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Orange: Benefits for the Skin, Uses & More



Madi Cardoso

From boosting radiance to promoting collagen production – #TeamGorgeous unveils all the juicy details about the 'fruit of the gods'.

Oranges are known to have many health benefits for the body as well as for the skin. Indeed, they’re used in a plethora of beauty treatments such as creams, exfoliators and serums. But what exactly do they do for your complexion? And why is vitamin C so important?

Here’s our complete guide to the popular fruit, covering its incredible properties, uses, and much more.

Orange’s Benefits for the Skin

Mandarin, tangerine, clementine, satsuma – there are many different varieties of the fruit. Both consumption and topical application of these have a pocket-full of benefits for the skin.

Oranges are a great source of Vitamin C, as well as other minerals and antioxidants*. This explains why they’re so good for you – an orange a day…

Key Benefits of the Fruit:

  • Helps treat & prevent changes associated with photo-ageing such as wrinkles and pigmentation
  • Enhances skin radiance
  • Keeps the skin healthy
  • Aids in the production of collagen

Vitamin C: Everything You Need to Know

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has many important functions, including keeping the skin healthy**.

This type of vitamin is an antioxidant, which means it helps prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Antioxidants fight free radical damage caused by factors such as air pollution, exposure to the sun or eating fried foods.

Interesting Fact: Orange peel has a higher percentage of vitamin C than the fruit itself. Orange peel also has antibacterial properties – no wonder everyone’s making orange peel masks at home.

colourful splodge to illustrate orange benefits for the skin

Furthermore, vitamin C is vital for the production of collagen***, the main structural protein found in the skin. Collagen plays a role in improving elasticity and hydration of the skin, for example.

Another well known benefit of vitamin C is its ability to treat hyper-pigmentation by inhibiting the formation on melanin***. This means it can help with lightening brown spots or enhancing skin luminosity for example.

Did you know? Natural oils found in oranges can moisturise and soften the skin.

How Effective is Orange-Based Skincare?

As with all skincare treatments, some may be more effective than others. Make sure to check the contents and examine the properties of each formula to check if it suits your skin type and addresses your specific concerns. Overall, orange has many benefits for the skin – so fruit-powered skincare formulas should too.

Skincare Products with Orange

From the best vitamin C serums to luxurious citrus cleansers, discover skincare must-haves which contain extracts of the much-loved fruit.


Orange extracts can be found in refreshing cleansers such as the Vital Cleanse Facial Cleanser from Elemental Herbology. Enriched with vitamin C and green tea, this cleanser works to works to stimulate cell turnover, minimise breakouts and enhance luminosity.

elemental herbology cleanser with orange extract

If you’re looking for a 100% natural option, give the Burt’s Bees Facial Cleanser Orange Essence a go. It effectively removes impurities and unclogs pores while hydrating the skin.

Body washes like the Grapefruit & Mandarin Body Wash and the A’kin Orange Blossom Body Wash make for super-energising shower companions – add them to your skincare regime for a boost of vitality.


Dr Botanicals’ Mandarin Orange collection is filled with fruit-based marvels – including moisturisers. While the Repairing Night Moisturiser heals and repairs the skin while you sleep, the Enhancing Day Moisturiser prepares your complexion for the day ahead.

There is also the Caudalie Premiere Vendanges Moisturising Cream – brimming with antioxidants, this fresh-feeling orange moisturiser hydrates and rejuvenates the complexion.


Ideal for all skin types, including dry skin, the Sienna X The Facial Polish exfoliates, purifies and brightens the skin. 98% natural and vegan friendly, this exfoliator with orange extracts is sure to become a firm skincare favourite.

exfoliator product image


With citrus essential oils, the DECLÉOR Aromessence Green Mandarin Essential Oil Serum revives the skin’s glow while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

decleor oil serum with orange which has benefits for the skin

The Japanese Orange Superfood Facial Oil makes a sublime pick too. Deeply nourishing, this orange-powered oil works to refresh and invigorate the skin.

Who knew oranges had so many benefits for the skin?

Citrus-Powered Skincare: Keep Discovering

*Oranges 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits, healthline, accessed July 2020

**Vitamin C, Vitamins & Minerals, NHS, Accessed 2020

***Vitamin C in Dermatology, Pumori Saokar Telang, Research Gate Publication 2013

Now that we’ve covered the benefits of orange for the skin – why not read our guide on the super ingredient Salicylic Acid?

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