If you’re like many people, the extent of your beauty experimentation with lemons involves squeezing the juice onto your scalp to lighten your hair in the summertime (natural Sun-In, anyone?).
Believe it or not, that technique isn’t an old wives’ tale: These yellow citrus fruits actually do provide some great natural benefits for your skin, hair and nails.
Take a peek at some of the great ways lemons can be incorporated into your beauty routine.
– Fight acne
While it’s not effective 100% of the time, the use of lemons for beauty include treating milder cases of acne.
Thanks to its antibacterial and astringent action it can control excess sebum and the microorganism growth that help cause this problem.
Simply rub a little lemon juice on the affected areas and leave it on for a few minutes.
Remember! You should only use lemon juice on your skin during the night, and avoid sun exposure during the day. For added protection don’t forget to apply sunscreen the day after your treatment.
– Hyperpigmentation treatment
Lemons are excellent in the lightening process of the skin and thus, they are an amazing tool in the fight against hyperpigmentation signs like dark spots and acne scars. As written in an article by Top 10 Home Remedies, the citric acid in the lemons bleaches the skin.
With a cotton ball, apply some lemon juice onto the affected areas twice per day, leaving the juice for 15 minutes to react and then rinse it off, as seen on Top 10. Repeat the treatment for couple of months until you notice improvement.
– Canker sores treatment
While no one can technically see your canker sores, they’re definitely a drag and prevent you from feeling your best. Becky Sturm of beauty shop StormSister Spatique tells Women’s Health that dabbing any infected areas with a couple drops of lemon essential oil helps them heal faster.
– Brighter nails
As seen on The Stir, soak your fingernails in a bowl of warm water, lemon juice, and some honey if you want to have brighter nails.
– Dandruff treatment
Dandruff’s a real drag, but believe it or not, lemons can help treat this scalp condition. Home Remedies for Life explains that the antifungal properties of lemon juice, as well as its tendency to soothe itchy scalps, makes it a great agent for fighting those icky white flakes. All you need to do is apply the juice directly from a lemon onto your scalp and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing out with cool water.
– Reduces stretch marks
According to The Fit Indian, lemons are a popular method for treating stretch marks because they’re chock full of “alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid which ensures the production of collage.” For best results, Fit Indian recommends rubbing lemons directly on your stretch marks, letting the juice sit for 10 minutes, and then rinsing with warm water.