When life gives you lemons…use them on your face!
I have been suffering with poor skin for years now, it’s very sensitive and very prone to acne. Needless to say I’ve tried everything under the sun in regards to skincare products. And nothing seems to work, I’m still on the hunt for the right products that actually help me with my acne prone skin. I do believe that you need to heal from within first. This is one of the main reasons why I have turned to a vegan diet but it’s also essential to have a good face cleansing/exfoliating/moisturising routine. In the last week or two I’ve been looking for natural alternative remedies for curing acne, and that’s when I came across the many surprising benefits of using lemons on your skin and for general health. Lemons are a natural source of hydroxy acids. Beta hydroxy acid helps to exfoliate your skin and get rid of dead skin cells to make room for new cell growth. Alpha hydroxy acids hydrate your skin, prevent clogged pores, removing dirt, improves texture, and it fades the appearance of scars and pigmentation leaving you with a glowing complexion! I’ve put together some of the main benefits you will see if you incorporate the use of lemons in your daily skincare routine:
Clarifying moisturizer: Mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it.
Eliminates Blackheads: This does work! I’ve have been testing this out for the past 6 days and I have already seen a huge improvements in my skin, my blackheads are actually clearing up. Because lemons have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, they can help treat acne. Just slice a lemon, and rub it all around your your face and leave the juice soak into your pores for 15-20 minutes before washing if off with cool water. Make sure you’ve cleansed you face beforehand, and if you want even more effective results you could steam your face over a bowl of boiling water to open up your pores for the lemon to be absorbed more easily. Keep doing this every night and you will start to see your blackheads clearing before you know it.
Toner: I like to mix a some squeezed lemon, a few drops of tea tree oil, and some water. I dip a cotton pads into the mix and and rub it all around my skin and neck as a toner after cleansing my face.
Skin brightener: Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production. That means it can help lighten age spots, dark spots, or fake tan that just budge from those awkward spots.
Face Mask: I mix some lemons, strawberries, and cinnamon together to make a skin softening, acne fighting face mask. Strawberries a natural source of salicylic acid which is a form of Hydroxy Acid also. Strawberries used together with lemon will work its way deep into your pore to dissolve dead skin cell build up and removes grease that is clogging up your pores. Plus the alpha-hydroxyl acids (AHAs) in strawberries can control the over-production of oil. The cinnamon helps plump up skin and reduce signs of aging as it increase collagen levels for up to six hours after it is applied.
To make the mask, simply mix 3 large mashed strawberries with a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and a dash of cinnamon powder. Rub the mixture all over your face. You’ll probably need to wear some old clothes because it can get messy! Leave it on for about 20 minutes, before rinsing it off with warm water. Your skin will feel so soft afterwards!
I have been doing these few treatments for the last week and I have already seen a big improvements in my skin. It seems brighter, my acne scar are reducing and my blackheads are clearing up. If it can do this in a week I can’t wait to see the results after a few more weeks of using lemons!