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Orange Blossom Water: a Natural Remedy for Skin Care

Orange blossom water is a product of natural origin that helps your skin. Due to its properties, specialists recommend it for hydrating, toning, and protecting. Are there any more reasons you should use it? Keep reading to find out!
Orange Blossom Water: a Natural Remedy for Skin Care

Last update: 16 October, 2021

Orange blossom water is a product of natural origin that has gained popularity as a complement to skincare. We get the substance from the steam distillation of orange blossom petals (Citrus aurantium). It has a pleasant and light aroma.

According to the information on Wikipedia, people also use this water in different cooking recipes, among which are Spanish roscón de reyes, syrups, muffins, and cakes. Also, some people use it for medicinal purposes, but there´s little evidence for that.

Regardless, today it’s branded in pharmacies and cosmetic shops as a complement to facial care. Although it does require more investigation to confirm its properties, anecdotal data suggests that it can help improve the appearance of the skin. So, what are the benefits?

Skincare with orange blossom water

The distillation process of the orange blossom’s flower petals creates orange blossom water, a product that has phenolic compounds in addition to vitamins and minerals, as shown in a revised publication in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity.

Specifically, its active properties are as follows:

  • Neroli essential oil (o.15%): limonene, linalool, nerol, methyl anthranilate
  • Petitgrain essential oil (0.15%): flavonic heterosides, bitter principle
  • Organic acids (citric, malic, ascorbic)
  • Sugars
  • Pectins

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Due to this composition, it’s not surprising that orange blossom water acts as an ally for improving the appearance of the skin. Although it’s not a magic product or anything like that, it’s a good option to keep your skin soft, hydrated, and free from impurities.

Let’s take a closer look at its properties.

orange blossom flower in nature
The distillation process of the orange blossom’s flower petals creates orange blossom water.

Hydrating and refreshing

Due to its composition, orange blossom water is an ideal product for hydrating and refreshing your skin. In fact, it’s suitable for all skin types, including those that are sensitive and delicate. It’s good for moisturizing in case the skin is dry, peeling, or appears dull.

It’s also a good option for eczema and allergies; however, in those cases, it’s good to remember that this isn’t a first-line treatment and only helps to calm the issue topically. A dermatologist should treat any skin issue you may have.

Cleaning and regulating excessive oil

This lotion isn’t just great for dry skin, it’s also helpful for those that produce a lot of oil. It has astringent properties, and as a result, applying it can help to remove excess oil that fills the sebaceous glands in people that have this issue.

Additionally, it cleans and reduces the presence of germs on the skin, which reduces the risk of problems like acne. It also helps to mattify and reduce the shiny quality that can make skin look dirty.

Protecting the skin

Due to its phenolic compound content, one of the substances with antioxidizing effects, orange blossom water helps to protect the skin against the effects of the sun’s UV rays and the free radicals in the environment. Thanks to that, using it regularly in addition to good habits helps to reduce the risk of premature aging.

woman looking in the mirror removing make up with cotton pads
Orange blossom water can help to reduce the shiny quality that can make skin look dirty.

How to use orange blossom water to look after your skin

There are many ways you can use orange blossom water to look after your skin. Many people regularly use it as a tonic to finish their skincare routine. This way, you remove the impurities in the pores and leave your skin looking more hydrated. You can use it in the morning before applying other cosmetics, and at night before you go to bed.

  • The best way to use it is by soaking a cotton pad in it. Then, rub it softly over your whole face, neck, and neckline.
  • You can also put it in a spray bottle and spray it onto your face before you apply makeup. That way, once it dries, it helps the cosmetics adhere to your face easier.
  • Other moments to use it include: after shaving, on hot days, when your skin is shiny, or on any irritations or redness.

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