I have often wondered on the fascination with most skin experts I have encountered and fruits peels as I have always derived pleasure in eating the peels of most of those delicious fruits amidst the odd look of ‘urgh’ Yvonne stares I get from friends but eh who cares! There are meant to be eaten, aren’t they? And besides, I have always been told that the skin or peels of most fruits are nutrients, healthy for the body…. That’s my truth and I am sticking to it!
Being surrounded by fashion bloggers, skin care addicts and much more (I feel I can never depart from that world but who can blame me eh – once a model always a model), I have now been drawn into the benefits of using fruit peels on my skin. When I was younger, I had horrible skin outbreaks (but still looked fineeeee) partly due to not taking extra care of my sensitive skin like I should have done and also due to a bad eating disorder (yes I was bulimic – blame the modelling world on that) but eventually, my skin started getting much better when I discovered a beauty regime that was perfected for my skin type (my secret and not to be shared). Part of my 2017 Manifesto was to take even better care of my skin and body ‘cause looking this good as a young woman (sigh) is not easy.
As derived via curejoy: instead of tossing fruit peels, reuse them for Skin Health and also in the Home.
Orange and lemon peels can fight acne by killing bacteria and controlling sebum. You can also tone the skin and prevent wrinkles with peels from oranges and mandarin. Dried peels can be turned into an exfoliating powder, while banana and avocado peels will moisturise the skin. At home, citrus peels can infuse vinegar and be made into pot-pourri. Banana peels are perfect for adding extra nutrition to plant water.
Eating fruits is one of the tastiest parts of healthy living. But when you’re left with a pile of peels, it’s tempting to head toward the compost. Not so fast, though! Those leftover peels have mind-blowing uses for both your body and home.
These fruit peel uses will also be a game changer for your health. You’ll be dealing with less chemicals, preservatives, and mysterious ingredients. Finally, you can wave goodbye to expensive products. Check out these nine ways you can benefit from reusing fruit peels.
Orange and Lemon peels fight Acne: Say goodbye to acne by using orange and lemon peels. Their extracts have the same abilities as antibiotics, so these can fight pimple-causing bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). You’ll be less prone to breakouts, without having to use harsh acne medication. Inflammation will be less likely, too. Beyond pimples, orange and lemon peel uses extend to fighting staph infections of the skin.
Orange Peel controls excess oil In Skin: Do you suffer from greasy skin? Use orange peel on the face to control excess oil. It has a flavonoid called nobiletin, which prevents sebum buildup in the pores. This compound also stops pores from getting bigger so that there’s less room for oil. P. acnes will also be less likely to thrive in your pores, proving that orange peel is amazing for acne.
Orange Peel Tones and Strengthens Skin: If you love to get facials at the spa, you might want to learn how to use orange peel on the face. It has compounds that can perk up the skin tone, making it look healthy and young. Those compounds also strengthen the skin, so it’s a great natural remedy for cellulite. Peels from similar fruits like mandarins also have toning abilities.
Mandarin Peel prevents Wrinkles: Like facials, anti-wrinkle creams can get expensive. But this is where the awesome uses of mandarin peel come in. The peel’s high antioxidant content reduces collagenase, the enzyme that breaks down collagen. This maintains the skin’s collagen level and therefore, stops wrinkles from forming. So if you want to keep your skin firm and wrinkle-free, consider adding mandarin peel to your beauty routine.
Orange Peel exfoliates Skin: In powder form, orange peel makes an amazing exfoliator. The coarse texture will scrub away skin cells while giving your skin healthy nutrients. If orange peel powder is too abrasive for you, mix it with a small amount of milk, coconut oil, or honey. This technique can also be used with sun dried lemon, lime, apple, and banana peels.
Banana and Avocado Peels moisturise Skin: Banana and avocado peels double as amazing moisturisers. Simply rub the peels all over your body and face for instant soft skin. This will lock in your skin’s hydration, especially after exfoliating. Another idea is to mix fruit peel powder with your favourite natural lotion.
How to Use: To use fruit peels on your skin, just rub it on with the flesh side facing in. But if you want to make a powder, you’ll have to dry them first. Leave them in the sun until they wrinkle up. Finally, pulverize the peels in a food processor or blender.
Citrus-Infused Vinegar: Vinegar is a big part of green cleaning. It’s simple, cheap, and free of nasty chemicals. And thanks to its antibacterial properties, you can keep your home squeaky clean. But what if you can’t stand the smell? Add fruit peels.
Infusing vinegar is one of the most amazing uses for citrus peels. Just drop them into a large container of vinegar and wait a few days. Over time, the sweet and pleasant scent will mask the vinegar. You’ll even get an extra dose of antibacterial action. This can be done with the peels from oranges, lemons, limes, grape-fruits, mandarins, tangerines, and pomelos.
Banana Peel as Plant Food: If you have a green thumb, use banana peels to infuse plant water. This will add extra nutrients and make it a real treat for your plants. To do this, simply cut a banana peel into several pieces. Add them to a bucket of water and let them soak. After a few days, the water will be ready for your plants.
You can also use this technique with avocado and apple peels. However, always make sure that your fruits are organic and free of pesticides. Otherwise, you might run the risk of contaminating your botanicals with chemicals.
Fruit Peels To Freshen Your Home
- After you eat a fruit, the peels stay fragrant. So why not use them to make your home smell fab? To make potpourri, dry peels in the sun until they shrivel up. Next, place them in a cloth pouch or a bowl.
- Another technique is to make stove-top potpourri. Start by simmering vegetable oil or apple cider over low heat. Add fruit peels, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla extract. Your home will smell divine.
- You can also use orange peel as an air freshener. Just cut an orange in half and scoop out the insides. Pour baking soda into the orange ‘bowl’ and place it in your bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom.
Now you know all about the versatile power of fruit peels. They can transform the way you deal with skin health, cleaning and green living to enable us live in a much safer environment!
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