Lemon has various health benefits, and when added to your skin routine it can really help to make noticeable changes.
NOTE: There are various ways to use lemon in your skin routine including lemon juice, lemon peels (aka the lemon skin), and lemon essential oils. (When using pure lemon juice, be sure to mix it with the proper ingredients because it can be a bit strong, especially if you plan to use it on your face)
So what can lemons do for your skin?
- Brighten your complexion
- Lemons are rich in vitamin C, so when used on your skin they can help to brighten your complexion. This means they can also help to lighten up any age spots or dark spots on your skin.
- Lemons work as an anti-oxidant that help to maintain the skin’s moisture and softness
- Maintains Moisture
- Natural Toner
- Lemon juice can be used as a toner or astringent, however be mindful this is more ideal for oily skin types. If you have dry to sensitive skin, you will want to dilute it.
- Remove dead skin
- Lemons help to remove dead skin with the use of their natural alpha hydroxyl acid found in them
- Prevent Blackheads
- Lemons are antibacterial so they’re great for preventing blackheads
- Along with removing dead skin, the alpha hydroxyl acid found in lemons helps to prevent the formation of blackheads
- Acne Treatment
- Lemons have a natural astringent-like nature and help promote the growth of healthy skin cells
- Helps Eczema
- Vitamin C is found in lemon, which can help to lighten the appearance of eczema as well as help with the irritating itchiness of your skin
- While it may not necessarily cure eczema, it can help eliminate some of the properties that come along with it
- Remove/Prevent Wrinkles
- Lemons help to rejuvenate the skin while removing dead skin cells which an help to reduce wrinkles and lines that naturally begin to form
Warnings For Using Lemon On Your Skin:
While lemons can be beneficial to your skin, you should also be aware there are properties you should be mindful of, such as:
- Sun Sensitivity
- Using lemon can cause your skin to become sensitive to the UV rays of the sun, so be mindful of this and use SPF or some form of skin protectant
- Skin Irritation
- Using straight lemon juice can cause irritation to the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin
- Lemon Juice Scars
- Lemons are acidic in nature so when using them on your face, be sure to be careful around pimples as the lemon juice can cause them to burn, sting, and or bleed