Erin Stewart has finished schooling and has acquired a certification as an esthetician (skin care specialist) and in Health & Nutrition.
Oranges for Skincare
Orange, in all forms, has been used to make wonderful concoctions for your skin. From the peel and juice to the oil, you can use every by-product of orange to make a great skin care recipe. It is also useful for clearing many of your skin problems such as acne, wrinkles, and aging.
The Nutrition of Oranges
Following a healthy diet is very important for your skin. The saying, "You are what you eat" comes to mind as it pertains to the health of, not only our skin, but the overall health of our bodies. We require certain vitamins and minerals in certain amounts for every function of our body and our skin; being our largest organ; is no exception. Our skin reacts to whatever we eat, so we should be careful what we decide to indulge in. If we keep fueling our body with junk and not enough of the healthy stuff it is bound to create problems. Many a times we tend to forget that we need not impose too many things on our body. Including more fruits and vegetables creates a new path for better. Many may think they cannot be able to have fun or live entertainingly enough in life by eating a fruit and vegetable rich diet, but a well-balanced diet is what you always need. Maintaining a proper diet of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, energy and many more is very important.
Introducing the orange.
The anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clotting avoiding properties of oranges does wonders. Having one orange a day can provide you a 12.5% of fiber content which helps to reduce your high cholesterol level and also prevents atherosclerosis. It even helps to maintain your sugar levels. It has a good supply of thiamine, folate, and vitamin A in beta-carotene form, potassium and calcium. It also helps to bring down high blood pressure.
How Can These Vitamins Help Me?
Thiamine, also known as B1 vitamin, is an important water-soluble vitamin which plays a critical role in metabolism as well as the growth and function of cells. This vitamin has a short life so continuous ingestion is important to keep absorbing it and benefiting from it. On top of ingesting this powerful antioxidant, it is highly beneficial as a topical tonic that protects the skin from aging, wrinkles, and blemishes. Its antioxidant properties destroy free radicals and detoxify the skin. This also helps to keep acne at bay.
Folate is also a B-vitamin and is known as B-9 vitamin and must also be regularly replenished since it is also water-soluble. It is vital for DNA health, amino acid conversions, regulating certain biological reactions, and methylation. It is also vital for nervous system and immune health.
Vitamin A in carotene form is involved in immune function, cellular communication, growth and development, and male and female reproduction. Vitamin A supports cell growth and differentiation, playing a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, eyes, and other organs.
Potassium helps enhance muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and the nervous system. It is the third most abundant mineral in the human body and is a powerful element in improving health. It contains the components for maintaining a high level of well-being and an improved lifestyle. You should not underestimate the importance of potassium in your dietary plan.
Calcium is not only for bone strength. It also supports the proper production of new skin cells and aiding in the prevention of wrinkles, sagging, and general skin deterioration. However, it also plays a role in maintaining our skin’s natural hydration. Calcium supports the skin’s creation of sebum, an oily, waxy substance that coats, moisturizes, and protects our skin from drying out. Calcium also creates a skin barrier that helps protect us from harmful UV rays. This can help reduce the risk of skin cancer, making calcium even more important in maintaining our overall health and wellness.
Orange Home Remedies
Before taking on any home remedies please make sure that you are using safe topical oils that only contain pure ingredients. It would also be advisable to know if you are allergic to any of these ingredients and to consult a medical doctor to make sure that you don't wind up having complications. Please also keep in mind that each of these remedies are meant to be used topically and not to be ingested. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
If you want to diminish wrinkles and fine lines, a daily application of homemade serum containing rose oil, patchouli oil and orange oil on the affected area(s) will help reduce the appearance. 100% pure oils can be a bit harsh for some skin types so it would be beneficial to add these oils to a base oil such as almond oil and mix thoroughly.
You can reduce the appearance and agitation of eczema by creating a soothing moisturizer containing chamomile oil, geranium oil and orange oil. As mentioned above, often times 100% pure oils can be a bit harsh for some skin types and adding them to a base oil such as almond oil would be beneficial. In the case of making a lotion or a salve instead of a serum, you could substitute the almond oil for a coconut oil which will solidify in cool conditions.
You can diminish cellulite problems by applying a base oil of your choice mixed with grapefruit oil, tangerine oil and orange oil. With such a high citrus component to this moisturizer, it is best to keep in mind that a little really goes a long way. It's not bad to smell like an orange but it may be an issue to smell like a whole orchard.
If you suffer from unsightly stretchmarks use the base oil of your choice mixed with neroli oil, which is produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree and palmarosa oil which comes from a plant closely related to lemongrass.
Commonly used home remedies to cure acne are orange, garlic and cucumber. For example, you can make an orange peel paste which can be applied on your pimples. The antioxidants and the anti-inflammation ingredients in these foods will reduce redness and swelling. You can also puree or juice the orange and cucumber and use it as a face mask or tonic.
Try It Out and See the Results!
In conclusion, there are so many ways to use the orange fruit and take on daily skin care without burning a hole through your wallet on expensive skin care products that don't really seem to do anything at all. It's as simple as getting those vitamins, eating right, drinking enough water and looking to simple nature to supply us with what we really need, and what we really need isn't in a tube covered with ingredients that we can't even pronounce.
I get complimented all the time with how youthful I look at my age and I feel like a large reason for that is because I rely so largely on the vitamins and minerals I get from citrus fruit to keep my body from turning on me. It's important to remember that not only are you taking care of your insides and your looks but you're also creating a shield of sorts against free radicals that can wear you away like a stream of water going through rock. My suggestion would be to try out some of the methods that I listed and see how they work for you.
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