Citrus fruits are so sunny and invigorating, filled with body-loving vitamin C and spirit-lifting color. And orange juice does so much more than just prevent scurvy! Alpha-hydroxy fruit acids and oil-reducing astringent properties make orange juice a natural for wrinkle-busting, as well as shrinking enlarged pores, eradicating acne, adding shininess to hair, and more.
Here are some easy formulas to try. Let the beauty benefits of orange juice add a little more sunshine to your day:
Simple Softening, Smoothing Face-Wash
Let the AHAs and vitamin C in orange juice add softness and smoothness to your skin. Simply apply orange juice to the face like a wash, then rinse.
Saturate a cotton ball with orange juice and apply to pores, without rinsing.
To Banish Blemishes
This formula will work on your back or chest, as well as your face.
Mix equal parts honey and orange juice and apply to affected area. Allow to remain on skin for 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water. The honey is a natural healer, while the orange juice’s astringency helps to dry up excess oils.
Shiny Hair Rinse
Juice of one small orange
Equal measure of water
1 tablespoon honey
Combine ingredients and work into damp, freshly-shampooed hair. Allow to remain on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Refreshing Facial Mask
This is both enlivening and nourishing to your skin.
1 teaspoon plain unflavored yogurt
juice from 1/4 orange
Combine ingredients and smooth onto face. Allow to remain on for 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Simply saturate cotton pads with orange juice and place them on eyes, while lying down for 30 minutes. Rinse.
Serious Facial Wrinkle-Buster
1 egg white, beaten
2 teaspoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
a few drops sweet almond oil
Combine ingredients and apply to face. Allow to remain on for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels.