Why (and how) to add this skin beneficial citrus into your beauty routinePosted on November 27, 2018 Written by: 100% PURE®
There’s nothing we love more than getting gorgeous with natural skin care that harness the power of real whole foods. Cue the blood orange, an antioxidant-rich ingredient that has powerful beauty benefits. With a fragrance that’s sweet, citrusy, but also a little bit woodsy and complex, this little crimson jewel is making a star appearance in some of our favorite products. It doesn’t hurt that blood oranges are nature’s magic bullet when it comes to reducing inflammation and giving your skin a shot of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy cell turnover and slowing the breakdown of collagen (read: use this baby for its anti-aging properties). Blood oranges are also superstars because of their high content of fruit acid. If you haven’t already been acquainted with fruit acids, now is a good time to get to know each other. Fruit acids are your friend. Blood oranges contain citric acid, a member of the alpha hydroxyl acid family. These acids are potent exfoliators: they penetrate skin and dissolve the dead skin cells that sit on your skin’s uppermost surface. Goodbye dullness, hello glow. Cheers to organic beauty products made out of ingredients you could grow in your yard.
These (incredibly tasty) skin savers originated in the Mediterranean, and have been cultivated for centuries for their noteworthy ruby-colored flesh and remarkable health benefits. They allegedly began as a mutation of your humdrum “blonde” orange. Today they’re mainly grown in Sicily and California, climates with warm days and cool nights. During the day, they develop their natural sugars and at night they develop anthocyanin, the compound that gives them their distinctive deep blush. It’s the same chemical present in cherries, grapes, and eggplants, and it’s responsible for the ridiculously high antioxidant content in blood oranges. Antioxidants help your body process free radicals (harmful electric charges that form when the body is exposed to cigarette smoke, pollution, and UV radiation).
Right now we’re head over heels for natural beauty products that put these super citruses to work. Our Blood Orange Shower Gel has a super energizing fragrance, and has you covered for gentle cleansing and hydration for everyday use. For post-shower moisture, our Blood Orange Nourishing Body Cream will leave you with supple skin, with a recipe that combines potent anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins, softening fruit oils and moisturizing cocoa and avocado butters. Bonus points for how incredible it smells.
Post night out, give your eyes and cheeks a swipe with our Blood Orange Cleansing Balm. This magic product is just as effective for cleansing and makeup removal as the cold cream you used when you were 16, only this product is made out of 100% organic fruit oils and beeswax. Your face will thank you. Our Collagen Boost Masks also harness the power of blood orange. In these masks, blood orange benefits the skin by stimulating healthy collagen production; in addition to blood orange, these easy-to-use sheet masks contain other vitamin-C-rich ingredients to nourish your skin and promote important functions.
Want more all natural makeup and organic cosmetics that use blood orange? Check out our Blood Orange Hand Buttercream, Blood Orange Whipped Body Butter, and our Cocoa Butter. All of these products are free of synthetic fragrances and other toxins. Nothing hard to pronounce, just the natural, goodness from nature.
We’ve already learned that blood orange benefits your skin in many ways, combatting damage with antioxidants and promoting collagen by providing your skin with vitamins and minerals. But research on blood orange essential oil has shown that there are even more blood orange benefits for skin: Studies have suggested that blood orange essential oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it a great option for treating acne. Separate studies suggest that some of the natural phytochemicals in blood orange essential oil have anti-inflammatory properties--so this natural oil may also work as a remedy for inflamed, stressed-out skin. Research has also linked the use of blood orange essential oil in aromatherapy with reduced anxiety levels.
Blood orange essential oil can make a great addition to your beauty DIY cabinet. Whether you choose to use it for aromatherapy, or to include it in a DIY face mask or face serum, you’re sure to see the benefits of this vitamin-packed ingredient. When buying a pure blood orange essential oil, we recommend that you look for a certified-organic product that contains no filler ingredients. And before applying this essential oil to your skin, remember to dilute it with a gentle carrier oil like our Argan Oil.