7 Ways the Humble Lemon Can Improve Your Life
By Eric Barnett
The lemon is one of the smallest citrus fruits; for example, it is dwarfed by the size of the grapefruit. In spite of this, its powers are immense, and its taste is refreshingly zesty. While making lemons a bigger part of your life will not help you make millions of dollars or secure a hot date, this fruit can still improve your health and boost your quality of life in a wide range of significant ways.
Here are seven of the most exciting benefits that you will enjoy if you make sure that lemons are a staple in your home.
1. Lemon juice can clear up your skin
As strange as it sounds, lemons can help to cure acne. Specifically, if you carefully apply just a few drops of lemon juice to your skin, this can help to make unwanted blemishes heal and disappear. It is suspected that this benefit comes from the lemon’s natural antibacterial properties.
For example, it may reduce skin discoloration caused by acne scars or injuries, lighten skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles, and even mix with sugar to create an exfoliating paste that improves the skin’s luminosity by removing dead skin cells.
Some skincare experts suggest applying the juice at a full strength and then leaving it to dry. However, if you know that you have sensitive or easily irritated skin then you are better off diluting the juice in water and applying it in the same way that you would apply a skin toner.
If you are using additional topical treatments to fight acne, make sure you discuss lemon juice with your doctor before adding it to your routine (as lemon juice has the potential to reduce the effectiveness of other skin treatments).