Orange Peel DIY Beauty Recipes

Orange peel is loaded with anti-oxidants and vitamin C – more than in the fruit or juice. It’s naturally anti-microbial and cleansing too. Here’s how to harness that goodness for your skin.

Make Ahead: Orange Peel Powder

In order to work with the orange peel, you’ll need to turn it into powder. For both methods:

  • You’ll need two or three oranges.
  • Wash the peel thoroughly with water.
  • Using a very sharp knife, cut away only the colored part of the peel, leaving as much of the white pith as possible.

Method #1

  • Lay the pieces flat on a baking sheet and leave at room temperature – preferably in the sun – until dry.
  • It takes about two days until thoroughly dry, and no longer tacky.
  • Grind into a powder with a mortar and pestle.

Method #2

  • Preheat the oven to 200 °F
  • Place the pieces in a glass baking dish.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until thoroughly dried.
  • Use a food processor to grind into a fine powder.

The powder can be stored in a container with a lid in the fridge for 3 to 6 months, ready for use at any time.

Orange Facials

Exfoliating Mask

1 tablespoon orange peel powder
2 tablespoons walnut powder
3 drops lemon juice
2 tablespoons rose water

  • Make a paste with the ingredients.
  • Apply to the face with gentle circular motions.
  • Leave it on for about 5 minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Nourishing Orange-Turmeric-Yogurt Mask

1 1/2 tablespoons orange peel powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon yogurt

  • Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Apply to your face with fingers or a make-up brush.
  • Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Ultra-Hydrating Citrus Coconut Wash

1 tablespoon orange peel powder
1 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon rose water

  • Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Soak a clean washcloth in the mixture, and use it to massage your face for 2 or 3 minutes, saturating the skin with the solution.
  • Rinse off with warm water.

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