No Joke, Oranges are Seriously Good for the Skin
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Orange you glad I didn’t say banana? Ok, that is an extremely condensed version of that joke, but I figured I’d spare you the annoyance.
Why am I bringing up an old knock-knock joke about oranges? Despite the fruit being the center of so many jokes, it actually produces some serious effects for our skin and our bodies. We’re all familiar with vitamin C and it’s benefits, but I want to focus specifically on citrus aurantium dulcis oil.
What it is
Citrus aurantium dulcis, also known as bitter orange or Seville orange, is a hybrid of the pomelo and mandarin, and is often used for its essential oil. In its raw form as well as its essential oil form, it can be found in various foods as well as medicinal applications. This is because it has an intense (and delicious) orange flavor, but also is power-packed with nutrients.
It is rich in vitamin A and C, flavonoids and antioxidants that work well with our skin when combined in certain formulas.
Vitamin C power
As it applies to skin, citrus aurantium dulcis has two primary benefits. First, its antiseptic and antibacterial properties help fight skin blemishes and acne conditions by helping clear away excess oil and debris. Second, it also works to condition the skin and infuse it with antioxidants.
We use it in our Massage Oil for both of these purposes as well as a few others. Not only does it smell good, but it also helps dissolve body oil rather than clog pores. The essential oil also helps deliver antioxidants – beta-carotene, lutein, mycrene – to the skin.
Next time someone offers up a massage, have some orange oil or RA for Men Massage Oil at the ready.