There are so many ways to use orange and lemon peel powder on your skin that you can change up your DIY routine regularly. In fact, that’s something dermatologists advise, since our skin tends to normalize whatever regimen we use on a regular basis.
Why is citrus peel powder so great?
There are many reasons why orange and lemon peel powder is an exceptional ingredient for use in natural beauty. The peel of the fruit – i.e. the colored part, not the flesh or the white pith – is densely packed with nutrients and other skin-friendly compounds.
- Vitamin C – has known antioxidant properties, which can protect cells from damage.
- Calcium – helps to keep skin hydrated, and preserve the look of healthy skin.
- Potassium – helps to preserve moisture and maintain hydration.
- Magnesium – aids in skin repair.
Making citrus peel powder
Do you have two weeks or two hours? There are two methods you can use. If it’s your first time, use both, so you’ll have an immediate supply, as well as some that will be ready when you run out.
- Be sure to scrub the skin of every orange or lemon you use; organic is best;
- Scrape off as much of the white pith as you can;
- Save the peels until you have a good cup of orange peel bits;
- Tear them into small pieces and set them out on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Three to five day method;
- Set the baking sheet out in an area that ideally gets a lot of natural sunlight.
- Let them dry until thoroughly dry and hard enough to crush.
- Depending on the amount of sunlight, it can take three to five days – one or two if it’s very warm and sunny.
- Set the baking sheet in the oven at 200 °F.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. They should begin to harden and curl at the edges.
- Let them cool to room temperature before using.
When the peels are ready:
- Crush them with a mortar and pestle, or in your small food processor, until it forms a coarse powder.
There are many ingredients you can add to a basic mix of citrus peel powder.
Gentle Deep Clean
2 teaspoons citrus peel powder
1 teaspoon oatmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda
- Mix the citrus peel powder, oatmeal and baking soda in a small bowl.
- Add the coconut water drop by drop, mixing until you get a thick paste that you can spread over your skin.
- Massage it over your face in a circular motion, and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat your face dry.
Citrus Peel, Honey & Banana Moisturizing Mask
1 tablespoon citrus peel powder
1 tablespoon honey
- Mash the banana in a small bowl.
- Mix in the citrus peel powder and honey, and blend thoroughly.
- Apply the mixture to your face, and leave it in place for about 20 minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Citrus, Papaya & Green Tea Clarifying Mask
2 tablespoons citrus peel powder
3 drops fresh orange juice
1 papaya, mashed
1 teaspoon dried green tea leaves
- Mix the powder and orange juice, then blend in the dried green tea until the mixture is thoroughly combined.
- Spread over the skin of your face, and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, and pat your skin dry.