With so many Vitamin Cs available in the market, we have forgotten the good old orange oil. Before Vitamin C serums became all the range, orange oil was everyone's source of Vitamin C in their skincare regime. In this blog we will revisit this unsung and forgotten skincare gem, its benefits, how is it an affordable alternative to expensive serums along with how to incorporate it into our skincare regime.
What Is Orange Essential Oil?
Orange oil which is also known as sweet orange oil is derived from the peels of the world’s most favourite fruit: Orange (Citrus sinensis). It has an invigorating fragrance that instantly uplifts your mood, quite similar to bergamot orange. There are 2 variants of orange oil: sweet orange oil and blood orange oil. They exhibit anti-ageing benefits that keep your skin bright, healthy, and flawless.
Numerous volatile and non-volatile compounds are found in orange oil, including linalool, d-limonene, and a-pinene. Orange oil exhibits anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, pain alleviation and anti-inflammatory properties.
Orange essential oil is known to provide relief from the signs of anxiety, stress and is known to enhance the state of mind. The high concentration of limonene in orange oil assists in fighting free radicals that damage skin cells. Its anti-microbial property hinders the growth of a number of germs and fungi. The topical application of orange oil improves your skin tone, fights inflammation as well as acne, thus reviving and rejuvenating the skin. This aromatic essential oil is effectively used in aromatherapy. Orange oil is often paired with bergamot orange oil or lavender oil for inducing good sleep.
Benefits Of Orange Oil For Skin
Let’s scoop out the benefits of orange oil for skin.
1. Prevents Acne
The antimicrobial property of orange essential oil is beneficial in reducing acne-causing bacteria. It can also help reduce inflammation caused by acne.
2. Boost Blood Circulation
Orange oil when diluted with a carrier oil can be used for body massage. A complete body massage with this oil helps improve blood circulation and provides relief from joint pain.
3. Protects From Sun Damage
The high concentration of limonene in orange oil protects your skin from environmental aggressors and free radicals.
4. Improves The Appearance Of Pores
Its astringent property helps minimize enlarged pores by controlling sebum production.
5. Anti-Ageing property
Due to the high content of antioxidants in orange oil, it also reduces the effects of free radical damage on the skin. It tightens your skin, improving its elasticity thereby reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
6. Reduces Inflammation
The anti-inflammatory property of this essential oil is has a soothing effect on inflamed skin.
7. Improves Radiance
Improved blood circulation enables nutrient supply to the skin's cells, resulting in a healthy glow to your skin.
8. Deodorizes Skin
The refreshing and rejuvenating aroma of orange essential oil can help neutralize body odour. Add a few drops of orange oil to your bath water to feel, refreshed and rejuvenated.
9. Increases Clarity
Orange oil is rich in Vitamin C which effectively reduces dark spots, blemishes and evens out the skin tone.
10. Promotes Wound Healing
This oil can accelerate wound healing due to its high antioxidant content. Additionally, its antimicrobial properties help prevent wounds from becoming infected.
11. Detoxifies The Skin
Orange oil has a cleansing property that helps to detoxify the skin by flushing out toxins. It unclogs the pores and flushes out dirt, grime from pores. It effectively reduces blackhead, whitehead and acne.
How To Use Orange Oil For Skin
Orange oil can be effectively used in your skincare regime for treating various skin concerns. The uses of orange oil for skin are aplenty.
1. Orange Oil For Acne
Add a few drops of orange oil to aloe vera gel and mix well. Apply a thick layer of this mixture to the acne-prone skin. Leave it overnight and wash it off with warm water in the morning. The anti-inflammatory property of aloe vera has a soothing effect on inflamed acne-prone skin.
2. Orange Oil For Anti-Ageing
Dilute orange oil with cold-pressed jojoba oil and mix well. Apply this every night before going to bed. Regular application of this mixture helps to reduce wrinkles, fine lines and evens out your skin tone making it soft and smooth. Orange oil can prove to be a pocket-friendly alternative for costly Vitamin C serum.
3. Orange Oil For Glowing Skin
Add a few drops of orange oil to cold-pressed sweet almond oil. Mix well and apply twice daily. With regular use, you will notice a considerable difference in the texture and appearance of the skin. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of orange oil to your night cream and apply it before going to bed. Regular application of this cream will enhance the texture of your skin, making it soft and supple.
4. Orange Oil For Skin Exfoliation
Orange oil when combined with raw sugar can be used as an exfoliator for eliminating dead skin cells from the surface.
5. Orange Oil For Dark Spots & Blemishes
Orange oil can be utilized for reducing dark spots and blemishes. All you need is virgin coconut oil-2 tablespoons, raw honey- 1 tablespoon, apple cider vinegar- 1 tablespoon, a few drops of orange oil and 2 capsules of live probiotics. Mix all the ingredients well and store the content in a clean glass jar. Apply it every night before going to bed.
Orange oil should always be diluted properly with a carrier oil before use to avoid skin irritation. Experts recommend doing a patch test if you are applying it for the first time.
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