Lemon juice is truly a skincare miracle, and by far one of my favorite natural skincare products. I’ve adopted lemon juice as part of my nightly routine, and am amazed at what a difference it is making.
Lemons, of all citrus fruit, contain the highest amount of citric acid, between 5-6%, giving them their sour taste. Citric acid is in the family of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are in several skincare products and used for chemical peels in dermatologist’s offices and beauty spas. Other naturally-existing and gentle AHAs include glycolic acid (found in sugar cane), lactic acid (found in sour milk), tartaric acid (found in grape wine), and malic acid (found in apples). Alpha-hydroxy chemical peels have a high concentration of AHAs, which is why they must be done by a professional, since they can cause severe burns to the skin but AHAs in low concentration can be very safely used at home, which is why the skincare industry has hundreds, if not thousands of products for home use containing AHAs.
AHAs exfoliate dead skin cells by chemically breaking the bonds between the cells. As one ages, dead skin cells do not slough off as quickly as they used to, so skin loses its lively youthful appearance. Additionally, acne-prone skin is thought to be caused by an overabundance of dead skin cells that, mixed with oil, get stuck inside the hair follicle. When dead skin cells are removed, the newer skin cells create a youthful, glowing, clear-skinned appearance.
The AHA content in a lemon is only one of its many benefits. Lemon juice is also an astringent, which means it reduces oil and shrinks pores. Lemon juice also is a naturally lightening agent, so it works wonders to lighten age spots and acne scarring, not to mention its Vitamin C content.
To use lemon juice on your face: squeeze 1/4 of a lemon into a bowl, then using a cotton ball or pad, apply to cleansed face and neck. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Lemon juice can sting any open cuts (if you’ve ever accidentally gotten it in a cut on your finger, you know this!) so avoid application to broken skin. After you have rinsed it off, moisturize well.
Depending on your skin, you may want to use this only a couple times a week up to every night. Be sure to rinse it off, and always wear sunscreen, as your face can become more sensitive to sunlight using this lemon treatment.
Give this a shot and comment how it works for you!
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Whos reading it: Those who are discovering their allergies are directly caused by harsh chemicals that lurk in most mainstream cleaning and beauty products. It’s also a favorite of parents who want to give their littlies the most pure start to life, and of those who understand that what goes onto the skin gets absorbed into the body.
What youll learn: How to mix baking soda in varying amounts to use as a shampoo, facial scrub and foot scrub; why olive oil is a superb make-up remover and moisturizer; how lemon will get you salon-perfect streaks and why salt is great for scrubbing away dead skin on elbows and knees.
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