When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And by the way, don’t throw away the peel. One of the best things about lemons is that each and every part (pulp, juice, and peel) have been shown to improve our health. This is because they are jam-packed with vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. While it clearly makes sense that it is good to eat, few are aware of its many ‘topical’ uses. Applying lemon juice to our skin has a number of surprising benefits.
Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know about using lemons for beauty:
1. Scars and age spots. The citric acid contained in lemons can fade spots and even our skin tone. Consider applying at night and washing in the morning. But avoid if you have an open wounds or cut on the face; it can cause a very unpleasant sting.
2. Acne. The antioxidant L-ascorbic acid in lemons is the active ingredient in other acne products! Consider leaving lemon juice on overnight and washing away in the morning.
3. Exfoliation. Lemon juice is an economical skin peel. The citric acid helps remove the top layer of dead skin leaving behind a smoother complexion.
4. Cleanser. Tired of buying over the counter soap products that contain items we cannot pronounce? Consider a do-it-yourself cleanser made from lemon juice, yogurt, and a flavorful essential oil. It can be used not only to remove grime, but can also serve as a moisturizer.
5. Fight wrinkles. Wanna get rid of those wrinkles, but not quite ready to enter into the Botox realm? Consider adding a few drops of lemon juice and a drop of almond oil to a teaspoon of honey and mix well. Put this mixture on your face for 15-20 minutes then rinse off with cool water. Use this over several days to remove the fine wrinkles around your eyes.
6. Teeth whitening. Combine baking soda and lemon juice and mix. Use a Q-tip to apply to our teeth for a minute and rinse with water and then brush your teeth.
7. Lip exfoliant. Similar to how it can remove the dead skin on our face, lemon juice can do the same favor for our lips, making them super smooth and ready for kissing.
Some Tips and Warnings about lemons:
1. Wash thoroughly. The protective lemon peel may contain pesticides, or a waxy coat to prevent damage when being shipped long distances. Make sure to properly wash. Whenever possible, choose organic lemons.
2. Stinging sensation. The citric acid is…an acid. And acid can cause an unpleasant sting. To decrease this from happening, dilute the lemon juice with water.
3. Dry skin. Make sure to use a good moisturizer if your skin starts becoming dry and flaky.
4. Don’t mix products. If using other skin medications or solutions, lemon juice can interfere with its efficacy.
5. Sun damage. Lemon juice can make the skin more prone to sun damage. Make sure to wear sun protection with an SPF of at least 30.
When life gives you lemons, squeeze it to make some lemonade and hold on to the peels. Not only are lemons edible, but they are topical. This will leave everybody wondering how you feel and look so good.
Notice: This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither Dr. Nina Radcliff or Kimberly Cecchini take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.
Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should be aware that many of these techniques have not been evaluated in scientific studies. Use of these remedies in connection with over the counter or prescription medications can cause severe adverse reactions. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness.