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.
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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