The lemon, citrus fruit is a species of a small evergreen tree, grown for its edible fruit which is used in a variety of recipes. It is an excellent powerhouse of Vitamin C. The fruit is an ellipsoid berry surrounded by a green rind, which ripens to yellow colour, thus protecting the soft yellow segmented pulp.
Lemon is also known as Citrus lemon and used parts are fruits, skin (peel) and oil.
Skin benefits of lemon :
1. Skin brightener
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and a great natural bleaching agent which protects against radical damage and boosts collagen production and citric acid in lemon helps brighten and lighten your skin tone when used over time. The goodness of Vitamin C helps lighten dark spots and lightens your elbows and knees if they appear dark.
2. Blackheads Treatment
After cleansing, rub a slice of lemon dipped in honey over the blackhead area. As lemons contain alpha hydroxy acid, it helps treating your blackheads.
Alpha hydroxy acid content in lemon juice works as an excellent exfoliator to loosen up dead skin cells while the sugar will work as a physical exfoliator for sloughing them off. Mix lemon juice with some brown sugar to create your own natural homemade scrub. Don’t apply on the chapped or infected skin.
4. Glowing and flawless skin
As lemon is adjustable for both uses, internally and externally, it gives us mind blowing benefits. Lemons fights against acne, lightens dark spots, reduces excess oil on the skin, gives your skin a firmer and plump look.
Moreover, drinking lemon water gives us a glowing, radiant and flawless skin.
5. Decreases tan & lightens dark spots
The brightening and lightening properties of lemon works like magic on a tanned skin and reduces dark spots caused by the sun. It leaves your skin, even toned and bright.
For preparing the mask, mix,
2 tbsp of yogurt
1 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of lemon juice
Apply it on your face and leave it for 15 minutes.
Repeat this process daily. Within one week, you will definitely start noticing some changes in your skin.
6. Fights excess oil and acne
If you are worried about your oil and acne prone skin, lemon is the remedy you need. Lemon, being antibacterial and astringent, reduces excess oil on the skin and also helps kill bacteria and remove dead skin cells. Lemons contain L-ascorbic acid which has drying and antiseptic qualities which fights against acne. Addition to that, Vitamin C also promotes skin tissue growth which helps in fading acne scars.
7. Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
The recipe towards getting younger looking skin lies in our very own kitchen! Decreased collagen results in the development of the wrinkles and fine lines, therefore consuming and using lemons internally and externally gives results leading to boosting collagen, thus gives us more firmer skin than before.
It helps repairing the damaged skin cells and as well as rejuvenates skin which makes it an excellent anti-ageing ingredient.