An obvious choice in an oil burner or aroma diffuser, orange can (and should!) be used as part of your skin care routine as well. Orange famously helps stimulate the skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin, giving it its well-deserved anti-ageing reputation. Orange is especially good for congested, oily, and irritated skin but works a treat for all skin types.
Why is orange good for the skin?
It has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and helps prevent the growth of bacteria. On the skin, this translates as less breakouts and a clearer complexion. Since orange also helps with cell renewal, it acts as a general tonic for all skin types and helps soothe irritation.
A few ideas for using orange in your skin care routine
- Mix 1 drop of orange with some raw honey and pure aloe vera for a refreshing face masque.
- Add 1 to 2 drops to your sponge and soap up as normal in your bath or shower.
- You’re a soap dodger? Add 1 to 2 drops of orange on your dry body brush, so on your off-shower or bath days you can still enjoy the revitalising properties of orange!
- Add 1 drop to rosehip or jojoba oil and use under your night cream as a clarifying uplifting skin treatment.
- Add 3 or 4 drops to a bath in the evening to promote calm, restful sleep.
How do you choose a good orange essential oil?
The country of origin doesn’t really matter, although the consensus is that Italy and Sicily produce the best citrus – and organically grown oranges are a plus. The extraction method is however crucial to ensure quality. Choose a cold-pressed orange oil as the extraction process does not involve heat and will preserve all the properties of the fruit.
-Orange is a photosensitive oil: allow at least 12 to 24 hours after application before exposing your skin to the sun.
-If you’ve never used essential oils as part of your skin care routine before, please don’t exceed the number of recommended drops as they are extremely concentrated and potent!
-Some essential oils should also be avoided during pregnancy and with certain medical conditions like high blood pressure. To be on the safe side, ask your doctor first and always read the information leaflet in the box.