Facial peels do wonders for the complexion, sloughing away dead skin cells to reveal smooth, glowing skin. If you think a facial skin peel is way beyond your means, you may be happy to know that orange peels are loaded with exactly what you need to make your own effective facial peel mask at home. Changes are subtle at first, but a monthly facial will soon reveal a brighter, more youthful complexion.
Wash an orange under cool, running water, then dry it thoroughly with a paper towel.
Remove the outer 1/16 to 1/8 of the orange peel, using a vegetable peeler, citrus zester or sharp paring knife.
Preheat the oven to the lowest temperature setting -- usually 145 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the orange peels on a baking sheet and place the sheet in the warm oven.
Prop the oven door open at least 2 inches to provide air circulation and maintain a low temperature. Dry the peels for several hours, or until they are completely dry and brittle. You can leave the peels in the oven overnight, but be sure to turn off the heat and close the oven door before you go to bed.
Allow the dried orange peels to cool completely, then pulverize the peels to the consistency of cornmeal, using a blender or coffee grinder.
Place the ground orange peels in a clean bowl and stir in equal parts water. Alternatively, mix the ground peels with a mild facial cleanser or full-fat yogurt.
Wash your face and pat it dry. Smooth the orange peel facial over your face, then massage the mixture into your skin, using gentle circular motions, for 2 to 3 minutes.
Rinse the facial with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel and apply a light moisturizer.
- Natural Beauty at Home, rev. ed.; Janice Cox
- How to Dry Foods; Deanna Delong
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Health: Chemical Peels
- Midlife Makeovers; David A. St. Germain
- University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve and Enjoy
- University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service: Preserving Food: Drying Fruits and Vegetables