We all know lemon is a rich source of vitamin C and citric acid and which is what makes them an extremely important ingredient for health as well as beauty reasons. Lemons are known to be packed with a lot of good things such as antibacterial properties; detoxifying properties, etc. which is why they are being used as a core ingredient in many beauty products. It has recently started to gain popularity outside of the kitchen as well. There are so many beliefs regarding the usage of lemons and their beauty benefits. Be it skin or hair, lemons can work effectively for both of them and helps in producing desired results. However, due to the presence of citric acid in it, it may cause skin irritation to people who have really sensitive skin if applied topically without diluting it with something else. And which is why it’s always suggested to run a patch test on your skin to see if there’s going to be any adverse effect. And if there’s no sort of skin reaction or something, it’s still advisable to dilute the lemon juice with some soothing ingredients such as honey and rose water. Though, lemon is believed to have numerous benefits, we have listed some of its best beauty benefits which you cannot miss out on knowing. Read on to know about them.
1. Prevents and treat acne & acne scars
Due to constant exposure of dust, dirt and other various reasons, our skin tends to become susceptible to acne-causing bacteria. And these acne-causing bacteria are the leading cause of acne formation. Apart from these reasons, increased oil production and clogged pores are also one of the major causes of pesky acne formation. However, they can be treated and prevented by applying lemon juice to the affected areas or you can also apply it all over your face. This is due to the presence of antimicrobial properties that is present in lemon and also because of the high ph level which helps in reducing the inflammation and controls oil production. It also helps in reducing the appearance of acne marks that acne leaves behind while fading away.
Take a few drops of lemon juice in a bowl and mix it up with an equal ratio of honey, rose water or coconut oil so that the juice doesn’t feel itchy or tingling on the skin. Make sure to run a patch test on your skin before you apply it to your face.
2. Helps in skin lightening and brightening
Lemon is a great source of antioxidant vitamin C which acts as a natural brightener and helps in skin lightening. For people who often deal with dark elbows and knee area, here is an easy and effective remedy for you. Applying or rubbing half cut lemon over these areas will help you in achieving quick and desired results. This hack works like magic and can safely be relied upon. You can also apply the lemon juice on your face to even out your skin tone and make it appear lighter and brighter. It fights off the dark spots and gives your face a flawless appearance.
3. Strengthens nails
Dealing with fragile and dry nails? Here’s an easy solution for you. Soaking or dipping your nails in lemon juice not only helps to strengthen them but also makes them appear whiter and shinier. You can easily pamper your nails with an effective manicure at the convenience of your own home. For that, you will require a homemade nail strengthener which can be prepared using lemon juice and olive oil. Either dip your nails in the prepared mixture or dab it on your nails using a cotton pad. Make sure you have coated the entire nail bedding if you’re looking for effective results.
4. Aid in fighting dandruff
Dandruff is one of such problems which almost 40% of people are dealing with. And quite honestly, it isn’t easy to get rid of. Your hair shampoos may claim to work well in such conditions but nothing can work as effectively as any home remedy. And one of such remedies is using a lemon juice. The citric acid present in lemon juice helps in maintaining the ph level of your scalp and keep it all clean by getting rid of excess oil. It basically removes the dead skin cells from your scalp which further solves the dandruff problem.
5. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
The appearance of some anti-aging signs such as wrinkles and fine lines can easily be reduced with the usage of lemon juice. Lemon is known to be packed with vitamin C which helps in repairing of damaged skin cells and also rejuvenates your skin. It makes your skin look more youthful, firm and radiant whilst keeping premature aging at bay.