Beautiful skin free of any imperfections is the desire of every person, and that can be achieved with the simple ingredient, lemon.
This citrus fruit will provide you with clean, healthy and radiant skin. The well-known American dermatologist Tarcy Katz offers several advices how to have that perfect skin without any stains.
Lemon can act as and exfoliator and can easily turn into a beneficial mask against acne, blemishes, and brown spots.
The Benefits of Lemon for Your Skin
- Antimicrobial effects
Lemon is a great source of vitamin C that reveals powerful antioxidant effect that prevents the premature skin aging as it can fight off the free radicals. It prevents hyper pigmentation manifested by dark or brown spots that appear on the skin and the photo aging caused by UV rays.
On the other hand, the lemon essential oil reveals anti-fungal effects that can help in the treatment of rashes caused by certain bacteria and can as well as soothe the unpleasant itching of the scalp.
- Acne treatment
Diluted lemon juice shows astringent properties due to its citric acid content. Excess sebum is commonly accountable for the occurrence of acne pimples and the lemon juice balances its production and at the same cleanses the skin as a result of its antibacterial properties.
As per a conducted 2009 study, it was revealed that the citric acid which is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) can help in breaking down dead skin cells that are responsible for the occurrence of black dots on the skin.
Lemon Skin Care
Lemon & Salt Mask for Natural Exfoliation
Take one lemon and then cut it halves. Sprinkle the one half with salt and with it gently rub your face and neck for a few minutes. Be careful around the eye area as this is the most sensitive part of the face. Have in mind that the scrub is performed on previously cleaned skin. After that, rinse your face with clear water.
This natural exfoliation will better the appearance of your face and boost the health of your skin.
After you have used the mask you should apply the following mask based on rice flour and honey.
A Moisturizing and Soothing Skin Mask
Combine 1 tablespoon of rice flour and 1 tablespoon of honey in order to create a paste and use it on your skin and leave it to stand for 15 minutes and after that rinse it off.
For optimal effects, use the scrub and then apply the mask in the evening just before going to bed. This is the period of the day when the skin is more receptive to care and it will initiate its regeneration process during nighttime.
The benefits of honey
For best results use raw and unpasteurized honey as this type of honey has in its content more antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
There have not been conducted studies on the direct link between the use of honey on the face and the reduction of dark spots. However, the skin benefits a lot thanks to its use as a result of its exfoliating properties that successfully eliminate dead skin cells responsible for its dullness, and providing a lighter clean skin.
The benefits of salt
Salt reveals antimicrobial properties which are of great help in the treatment of acne. The implementation of sea salt baths can treat the rash caused by red pimples, small cysts and black spots on the neck and shoulders. Salt rich in minerals like the Himalayan salt can help in the treatment of eczema or psoriasis meanwhile lowering the skin redness and irritation.
High application of lemon on the skin is not advised due to possible irritations.
Lemon is photosensitive hence after its application you should stay away from sun exposure. It is always best to use the lemon treatments in the evening.
If you are sensitive to pollen or bee allergies, then you should avoid the use of honey.