It’s no secret that lemons can make you feel and look good.
Aside from adding flavors to your food and drinks, lemons are packed with tons of benefits. It has properties that can increase not only your immunity but even enhance your natural beauty as well.
As they are cheaper but highly effective, a lot of people are already using it as part of their beauty regimens. If you haven’t tried it yet, then these 13 reasons should be enough to change your mind.
1. It firms and hydrates the skin.
Lemon juice contains folate, one of the B-vitamins, which are essential in keeping your cells, including skin cells, healthy. Without enough folate, you're likely to be exposed not only to unhealthy skin but cancer as well.
While consuming lemons as part of your diet can help maintain your skin's health and firmness, applying it directly on your skin produces a more targeted effect.
2. It helps slow down skin aging.
The vitamins found in lemon juice can help slow down the skin's aging process. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C which is considered as a potent antioxidant.
Antioxidants work by neutralizing the free radicals that cause skin wrinkling and sagging. They are also effective in firming the skin up and depigmenting dark spots.
3. It helps control acne and improve the complexion
Besides slowing the signs of skin aging, lemon juice is also effective in controlling acne. Its juice has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help fight bacteria.
This is actually one of the reasons why a lot of acne treatment products are marketed with lemon and vitamin C content. By making your own homemade facial cleansers, you can enjoy the same benefits without the need to spend more.
4. It lightens scars
Freshly squeezed lemon juice can help minimize the appearance of scars, including those stubborn acne marks. Its vitamin C content decreases the amount of melanin produced by your skin.
You can apply the juice directly to the scarred areas before bedtime. For best results, try to leave the juice on overnight to allow its magic to work thoroughly.
5. It evens out the skin tone
Aside from helping with age spots and other blemishes, lemon juice can also make your skin tone more even. Using a piece of cotton soaked in lemon juice, you can directly target your problem areas, including your knees and elbows.
For a whole body effect, however, you can add a half cup of lemon juice to a warm bath and soak in it before going to bed at night. To experience its best benefits, you can stay in the water for around 20 minutes.
6. It exfoliates dry skin
Lemon is a gentle but effective exfoliating agent. You can use it on its own or add other natural ingredients for maximum effect.
Creating a simple scrub made of baking soda and lemon juice is great for dry elbows and knees. Keep in mind to scrub in gentle, circular motions until the dry, flaky skin is removed.
Lemon juice and sugar or salt mixed into a paste make an effective overall exfoliating scrub. If you have dry or sensitive skin, try to stick with the sugar scrub as it's less drying.
On the other hand, in case you have dry, chapped lips, you can use lemon juice as an overnight remedy. You can do the procedure every night or whenever necessary.
7. It can work as a facial cleanser
Lemon juice, when combined with honey and olive oil, is effective in hydrating and cleansing your skin. In case you have an extremely sensitive skin, make sure to decrease the amount of lemon juice or dilute it with water first.
As a rule of thumb, it's not a good idea to go out in the sun right after a lemon juice treatment, particularly if you have dark skin. Sun exposure can cause the treated areas to lighten up unevenly.
8. It is a natural astringent
Lemons can act as an astringent by firming the skin and tightening the pores. It is usually applied after cleansing and is followed up with a moisturizer.
If you have oily skin, using lemon can really help manage your condition. Its astringent property can help control your skin's excessive oil production.
9. It makes the skin soft and smooth
Lemon juice can make your skin smooth and hydrated. However, since lemon juice is acidic and can be drying to the skin, you can try adding a natural moisturizing product.
Glycerin and honey are good options as they help retain your skin's natural moisture. To avoid adverse effects and skin irritation, you can use the mixture two or three times a week, rather than daily.
10. It conditions hair
Aside from its tons of benefits on your skin, lemon is also good to use on your hair. Its juice works well as a conditioner because it can restore your hair's natural pH.
Lemon juice can also help remove any product and oil build up on your hair. When used properly, it can make your hair naturally shiny and bouncy.
You can use lemon juice with lukewarm water and use it as a hair rinse. For your dry hair's extra conditioning, you can mix it with olive or coconut oil.
The oil and lemon juice conditioner should be applied all over your hair, except for the roots. Leave it on for several minutes before rinsing to achieve its maximum effect.
11. It naturally lightens hair
If you're looking for a natural way to change your hair's color, then lemon is one of your best options. As a matter of fact, many people have lightened their hair during the summer using nothing but lemon juice and sunshine.
You can apply fresh lemon juice to your hair using a spray bottle. If you want a more dramatic effect, you can apply the juice directly on the parts of your hair that you want to lighten up.
12. It strengthens and protects nails
Mixed with a little bit of olive oil, lemon juice makes a good softening cuticle cream. At the same time, it can also make your nails harder and its tips whiter.
13. It helps make you relax
A homemade facial treatment made with lemon juice is a relaxing and rejuvenating way to pamper your skin. It doesn't only make your skin hydrated and glowing, but it can also help you relax and de-stress.
Here are some refreshing lemon beauty recipes you can use at home to pamper yourself:
Brightening and Tightening Face Mask
1 Egg White
½ T. Raw Honey
½ T. Fresh Lemon Juice
- Briskly whip all ingredients with a fork for one to two minutes.
- Spread the mixture evenly over your clean, dry face except the eye area.
- Leave on for 30 minutes or until the mask has dried and feels tight on your skin.
- Rinse with warm water and remove the rest with a washcloth.
- Splash cold water on your face and gently pat dry.
Honey and Lemon Acne-Fighting Face Mask
½ Organic Lemon
1 tbsp. Organic Raw Honey
- Stand over a bowl of hot water to steam your face and allow your pores to open up.
- Add half a squeezed lemon to one tablespoon of organic raw honey and mix well.
- Apply all over your face, except the eye area.
- Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your skin's sensitivity.
- Wash off with warm water, followed by cold water to tighten pores.
- Pat gently to dry and add moisturizer if needed.
Lemon juice is one of nature's gifts that can be used in so many ways. Aside from its health benefits, it is effective in keeping your skin, hair and nails healthy and beautiful.
Do you use lemon in your beauty routine? Are there any other recipes you can to this list?