It is widely believed that nothing given to us by nature is useless. Even the skin of every fruit we consume is packed with umpteen beauty benefits, and it’s time we start including them in our beauty routine. A natural ingredient we’re loving right now is orange peels. From fading dark spots to vanishing tan lines, here are five benefits of orange peels for skin.

1. Fades dark spots

Fades dark spots

We all know the incredible ability of orange to fade blemishes and dark spots (cue: vitamin C). The peel of an orange is also loaded with the same goodness! The Vitamin C in orange peel is perfect for getting rid of unwanted dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Just mix a spoon of orange peel powder with honey and milk to form a paste and apply it evenly on your skin. Use this mask at least once a week and you will see your imperfections vanish in no time. You can also pair it up with the Lakmé 9 to 5 Vitamin C+ Facial Serum for added benefits and quicker results. If you’re using this combo during the daytime, do not forget slather sunscreen on top.


2. Improves texture

Improves texture

Studies have proven that the nutrients found in orange peels can do wonders to improve skin texture. Orange peels are rich in fibre, Vitamin C, folate, Vitamin B6, calcium and many vital nutrients. Fibre is known to improve blood circulation in cells and supply oxygen to every cell. This helps heal your skin from within and hence, your skin’s texture starts to repair inside out. If you have stubborn acne scarring, this can help when used regularly. It also nourishes your skin from within and adds a glow.


3. Gets rid of unwanted tan lines

Gets rid of unwanted tan lines

The brightening properties of orange peel powder can be your BFFs after a beach vacay. It effectively lightens pigmentation and gets rid of uneven and unwanted tan lines. Besides evening out your skin tone, it also calms and soothes sunburns. For optimum relaxation, try mixing orange peel powder with some aloe vera gel like the Lakmé 9To5 Naturale Aloe Vera Gel. Keep it on for about 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.


4. Acts as a gentle exfoliator

Acts as a gentle exfoliator

Orange peel powder is finer than sugar or salt granules. This makes it a perfect ingredient to exfoliate sensitive skin! It cleans out your pores and removes all the dust and grime without irritating the skin. Make a homemade scrub with orange peel powder and any mixing agent of your choice. You can use honey and milk, coconut oil or rose water, it’s all up to you! Over time, this will bid adieu to blackheads and whiteheads.


5. Anti-ageing properties

Anti-ageing properties

Oranges and orange peels promote the growth of collagen in the skin. When used consistently, it can slowly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also prevent premature ageing. Not only does it promote collagen growth but it also hydrates the skin which helps defeat tightness and dryness. Tight skin often leads to winkling and orange peel can eradicate the problem from its root.