Citrus waste recycled for cosmetics, active skincare contains potential finds

Writing Applied food researchResearchers from India’s National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management investigated the current food and non-food applications of citrus processing waste.

The results showed that citrus fruits waste – the seeds, peel, pulp and pomace they represented. “Practically half the mass of fresh fruit”– offered as recycled ingredients due to the plethora of bioactive phytochemicals and flavoring properties they contained. And for cosmetics “High value compounds”How essential oils and unique fragrances made citrus waste a suitable choice, according to the review.

Citrus peel scraps – anti-aging, skin health and lightening

In cosmetics, the researchers said citrus waste could be used in body sprays, body lotions, soaps and creams. “Being a rich source of bioactive compounds, antioxidants, vitamins (vitamin C and E) and polyphenolic compounds, nowadays agro-industrial waste is also used as an active ingredient for skin care products”, The researchers wrote in the review.

“Citrus peel waste is one such agricultural waste that is widely used in the cosmetic industry”,they said.

Citrus peel, high in antioxidants, for example, could be an anti-aging agent, offering anti-collagen and anti-elastase potential, or incorporated into skincare formulas to reduce skin-related problems such as acne. Peel waste, especially orange peel waste, could also be used in skin whitening creams or treatments for dark spots and hyperpigmentation due to its high antithyrosinase activity which leads to melanin pigment lowering. Research has continued in the field of skin lightening formulas and essential oils extracted from citrus peel waste could be used as fragrance components.

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