Skin Care Basics | Oranges

I don’t know about any of you but I am a huge citrus lover, especially for oranges with their acidic sweetness and bright color.

I love incorporating citrus such as oranges into my skin care for their many properties and skin lightening abilities.

However, with any citrus it is very important to keep in mind that they are very light sensitive and can cause you to burn or blister in the sun.

You can still enjoy the benefits of citrus in your skin care but only use any citrus products several hours or even overnight before you will come into any direct sunlight.

Anti-Aging | Oranges are very high in antioxidants and vitamin C which means that they can protect your skin against free radicals which can help to slow down signs of aging such as age spots and fine wrinkles.

The amount of vitamin C can also help your skin to produce more collagen and elastin which will create more supple, youthful looking skin.

Oranges also contain citric acid which acts as a natural exfoliant which can also help skin to appear more youthful as old, dead skin is removed and improves the overall look of your skin.

Skin Blemishes | The citric acid in oranges can help to treat acne by removing excess dirt and oils as well as acting as a drying agent on breakouts.

The natural vitamins in oranges not only helps with anti-againg but the encouragement of collagen and elastin production can also help to speed the healing of breakouts and skin blemishes.

Collagen and elastin also help to create less scarring from acne.

Skin Whitening | As most people know oranges are naturally lightening to the skin and can act as a toner to even out skin tone and to remove dark patches over time.

The abundance of vitamin C and antioxidants in oranges help them to maintain the balance of natural oils on the skin, making them a wonderful option for oily and dry skin types.

Orange toner also acts as a way to freshen up dull looking skin and giving it a natural glow and suppleness.

 

 

Calming Herbs for Sensitive Skin

There are a lot of people out there who either have sensitive skin, myself included, or have sensitive skin conditions.

Many commercially made skincare products are not fully designed to cater to skin sensitivities since they are often loaded with synthetic ingredients and preservatives which are not always as skin friendly as they claim to be.

Making your own gentle skincare for your skin’s specific needs is much more productive and much less expensive in the long run and its completely customizable.

Calendula | Calendula is a bright, yellowish orange colored flower that is widely used in skincare for those with sensitive skin.

It is anti-inflammatory which makes it a great option for those who suffer from allergic reactions on their skin or even for sunburns and bruising.

Calendula helps to produce collagen which makes it useful for any cuts or acne since it reduces scarring and softens dry or thin skin.

 

Lavender | Lavender is also a herb that is widely known for its skincare abilities and is usually a crowd pleaser amongst everyone.

With anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties lavender is soothing to wounds and helps the process of skin healing. It is anti-aging with its ability to stimulate skin and tone pigmentation.

It plays well with all skin types, specifically oily skin and helps to treat skin conditions such as dermatitis, acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

It also helps to calm irritated, red skin or breakouts.

If you’d like to learn more about what lavender can do for you and your skin, you’ll want to check out my last post specifically about

 

Chamomile | This herb isn’t only good as a nighttime tea it also has several benefits for skin, specifically irritable skin.

Like lavender, chamomile is an amazing option for those with skin conditions such as dermatitis, acne, eczema, and psoriasis since it is calming.

Chamomile helps to gently ease pain and irritation in acne sufferers, boils, skin wounds, and rashes or allergic reactions including sunburns.

It is a great option for all skin types and is the most widely used herb in skincare when it comes to sensitive and easily irritated skin types.

 

Green Tea | Though green tea might not be specifically thought of as a herb I decided to include it anyway since it also has many positive qualities for those with sensitive skin.

Like the other herbs on this list, green tea is anti-inflammatory and is soothing to skin conditions such as acne and rosacea and psoriasis.

Green tea fights against free radicals and sun damage on skin and is anti-aging because of the natural antioxidants that it contains. It promotes skin cell reactivation which helps to reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles, age spots, and skin sagging.

It is also a natural astringent which makes it a great toner as well as an option for those with oily skin.

As with all natural skincare it is important to always do a spot test with the herbal products that you are trying out to ensure that you will not have an allergic reaction to any of them.