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Hero Ingredient: Lemon

Hero Ingredient: Lemon

Lemons are brilliant, a refreshing burst in your drinks, a cleansing scent and a little bit can bring freshness to so many dishes. But they're also a popular ingredient in skincare, for reasons about to be explained. 

As one of the superstars in the citrus world, Lemons also play an important part in our beauty routines as they have so many natural benefits. They are a source of calcium, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium; all of which help improve the appearance and condition of our skin, hair, and nails.

Applying lemon directly to your face is not for those with sensitive skin, but normally in skincare, serums will have 5-15% ascorbic acid, 2-15% AHA, and 2-10% niacinamide. So in lemon juice, you only really get a decent amount of citric acid as you'll find you’ll find 0.04% ascorbic acid, 5% citric acid and 0.0001% niacin. But I do not  recommend to rub lemon on your face or keep it overnight. Instead, try the home remedies listed in this blog or products which include lemon. 

Lemons can act as an antioxidant, astringent, stimulant, hydrator, and also help aid in fighting dandruff and a dry, itchy scalp. 

● Lemons provide a dose of the free radical fighting antioxidant vitamin C, which helps keep skin even-toned and helps boost the body’s immune system.Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten  your skin when used over time.That means it can help lighten dark spots, and why it's included in the NEW Cosmydor E/3 cream, which can be used on your face and hands. 

 

● Lemon can be used as a skin astringent as it helps motivate your pores to close and your face to tighten resulting in smoother skin.It might sound too good to be true, but lemons can also help treat your blackheads. This is because they contain citric acid, a natural form of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). After cleansing, rub a slice of lemon over your most blackhead-ridden spots (typically your T-zone) to let the AHAs work their pore-clearing magic.Make sure you either dilute this lemon juice with rose water or rinse off after 10 minutes!

● Lemons have antiseptic qualities which help exfoliate dead cells and aid in fighting dandruff and pesky flakes. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities can also help soothe skin irritations affiliated with dandruff. It's anti-bacterial nature is also used in Pure Purposes natural deodorant, which uses lemon to break down the unpleasant smells. 

As well as it being a useful skincare ingredient, it's also good for your insides. Try these easy home remedies to help re balance your PH levels

● Lemons are a natural stimulant to the liver and adding lemon juice to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier. Not only will this help detoxify your liver, it will help replenish your body’s mineral supply and quench your thirst.

● The juice of a lemon is a natural alkalizing agent, and helps to maintain a steady pH balance in the body.

 

Watch out however...

  • Always do a patch test by applying lemon on a small part of the facial skin that is more sensitive or breaking out.
  • Always dilute lemon juice with plain or rose water., if your skin is sensitive.
  • Never expose the skin to the bright sun after applying lemon on it.
  • Always use fresh lemon juice because the concentration of vitamin C in lemon reduces with time.