Lemons occupy an important place in most households. From baked goodies to soups and salads, these humble fruits are often used to add an extra zing and flavor. Besides their culinary uses lemons, happen to be the least expensive and easily available fruit. These come in handy to keep you looking beautiful. With high alkaline compounds, these are a woman’s best friend as they make excellent natural alternatives for most expensive cleansers, toners and bleaching agents available commercially.
Furthermore, their extracts make one of the most effective solutions to treat acne prone skin naturally. This article let us probe as to the whys and how of lemon juices effectiveness in treating acne marks.
Skin-Friendly Properties of Lime
It is a well-known fact that Lemons are storehouses of vitamin C, imparting positive benefits for the skin. They contain other skin friendly active components in the form of AHA (alpha hydroxy acids), quercetin, hesperidin, naringenin and limonene. Apart from these, they are also good sources of magnesium, calcium and potassium offering anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, astringent and antioxidant benefits thus promoting smooth clear skin.
Most Scientists claim that the primary reason for citrus extracts safeguarding the skin from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun
According to scientists citrus extracts contains hesperetin, a flavonoid that helps safeguard skin from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun protecting the skin from build-up of melanin pigmentation.
Italian researchers established the fact that lemon essential oil offered anti-inflammatory effects. This helped effective penetration of vitamins A, B6, C and E, which enabled better healing.
The Chinese confirmed that citrus extract proved beneficial for eliminating red scar, alleviating excessive cell growth, thus inhibiting build-up of collagen
Lemon Juice Recipes for Acne
For ages, lemons have remained one of the most effective natural treatments for acne relief fading acne scars. Here are a few recipes using lemon juice to alleviate this condition.
1) Fresh Lemon Juice
Extract juice of half a lime and dab on the affected areas using a cotton wad. Leave for about five minutes until the skin absorbs the juice and wash with lukewarm water.
For those with an extremely sensitive skin, this recipe might cause adverse reactions. Hence, mix the juice with water and let it sit on the skin for twenty to thirty minutes. Then rinse with water.
2) Lemon Juice and Honey
Mix a few drops of lemon juice to a teaspoonful of honey. Apply on the acne-affected areas of the skin and wash after fifteen to twenty minutes.
3) Lemon Juice with Rose Water
Combine few drops each of lemon juice and rose water. Dab this mixture on the face and leave it overnight. Cleanse the skin the following morning and dab some moisturiser for effective results
4) Lemon Juice with Egg White
Blend few drops of lemon juice and egg white. Beat the mixture well and apply on the face. Leave the egg lemon mix overnight and cleanse the following morning.
5) Lemon Juice, Manuka Honey and Aloe Vera
Include fresh aloe Vera gel to few drops each of manuka honey (preferably) and lime to prepare a mask. Dab it on the scars and wash after ten to fifteen. Following this procedure twice or thrice a week proves beneficial.
6) Lemon Juice with Cucumber Juice
Blend a few drops each of fresh lemon and cucumber juice with water or rosewater. Apply this mix on the scars and allow to dry. Wash with water
7) Lemon Juice with Almond Oil
Take a teaspoon each of lemon juice, almond oil and honey. Blend to a fine mixture by adding two teaspoonful of raw unboiled milk. Smear this mixture on the marks and wash when dry. Repeat this process continuously for a couple of week to attain smooth glowing skin.
8) Lemon Juice with Basil
Extract juice from half a lemon and mix with a teaspoon each of honey and juice of basil leaves. As an optional method instead of basil leaves the extracts of mint leaves too, work effectively well. Apply this on the affected areas and cleanse when dry. This process besides erasing the acne marks protects from further breakouts and other blemishes.
9) Lemon Juice and Sandalwood Powder
Take a teaspoon of sandalwood powder, half teaspoon of turmeric powder and combine well with a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this pack on the acne marks and leave it for twenty minutes. Wash with cold water to remove the pack.
10) Lemon Juice with Baking Soda
Mix a couple of spoons of baking soda with a teaspoon of limejuice to make a paste. Wait until the fizz goes off and when the colour turns to a pale yellow. Apply the paste on the acne marks and rinse after ten minutes. Finally dab some moisturiser for better results. Following this procedure regularly for a few days really goes a long way in clearing the unsightly marks on the skin.
11) Lemon Juice and Sugar
Combine a teaspoon each of honey and olive oil with juice of half a lemon. Blend and add half a cup of sugar. Apply this mixture on well-cleansed face and gently scrub in circular movements for a few minutes. Then allow to rest for ten minutes. Wash the face with cold water and follow it up with a gentle moisturiser. Repeat this process twice a week until the scars fade completely.
12) Lemon Juice Milk and Yeast
Combine a tablespoon of lemon juice to yeast mixed with milk and let it brew for a few minutes. Once it fizzles, spread this paste on the acne marks and gently massage in circular movements leaving it on for ten minutes followed by a thorough facial cleanse.