Lemon is an amazing fruit. It is good for you on the inside and out. I had no idea that lemon could do so many great things to make my skin look and feel better. Check out these 8 ways lemon is truly a miracle fruit.
Fade age spots – Just apply straight lemon to the areas before bed and wash off in the morning with cool water. After a week or two, the lemon will have cleansed the skin and lighten the color. If you want an all over body treatment, just add 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice to your bath and soak for 20 minutes.
For brighter, softer skin use fresh lemon juice on any area of your body, including the knees, elbows, and face to brighten up and soften your skin.
Get Rid of Blackheads If you rub lemon juice on the area with your blackheads, it should make them disappear. Do this every night and rinse with cool water in the morning until blackheads are gone.
Make a moisturizing mask for dry skin by mixing equal amounts of honey, lemon and olive oil. Apply the mixture to dry areas on the skin and allow it to dry thoroughly for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
As a toner for oily skin, combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons vodka, 1 tablespoon distilled water, and 1 teaspoon witch hazel. Apply with cotton balls and rinse with cool water. If you store in the refrigerator, it should last up to a week.
To exfoliate dead skin cells rub a cut lemon dipped into a half-teaspoon of sugar over your face for a few minutes, or create a mild mixture by using lemon juice, sugar and a small amount of water. Do this once a week to help remove dead skin cells and refresh your skin.
To make a lemon anti-wrinkle mask mix a teaspoon of honey, a few drops of lemon juice and a drop of sweet almond oil. Apply this mixture on the face and allow it to dry for 20 minutes and wash off.
If your skin is sensitive to the citric acid in lemons, you can dilute the juice with some water. Using a cotton ball to apply is the best way. Try not to use lemon juice on your skin before any sun exposure since it will make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Calamity Kate says
I love lemons and use them in cooking and baking all the time. I have never used lemon on my skin, what a great natural treatment. I am going to go take a lemon bath today. Thanks for sharing, Kate
In addition to baking with lemons, using on your skin in various ways and drinking lemon water, lemon juice makes a great hair rinse. .
Nice tips. Thanks :)
Great! Am totally going to try to get rid of my age spots for free!
It will help fade the age spots. I don’t think it will make them disappear.
Lemons have worked better than any cream for fading age spots and after a week of use your skin takes on a better appearance.
Can’t wait to try it
Mmmmmm lemon and vodka
For my breakots I like to soak one cotton ball or pad with one lemon’s juice. Then I put some sugar onto the cotton and scrub this on my face. IT works great and smells like lemonade :)
My Thirty Spot says
Thanks Anonymous! What a great tip! Love a good scrub. Thanks for commenting!
Love, love, love lemons!! One of the most beautiful, clean, happy scents in the world.
Thanks for this great post. I’m adding extra lemons to my shopping list this week to try out some of your tips.
Just one small point; depending on your skin type you might not want to exfoliate every night. Over exfoliation can actually damage skin and even age skin prematurely. I think the general rule is no more than once a week but I could be wrong.
My Thirty Spot says
Thanks for commenting and your kind words. I agree with you about not exfoliating every night. Besides, who has time to do that scrub every night? I am going to update because I have learned over the year since writing this, that yes, you do not, and should not exfoliate every night.
Helen Vong says
Great post! I started buying lemons regularly last year and putting them in my water. Never thought of using them for blackheads. Will try that tonight. Loving your blog!
Lemon water is great to drink in the morning – heat up 2 cups of water, squeeze juice from half of a lemon into the water, and enjoy! It really wakes you up and is good for digestion and your kidneys (detox!). After I get the juice out, I simply rub the lemon over my face and let it sit for 10 minutes while I do little things around the house. I’ve noticed fewer breakouts and brighter, glowing skin.
Nice tips, if anyone is interested in learning about why & how lemon juice can help with acne, checkout this other great article at http://acne-pimples.net/ called “Lemon Juice for Acne: A Natural Treatment”
Goes into a little more depth about what’s inside lemons that makes it such a great natural treatment, enjoy!
Dima Al Mahsiri says
I love lemon effect on skin, I have been using it in my green tea mask, and it works well for me, control my oily skin, and lightens my skin :)
Beautiful natural way to brighten, lighten and have a fresh tone overall
Can’t wait to try it. Thank you
I love lemons! They are also great for detoxifying the body from the inside which help the skin glow on the outside :)
Nature provides us with lots of things to keep us healthy lemons are great on skin & with hot water as a morning drink !
Witch hazel is a toner in itself. Dont think putting alcohol(vodka) on your skin is such a bright idea. Love the rest of the uses though.
Aaron Martinez says
I too am an avid lover of the natural remedies of lemon!
This little fruit has done wonders for my skin!
I enjoy the breakdown of your article and look forward to more posts about skin remedies.
Check out my article about the effects of lemon for your skin on my blog:
Very helpful tips…love it!
It really works wow!all these expensive stuff I use that are not even worth buying when you can use something natural an cheap.awesome!!!
Thank you so much, I’ve been having challenges with my skin. But thank you for tips, will definitely try this…
I have been using lemon on my face every morning and I have noticed that it gives my skin a lovely glow it has also lightened my skin (I have pigmentation). I also drink cups of warm water with lemon squeezed into it at least two to three times a day. It really does work, It has also lowered my stress levels.
Hi. Do you wash off the lemon in the morning or leave it on? I read someone saying lemon is a “photosynthetic in nature” and might darken the skin if left on in the sun but I’m not quite sure if that means if it’s still wet or if it has already dried into the skin or if that’s even true. So you really used it in the morning and it still lightened your skin/spots?
You wash it off after ten to twenty minutes.
I can’t wait t gv a try cus my skin are rlly spotishhhhhh
Nice tips I will surely going to try it…..
Going to try this,,, Thanks for the tip..
Be aware that prolonged use will also fade freckles. FYI to those who, like me, wish to keep their freckles.
Yes true that! I’ve been using this lemon, but i mix with honey for my mask it is really good and i love it! My blackheads and whitehead are gone
I am going to get a big bottle of pure lemon juice and have a glass of lemon water every day and I am going to try the age spot treatment and blackhead removal as well. I never knew lemon was so amazing! Thanks for the great tips! I am always on the lookout for natural beauty remedies!
I drink a glass of lemon water every morning but with cold water, would this make any difference to using hot water!!
@sparkleylemon please do make sure you wash the lemon off your skin before going out in the morning else you will have issues with your skin. Lemon juice is to be rubbed at night and let it sit on your skin for about 15- 20 min or all through the night. please do not take it under the sun. with love.
Dr. Oz says that vitamin C applied topically is way more beneficial to the skin that taking it orally. All that good vitamin c going on my skin from a lemon!
how tow use lemon night time?
Will this work with Meyer lemons?
Erin Kennedy says
Wulandari Kekung says
I’ve been using DermalMD Skin Lighting Serum for a little over a week, only one time a day rather than two and my skin is glowing! The hyperpigmentation seems to be lightening but my skin is literally glowing. I am confident enough after trying this to buy the whole line!
mava khan says
i love lemons and use them mostly . Thanks for such nice tips
It awesome! after face have been wash with lemon can i apply bleaching cream on face?
Erin Kennedy says
I wouldn’t. Lemon is already a natural bleaching ingredient.
Lemon is such a wonderful exfoliator but please please please!!!! DON’T leave it on all night or use it every night! Especially don’t soak in it!
Lemon exfoliates because it has alot of acid in it, if you leave it on your skin or use it too often it will burn you or cause white heads and irritation!
I suggest using it twice a week, to get that pile of dead skin off.
Rub it on how ever you please, rinse after a few minutes, and apply a lotion. Your skin will thank you for it.
Lemon juice on the skin will not cause whiteheads. It can Dry out your skin tho.
PRAVAT KUMAR BASTIA says
I am using hot lemon water bathe. But I want more to learn. Please help me.
I use lemon juice on my skin at night but in the morning sun light exposures on my face directly while I’m sleeping. Will it cause some bad effect on my skin cause I’ve heard that lemon juice on skin cause sun burn in the light of sun.
Tolulope Ajayi says
I love lemons and sure gonna try some of your tips out .