The Truth About Lemon + Your Skin

The Truth About Lemon + Your Skin

Now, I’m all for a good at home remedy and I am always looking for anything and everything that can help me out with my acne scars and hyperpigmentation, so when I first stumbled upon a post talking about the benefits of incorporating lemons into skincare routines, I was intrigued. But also very, very skeptical. 

A lot of the articles I skimmed mentioned that lemon could be used for skin lightening, oil cleansing, anti-aging, healing acne, exfoliating, etc. Safe to say, I didn’t find anything wrong with the idea of using lemon as a part of your skincare routine per se, but I am still raising my eyebrows at the entire concept.

Prior to any lemon experimentation, I highly recommend that you test whatever-you-are-going-to-be-doing on a small section of skin beforehand, to see what the reaction will be. Also, like I have said in many of my previous skin posts, it is crucial to use SPF 30 or higher when you are treating your skin in any way shape or form. And I’m not talking about the SPF that is in your makeup— I mean actual sunscreen. 

One way to begin testing the lemon waters is to dab a few drops of fresh lemon juice super diluted with plain or rose water to ensure that it does not harm your skin and swipe it over clean skin in a very light layer and head to bed. Opting to do this at night might be the most beneficial, as it can have more time to work its possible magic and because you can rinse it off in the morning.

Anyways, rant over. Here are some ways lemon can be beneficial to your skin based on some common skin concerns and skincare:

Hyperpigmentation & Scarring:

Lemons are packed with Vitamin C and citric acid. The combination of the two provide amazing results for people who want a more even tone to their skin without spending a fortune of products that may or may not work. That said, be super cautious about this one. Lemon is pretty drying and harsh on the skin.

Oil Cleansing:

This simply helps control the production of excess sebum (oil) in the skin so your makeup stays fresh all day. Add a few fresh lemon drops into your oil mixture and you're good to go/

Anti-Aging:

Not only does this work topically, also drinking lemon water or adding lemon and some honey to green tea (my fav!) reportedly helps fight the aging process too!

Exfoliation:

While the citric acid in the lemon juice helps with resurfacing, another great tip is to occasionally mix diluted lemon juice with sugar to reveal soft and glowing skin. Who doesn’t want that?! 

Get to squeezin', lovelies.

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