Is lemon juice on the face good or bad?

Lemon juice is loaded with healthy vitamins so it is useful as both a food and as a home remedy for many disorders. What is less well known is that lemon juice also has many benefits when applied directly to the skin. What are those benefits? How to apply lemon juice for optimum results?

The acids in the juice may be irritating to some people so be sure to dilute lemon juice with water before applying it to your skin. Some of the benefits of lemon juice on skin include:

– Vitamin C – Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C does a great job at evening out pigmentation without too much irritation.

– Citric acid – Citric acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). You can read more about AHAs in skincare here, but in short they’re great for exfoliating your skin, making it look plumper and smoother.

– Niacin (vitamin B3) – This is anti-inflammatory, helps with pigmentation and alleviates dry skin as well.

So yes, lemon could be great for your skin! This are some of the benefits of using lemon juice:

1. Diminishes scars and age spots

The discoloration caused by scars, certain skin disorders and age spots can be diminished by applying lemon juice to the discolored area.

2. Heals acne

Lemon juice has natural antibacterial properties that make it a good choice to help cure acne and prevent further breakouts. Using lemon juice on blackheads has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of blackheads.

3. Exfoliates

Lemon juice is a natural exfoliant since the citric acid acts as a gentle “skin peel” that removes the top layer of dead skin cells. This will result in a smooth complexion when used regularly.

4. Lightens the skin

Brightening or lightening the skin, moisturizing and toning oily skin, and fighting wrinkles.

Tips and Warnings for Using Lemon Juice on Skin

There are some tips and warnings for using lemon juice on your skin:

1. Stinging sensation

Lemon juice may produce stinging due to the citric acid in the juice. Mix the lemon juice with some water if you cannot tolerate the burning and stinging. Start by mixing the lemon juice and water in a half and half solution and then adjust the mixture based on how your skin feels.

2. Dry skin

Lemon juice applied to already dry skin can actually make that condition worse. If you do have dry skin, be sure to use a good moisturizer after applying lemon juice to your skin. Lemon juice and honey also make for a good antibacterial and moisturizing combination. If your skin is oily, try combining the lemon juice with some cucumber juice.

4. The right frequency

Using lemon juice on your skin every day may lead to dry, broken skin that is more susceptible to infection.

5. Keeping off sun exposure

Be cautious when using lemon juice especially if there’s a large amount of lemon juice in it, and make sure you wear sunscreen next time you go into the sun. And stop immediately if you see any signs of irritation or depigmentation!

Have you tried lemon juice? I’m sure there are many other ways you can use lemon juice in your beauty regime. Comment down below and share your beauty tricks with me! 🙂

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6 Best Foods to Eat in this Summer

You know summer’s the perfect time to switch to light clothes, but did you know it’s also the right time to change your diet? During summer you sweat a lot and it may cause health problems such as dehydration, skin sensitivities, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The best solution? Eat local, in-season fruits.

Here are six of the best foods that you can eat to help your skin hydrated all the time during summer:

  1. Watermelon – As its name implies, this fruit is a hydration hero, up to 93% is water and has loads of natural vitamins such as vitamin A and C. Watermelon’s high water content keeps you cool and hydrated. Watermelon also contains lycopene, which protects skin cells from sun damage.
  2. Tomatoes – While tomatoes are filled with antioxidants and Vitamin C, they also contain beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene, which contribute to chronic diseases—especially cancer.
  3. Blackberries and Raspberries – These berries are great sources of fiber. Raspberries are a food that goes unnoticed a lot—they can be very expensive off-season—but there are a lot of awesome qualities in the powerful little raspberry. They’re very high in vitamin C and have 8 grams of fiber per cup.
  4. Green Tea – Studies have suggested that green tea may be helpful in fighting cancer and heart disease, lowering cholesterol. Green tea can help get rid of toxins in your skin. It is great for healing blemishes, scars, and reducing inflammation.And if sipping a hot drink in a hot month isn’t your cup of…well, tea, try it on ice—the cooler temp doesn’t compromise its nutritional benefits.
  5. Nuts – snacking on handfuls of almonds, cashews, and peanuts to get your fill of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are thought to lower bad cholesterol levels.
  6. Avocados– they have anti-inflammatory effects which prevents inflammation that hardens the artery walls. Avocados help in lower your bad cholesterol.

And the list goes on! If you know any other fruits that are perfect for summer hydration, please share!

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My 5 Skin Secrets

The older I got the wiser I became towards my skin. I remember the days when I would run out of the house without sunscreen or purposely tan for hours in the early afternoon wearing nothing but just a bare face. Although I thought I would never use anti-aging products or wear a hat in the sun, I will admit that I have changed my ways. I now spend my days finding the perfect products that have become part of my lifestyle.

I recently started using a product called Swiss Zell Transdermal Cellular Therapy Serum which is a lightweight Swiss made serum formulated with tomato stem cells to visibly reduce deep lines and wrinkles in just two weeks! I want to share my 5 skin tips for obtaining youthful skin as well as ways to incorporate Swiss Zell Transdermal Cellular Therapy Serum into your daily routine, here it goes:

Eat Well

 

We are what we eat which is why it’s so important to maintain a well-balanced diet. There are many benefits to eating fresh fruits and veggies such as fueling your body with antioxidants. Your skin will be bright and glowing in no time.

Exercise

Working up a good sweat has been linked to smoother more radiant skin. When our pores dilate, sweat expels trapped dirt and oil. Aerobic exercise provides your body with a heavy dose of oxygenated blood. Your skin instantly glows more and that glow is maintained for hours after a workout.
Exercise helps the skin to produce collagen, which is a protein that helps to keep your skin supple, firm, and elastic.

Drink Water

Water is essential to maintain the skin moisture and deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells. It replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity. This helps delay the appearance of signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.  Adding lemon to your water adds a boost of vitamin C which is needed for the synthesis of collagen. Lemon is also known to clear acne and blackheads creating a youthful glow.

Exfoliate

Weekly facial scrubs are an essential way for removing dead skin and blackheads. By gently exfoliating dry skin cells, the skin will appear to feel smoother and look refreshed as the cells are newer.

Night Routine

This routine is very important since your body naturally enhances its ability to fight environmental and natural damage while you sleep. Sleep also increases melatonin (the sleep hormone), which acts like an antioxidant to fight age spots and lines.  You can read more about the 8 hour beauty sleep secret here.

It’s important to hydrate the skin and use products that aid the skin in repairing its self from within. I typically use an anti-aging serum such as Swiss Zell Transdermal Cellular Therapy Serum.

I follow this up by a hydrating under eye cream.

What do you guys do to keep your skin looking young? Share your comments below 😉

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