Most of the time you probably just consider an orange peel the impossible force standing between you and a deliciously juicy fruit. However, oranges and other citrus fruits are packed with Vitamin C and other essential nutrients. The benefits of eating oranges and other citrus fruits are well documented. The research behind the use of orange peels in skin care has only just begun, but there is already a growing list of benefits.
So far, citrus peel extract has been connected to helping weight loss and prevent insomnia, gastrointestinal problems and last but certainly not least, skin problems. The principle component of orange peel and other citrus fruit extracts is d-limonene, which is used as a natural cleanser. How do you know if orange peel extract is present in your skin care products? It’s simple: The citrus scent is an automatic giveaway.
The extract can be taken as a supplement or added to skin care formulas as an essential oil. This essential oil plays two major defense positions when it comes to your skin’s health. One is that it is a powerful antioxidant to remove toxins from your skin. Second is that it can reduce acne.
Beneficial Antioxidants for the Skin
The praises of antioxidants cannot be sung loud enough. The food and skin care industries are rushing to find new sources of natural antioxidants and effectively incorporate them into their products. It is well known that antioxidants can be found in a variety of fruits, including citrus. But recent data from “Food and Chemical Toxicology” concludes that there are more antioxidant properties in the extracts of citrus fruit peels than in the fruit and the fruit juices themselves.
Combating Free Radicals
In order to understand the significance of this for the skin care community, you first have to understand exactly what antioxidants do for the body. To do that, we need to first talk about free radicals. Free radicals come from a variety of sources: the body itself, ultraviolet light, pollution and cigarette smoke, among other things. Free radicals are atoms looking for additional electrons, and sometimes steal them from your regular cells’ outer shells, making them unstable. Small amounts of free radicals are necessary, but large quantities can quickly become a problem and will continue to replicate this pattern throughout the body.
Free radical damage can become so bad that it can actually alter DNA codes and cause oxidation. Think about what happens to a cut apple once it has been left out in the open air for a while. This is an example of oxidation and it is what happens in your body when free radicals are allowed to multiply unchecked. And multiply is exactly what they do.
As you can see, things can get out of hand fairly quickly. Antioxidants found in orange peels can combat free radicals. Antioxidants are able to lose electrons without becoming unstable. This allows them to lend an electron to a free radical without becoming a free radical itself. And orange peel extract is filled with plenty of them.
Free radicals can cause the skin to age prematurely. To keep this from happening, stay away from free radical causing stimuli like ultraviolet light and cigarette smoke. You can also utilize Vine Vera products that are specially infused with citrus peel extracts, such as the Resveratrol Zinfandel Skin Tone Correcting Serum, and see the amazing results that come when skincare products contain this powerful extract.