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5 Skin Care Uses for Lemons

EWG Rating—Lemon

Ingredient Skin Deep RankingScientific Name: {Citrus Limon}
Common Name: {Lemon}


EWG Rating—Lemongrass

Lemongrass Ewg ReviewScientific Name: {Cymbopogon}
Common Name: {Lemongrass}


Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C. Even if you don't enjoy lemons' sour taste, you can't deny that they are packed with nutrients. Lemongrass, which also bears the same name, has many of the same properties and benefits.

When used as a facial treatment, it can help fight the appearance of different skin issues, ranging from acne to diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Here are some lemon and lemongrass powerful benefits:

Lemon and Lemongrass Deep Clean Pores

It fights the look of acne scars and spots

Though we all might have believed that acne only affects teenagers, we know that it usually follows us into adulthood. And even if we are very good at leaving those spots alone, they can still develop scars. Applying lemon or lemongrass oil reduces these spots' discoloration and can help to fade their appearance.

It is a mild astringent and is packed with antibacterial benefits

That means that applying it to a pimple has dual abilities. Not only will it help dry that pimple up, but it will get rid of the bacteria that is the leading cause of acne in the first place. It is also one of the most popular natural blackhead treatments, clearing and closing up those pores.

It can be used to exfoliate the skin

The citric acid in both ingredients is one of the mildest chemical peels on the market and the safest to use at home. While convention tells us that rubbing a harsh scrub onto the face is the best way to remove dead skin cells, it is also the best way to irritate the skin. Using either lemon or lemongrass oil, a gentle chemical peel will help you slough off dead cells. This will create a complexion that looks smoother, healthier, and brighter.

It can be used as a toner

If you are suffering from acne, you know how difficult it is to keep your face from becoming oily. Lemon and lemongrass oil are natural toners, helping restore the skin's natural moisture balance and close overactive oil glands so that you have fresh, more natural-looking skin.

It brightens dark marks

Whether acne scars or age spots, lemon and lemongrass oil are a great way to lighten those marks naturally. Whether this is an ingredient in your moisturizer or dabbed on, on its own before bed, you will see your spots lighten overnight!

Skincare Recipes with Lemon

Try a lip scrub infused with lemon and sugar for kissable and super soft lips.

Candied Lemon Drop Lip Scrub

  • 1/2 Tbs. Raw Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Brown Sugar
  • 1-2 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • Tin container

Mix the above ingredients in a glass bowl and place it in a tin container. Apply to lips and gently rub in a circular motion to exfoliate. Rinse off.

Lemon-Lime Facial Exfoliator

  • 1/2 c. Raw Sugar (for mature skin) or 1/2 Cup Coarse Salt
  • 1 Tbs. Organic Olive Oil
  • 2 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Lime Essential Oil
  • Glass Jar

Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl. Then, place it in a glass jar and lid. To use as a facial scrub: scoop a small amount with a spoon, apply to the face, and gently rub in an upward circular motion. Rinse.

Age Spot Lightener

  • 2 Tbs. Evening Primrose Oil
  • 7 Drops Carrot Essential Oil
  • 5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops Rose Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Neroli Essential Oil

Add all ingredients to a Pyrex glass bowl with a spout. Pour into an airless bottle and lid. Shake well before each use.

About the Author
Kari Thomas wrote this article.