As promised, every month I’ll be testing a different DIY Beauty ingredient and reporting the results. Lemon juice was the ingredient for July.
Using lemon juice for skin care isn’t exactly groundbreaking, which is kind of the point. I bet you could name at least three beauty tips involving lemon juice. How many have you actually tried? How often do you use lemon juice instead of _________?
The point of DIY beauty isn’t just knowing about natural ingredients, you have to use them too! Lemons are abundant, cheap, and like all the best beauty ingredients, they’re good for you on the inside. Lemon juice is well known for being cleansing to the liver. Our liver is responsible for creating the bile which aids digestion, for breaking down fat and proteins, and for cleansing the body by processing the toxins we ingest. If your liver isn’t working efficiently, waste can build up internally which can cause other health problems. When we help the liver, we help our body look and feel better.
How I Used Lemon Juice
I decided to add lemon juice to my routine by doing the following:
- Water with lemon every morning and evening.
- Use a bit of that same water with lemon as a toner.
- Use lemon juice to lighten a dark spot on my thigh, and a couple of dark spots on my face.
I didn’t do all three things every day but I managed to get them all in for 20 days of the month.
Drinking Water with Lemon
Water with lemon is the easiest thing you can do to assist with internal cleansing. If you need to make healthy changes but are having a hard time, start with water and lemon. I drink the juice of 1/2 lemon in a large glass of water with lemon fairly regularly. I can’t say I noticed any big changes as a result of doing it this month. My skin looks more clear but that might be from the next step . . .
Using Lemon Juice as a Toner
Wow! Amazing results in this department. My skin tends to be dry but congested so I need something that takes away just the right amount of oil. The lemon in water solution is perfect. Not only did it leave my skin feeling super clean, but my pores were noticeably smaller after the first use. Best of all, it wasn’t drying. Juice of 1/2 lemon in 16oz. water yielded the best result for me, you should adjust based on your own skin issues. This experiment also served as a reminder that when our skin changes we need to change ‘products’. I was still using aloe vera gel as a nightly toner/cleanser because of my dry skin, but I needed something with more astringency. I am thrilled with the results. Big thumbs up to using water with lemon juice as a toner or cleanser.
Using Lemon Juice to Lighten Dark Spots
I have what appears to be a mole on my right thigh. It’s a small, flat, very dark spot where the skin has thickened a bit. I decided to use the lemon juice here because the results would be the easiest to see. The method was pure lemon juice applied to dark spots using a Q-tip. For the first 15 days I only dabbed the juice onto the area. It didn’t occur to me to massage it into the skin (duh). Once I started to massage the lemon juice into my mole, the lightening progressed more quickly. The mole has gone from black brown to just brown with some fading at the edges. There was also noticeable lightening of some dark spots on my face but strangely one of them was unaffected. I did take before and after pics of the mole but they weren’t detailed enough to capture the subtle differences in something so small.
The Wrap Up
I’m not blond so unfortunately I didn’t try creating my own highlights. I didn’t have any blackheads pop up this month, so I couldn’t test the theory that lemon juice dissolves blackheads. Based on the results of my other experiments I would definitely recommend trying lemon juice for both if you’re so inclined. Give lemon juice a try anytime you need to cleanse, clear, or lighten.
Does lemon juice shrink pores, clean skin, and tone skin? Yes.
Does lemon juice lighten dark spots? Yes.
Should water with lemon be part of your health and beauty routine? Yes.
What are your favorite ways to use lemons and lemon juice?