Lemon for Skin: 9 Reasons to Use It
Using lemon in your skin care routine is a fantastic way to naturally reap the benefits affordably and effectively.
Let's first clarify once and for all, that lemon is good for your skin, as it's thoroughly outlined in this 2020 medical study. Since lemons and lemon derived ingredients can increase photosensitivity, it's best to use it in the evening, or when you know you'll be avoiding the outdoors, or when you intend to add a layer of sunscreen. With that being said, let's move on to our love of lemon.
History of Our Love for Lemon
The lemon was first introduced in Italy around 200 AD, and spread to Iraq and Egypt around 700 AD. Lemon was then widely distributed around the Mediterranean, and then introduced to China and America.
The medicinal virtue of lemons, specifically the citron, is clearly evidenced by its Latin name – Citrus medica. Traditionally in cosmetics, lemons have been used as a source of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) citric acid.
Typically lemon juice contains between 5 and 8 percent citric acid. The most obvious medicinal use of lemon was as a source of Vitamin C to prevent scurvy. Owing to its high level of Vitamin C, fresh lemon juice has been recommended in some herbal circles as a treatment of many skin care issues and problems.
Given its relatively high acid content, coupled with antioxidant activity, it is obvious why lemon juice has been promoted as a natural skin lightener.
As early as 1986 researchers began demonstrating some interesting properties from the peel of the lemon. Studies showed that the hesperidin and naringin are principally responsible for the significant antioxidant properties of citrus peel.
In 2000, the University of Arizona published a study where they were able to correlate consumption of citrus peel with a reduction in squamous cell carinoma. Coincidentally, Arizona is one of the predominant producers of lemon in the US.
The smell of lemon often promotes thoughts of freshness, cleanliness and good health. I personally love to add it to my drinks, food and room scent, which can immediately bring about an uplifting change to anyone’s mood.
Research shows that lemon oil is a very effective aromatherapy option and helps to boost energy levels, which can cause individuals to feel more mentally alert and fight depression.
9 Ways Lemon Can Help Our Skin and Body
1: Lemon can naturally and gradually remove blackheads. Citric acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), can help break down dead skin cells that lead to noninflammatory forms of acne like blackheads.
2: Lemons have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make them a natural alternative to treat acne. Lemon juice has astringent qualities due to its acidic level. Ingredients with a high pH level like lemons can help decrease inflammation and oil that may contribute to the formation of acne. Simply slice open a lemon and rub it across your face. Or you can add a few drops of honey to a lemon half before applying it directly to the area where you have blackheads. Wait five to 10 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
3: Lemons can lighten dark spots and sun damage. Topically applying lemon juice will help promote skin lightening caused by sun damage and the effects of aging.
4: Lemons also have antimicrobial effects, which may help tame bacteria that lead to inflammation. Because lemon also has antifungal effects, it can help treat candida rashes as well as scalp fungus that sometimes occurs with seborrheic dermatitis.
5: Lemons can fade and reduce scarring discoloration, which can be embarrassing and a pain to get rid of. Lemon juice's citric acid gradually fades spots and evens your skin tone. Be cautious of open wounds or cuts on the face, as it can sting.
6: They can help balance oily skin. Wipe skin with a cotton ball soaked in lemon juice and you’ll notice instant improvement. Try doing this before bed and washing your face the next morning to prevent oily skin.
7: Lemons can naturally exfoliate skin. Lemon juice can remove any dead skin cells so that your skin is smoother. It’s an excellent and super easy mask to try at home.
8: Lemons can help alleviate psoriasis. Since lemon juice can get rid of dead skin cells, the theory is that it might also alleviate skin patches attributed to psoriasis and dandruff. The sloughing-off effects are attributed to lemon's natural levels of citric acid, as AHAs have exfoliating effects on the skin.
9: Lemons can increase collagen production. Some proponents of using lemon on the skin say that the citrus fruit is a natural method of increasing collagen in your face. Collagen itself is a protein that naturally breaks down with age, which can then result in fine lines and wrinkles. Because vitamin C in an antioxidant, it can help prevent free radicals that can damage collagen, thus leaving you with smoother skin with increased collagen production.
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Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Alpha Arbutin, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Azadirachta Indica (Organic Neem) Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Carnosine, Centella Asiatica, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Elderberry Extract, Gigawhite (Malva Sylvestris / Mallow Extract, Mentha Piperita / Peppermint Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract Ecocert / Naturally Derived), Ginger Extract, Kojic Acid, Glycerin (Vegan), Green Tea Extract Lemon Essential Oil, Lemon Peel Bioferment, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Licorice Root Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Montmorillonite (Green Clay) Extract, Niacinamide, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Organic Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Organic White Willow) Bark Extract, Sea Kelp Bioferment, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vaccinium Corymbosum (Organic Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum
We absolutely love using lemon for skin care, and there are many ways you can incorporate it to meet your needs. It has a natural gift of helping with some common skin care issues (that we've mentioned above), and we're quite sure you'll love it too.
Reference / Resources
https://www.healthline.com/health/lemon-for-face#benefits, https://draxe.com/essential-oils/lemon-essential-oil-uses-benefits/, https://www.healthline.com/health/lemon-for-face, https://vitagene.com/blog/lemon-for-acne/, https://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/a19934865/uses-for-lemons/, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7020168/
DISCLAIMER: Keep in mind that using lemon and citrus ingredients can potentially increase photosensitivity so be sure to wear a sunscreen every day when these ingredients are used.