Lemon is an age old remedy to help your skin look beautiful. Lemon is an inexpensive way to help give you glowing and radiant skin. New Health Guide reports lemon juice is loaded with healthy vitamins and it can be used as both a food and as a home remedy for many types of disorders. Lemon juice itself also has many benefits when it is applied directly on the skin.
Because the acids of lemon juice may irritate the skin of some people it is important to dilute lemon juice with water prior to applying it to your skin. There are many benefits of using lemon juice on skin which include:
- Diminishing scars and age spots
- Healing acne
- Naturally exfoliating the skin
- Brightening or lightening the skin
- Moisturizing and toning skin which is oily
- Fighting the development of wrinkles
To fade age spots it is suggested that lemon juice or diluted lemon juice be placed directly on the age spots at bedtime. This should be washed off in the morning. For blackheads straight lemon juice should be rubbed on them every night until they disappear. The lemon juice should be rinsed off with cool water in the morning. Lemon juice, olive oil and honey mixed in equal amounts can be used on your skin if it is excessively dry. The mixture should be left on the dry areas for 10-15 minutes and then rinsed off with warm water.
Lemon juice can be mixed with vodka, water and witch hazel to produce a solution which will help to tone oily skin. The mixture should be made with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1-tablespoon of water, 2 tablespoons of vodka and 1 teaspoon of witch hazel. This should be mixed very well and applied to the oily areas of your skin. This area should than be rinsed with cool water. For exfoliation cut the lemon in quarters and dip a piece of lemon into a small amount of sugar. The cut lemon should than be rubbed over your face to help in the removal of the top layer of dead cells. Then rinse your skin with cool water.
To help fight wrinkles a few drops of lemon juice along with a drop of almond oil should be added to a teaspoon of honey and mixed well. This mixture should be put on your face for about 15-20 minutes then rinsed off with cool water. You can simply use lemon juice to help fight acne reports Women’s Health. Lemon is a natural antibacterial and so lemon juice can fight the bacteria which are the cause of acne. The lemon juice can be applied to the acne directly or diluted with water if it stings. This should be left on your skin for about 30 minutes or overnight and than washed off with cool water.
Wikihow reports lemon juice is a common folk remedy for quickly lightening skin. However because some people have a serious chemical reaction when their skin is exposed to lemon juice and sunlight a great deal of care should be taken to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and/or UV rays when lemon juice is used as a lightening agent. So lemon juice a relatively good skin lightener if you’re careful about how long you leave the lemon juice on your skin and under what conditions you apply it.
Fabhow reports a homemade hand scrub for softer hands can be made with granulated sugar, olive oil and lemon juice. When you mix this together make certain it is not too thick or too thin. If it is too thick it will be hard to apply on your hands and if it is too thin it will be too messy to use. Apply the mixture liberally all over your hands. The lemon will even out skin-tone and diminish scars and blemishes.
Dr Surbhi reports for Dermatocare there are precautions you should take when using lemon juice for skin. In sensitive skin types the acidic pH of lemon can trigger inflammation and lead to redness and burning. Also there can be burning, redness and blisters of the skin if it is exposed to the sun after the application of lemon juice. This may even leave pigmentation after healing. Some people also have allergic reactions to fragrance which is derived from citrus fruits.
To avoid side effects from lemon juice Dr Surbhi suggests not using undiluted lemon juice directly on your face. Plain water or rose water should always be used to dilute lemon juice in order to decrease its acidity. Aloe vera gel and honey can also be added. In order to avoid any reaction with the sun it is suggested that a lemon based home remedy be used at night. Also to get the maximum benefit of vitamin C in lemon juice fresh lemon juice should be used because vitamin C is unstable its concentration decreases if lemon juice is left in contact with the air or the sun. If these precautions are taken lemon may offer you a safe natural way towards having beautiful skin.