Orange peels. Most don’t think twice about it. You peel the orange, throw away the peels, and not know how amazing this fruit peel actually is. Why so amazing? Orange peels contain nutrients and phytonutrients that greatly benefit the skin and actually heal many skin conditions. There’s a reason why they are an ingredient in many skincare products.
Here are three reasons why orange peels are great for your skin - whether eating them or using them for a face mask.
#1 Vitamin C
Did you know orange peels contain more Vitamin C than the orange pulp itself? For every 100 grams of orange peels, there’s 136 milligrams of Vitamin C. And for the orange itself - the part that you eat - there’s 70 milligrams of Vitamin C per 100 grams. Quite the difference!
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals that lead to pre-mature aging, which cause wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Vitamin C also helps keep skin glowing, firm, and provides skin with essential nourishment for a youthful complexion.
Did you know every 100 grams of orange peels contains 161 milligrams of calcium? This is 16% of your daily value in calcium. One root cause to itchy, dry skin is deficiency in calcium.
Calcium helps regenerate old and worn out skin cells - preventing DNA damage. Calcium is not an antioxidant, rather, regulates the production of catalase - an antioxidant that prevents DNA damage. Thus, minimizing dryness, itching, premature wrinkles, and helping prevent skin cancer. What’s more - calcium minimizes the effects of stress in the body. And a nervous system that is stressed leads to skin problems.
#3 Dietary Fiber
Did you know orange peels are rich in dietary fiber - more specifically pectin? 100 grams of orange peels provides 28% of the recommended dietary daily allowance of fiber. Fiber helps move yeast and fungus out of your body, thus, preventing them from being excreted through your skin. Additionally, fiber facilitates your liver and kidneys to quickly and easily rid toxins from your body; otherwise, skin will become more prone to acne and rashes.
Fiber also helps ensure that your body gets more time to absorb the nutrients that you are consuming; such as antioxidants like Vitamin C - for collagen production. It’s a win-win with fiber and Vitamin C working together.
Get amazing skin with orange peels!
Orange peels have received a bad rap by always being thrown away in the trash. But we now know how amazing they actually are! Orange peels can be juiced with a powerful juicer, can be a zest or grated into a smoothie, finely chopped over a meal, or used as a face mask.
What’s your favorite way to use orange peels? Let us know in the comment section below.