Know Your Ingredients: Sweet Orange
Citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil is extracted from the same type of oranges you may find for sale in your local grocery store. It is thought to maintain a healthy circulatory system, encourage healthy digestion, promote relaxation and is a useful deodorant. It is also known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
In skin care it’s prized for its exfoliation properties because it’s high in AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), which allow it to work as an exfoliator and also functions as water-binding agents to help preserve the moisture of your skin and prevent it from drying out.
Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil also helps boost protein regeneration, as well as collagen and elastin synthesis which strengthens and thickens the outer layer of the skin, smooths out fine lines and wrinkles, and minimizes dryness and flakiness.
Usually a cold-pressed extraction method is used to get citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil, though it can also be obtained by steam-distilling.