the orange peel is loaded with antioxidants that not only reduces oxidative damage and prevent the various signs of ageing but also imparts smooth and radiant skin in no time.

Orange peel DIY

Orange peels have multifaceted benefits. Imbued with powerful anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, these are a boon for acne-prone oily skin. They not only remove blemishes and pigmentation but also improves skin texture and evens out the skin tone. Apart from its curative uses, the dried peel powder can be added along with other natural ingredients to fabricate many daily beauty essentials like facial scrubs, facial cleansers, facial masks and lotions.

The orange peel powder is usually obtained by drying the orange peels under direct sunlight and then grinding them into a fine powder. It is easy to store the peel powder for months at a stretch in air-tight containers for future use or making other homemade beauty recipes.

So next time, when you relish on some nutritious juicy orange, instead of throwing away the peels, dry and use it for your daily beauty regime.

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Without further ado, here are three easy ways you can integrate orange extract or the peel powder into your daily beauty essentials and reap its goodness.

Orange And Walnut Facial Scrub


2 tbsp orange peel powder

1 tbsp sandalwood powder

1 tbsp walnut powder

1 tbsp yogurt

1 tsp honey


Mix all the ingredients into a smooth paste in a mixing bowl.

Apply the scrub evenly onto the face.

Massage the face in a circular motion for 5-10 minutes.

Wash off with lukewarm water.

Apply a moisturiser to ensure the skin is hydrated.

How It Works:

The orange peel powder acts as a natural exfoliator. Both orange and walnut powder gently removes the dead skin cells, whereas sandalwood and yoghurt prevent the growth of acne by subduing inflammation from any surface bacteria. Honey moisturises the face and bestows a healthy glow on it. Also Read: Sandalwood Powder /Oil: Ayurvedic Uses, Medicinal Benefits For Skin, Hair And Health

Orange And Fuller’s Earth Face Pack


2 tbsp orange peel powder

1 tbsp fuller’s earth / multani mitti

1 tsp of Kasturi turmeric

1 drop of orange essential oil

1 tbsp rose water


Beat all the ingredients together in a big mixing bowl.

Smother your face evenly with the face mask.

Allow it to dry for 20 minutes.

Wash off with lukewarm water.

How It Works:

Imbued with natural ingredients like orange peel, turmeric and multani mitti, this face mask is extremely beneficial for removing suntan and blemishes. The anti-bacterial properties of both turmeric and orange prevent eruptions of pimples and acne, giving way to glowing skin.

Orange And Shea Butter Lotion


2-3 dried full orange peels

3 tbsp shea butter

½ cup grapeseed oil

10-15 drops of orange essential oil

2-3 tbsp beeswax

10 drops of rose essential oil

2 Vitamin E capsules


Boil the dried orange peels in water.

Strain the orange extract from the peel residue.

Melt the shea butter, beeswax and grapeseed oil in a double boiler.

Once it comes to boil, switch it off and allow it to cool down.

Crack open the vitamin E capsules and add the vitamin E oil, orange extract, orange essential oil and rose oil to the melted lotion.

Mix it thoroughly in a blender until it attains a frothy creamy consistency

Pour the lotion in a glass vessel and store in the refrigerator for future use.

How It Works:

The orange lotion is great for post-winter skin woes as it nourishes both dry and oily skin. Orange extract prevents skin breakout, whereas shea butter tones and soothes inflamed skin. The essential oils not only add an invigorating fragrance to the lotion but also reduces signs of ageing promoting crystal clear, smooth and radiant skin. Also Read: The Brilliant Advantages Of Using Shea Butter Based Skincare Products