Oranges owe their vivid colour to a pigment known as betacarotene, also known as pro-vitamin A, which is known for helping to combat the visible signs of aging.
We’re all aware of the importance of eating enough fruit and leafy vegetables, but when it comes to ensuring our vitamin C levels remain optimal, one fruit takes the crown: the humble orange. As well as being packed with skin-loving antioxidants, even a small-to-average size fruit yields up to two-third of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin C. We asked nutritionist Raphaël Gruman and dermatologist Dr. Nina Roos for their expert advice on how - and why - we should be including more of them in our diet.
Not only do oranges look good, smell good, and taste good, they work wonders for your complexion. Dermatologist Dr. Nina Roos explains just how all that juicy goodness gets to work under the skin’s surface. Like all citrus fruits, oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, which not only stimulates collagen production - responsible for giving skin a youthful, plump appearance - but also protects the epidermis from external aggressions, counteracting damage caused by overexposure to pollution or sun damage. Oranges owe their vivid colour to a pigment known as betacarotene, also known as pro-vitamin A, which is known for helping to combat the visible signs of aging. Finally, oranges are a great source of antioxidants, which boost cell repair while counteracting UV-related stress. Other great ingredients with similar levels of betacarotene are (unsurprisingly) carrots, as well as pumpkin, sweet potato and all kinds of squash, while fruits with similar levels of vitamin C include lemons and kiwis. We’re spoiled for choice!