Many years ago I asked my mother why her sister that is 10 years older than her looks like she is 10 years younger than her. Apparently, for decades my aunt had been putting fresh lemon on her face after a shower.
That was proof enough for me that lemon juice is a great toner and I have done it (off and on) ever since. I shower in the mornings before work so I am usually in a hurry and don’t remember to do all the beauty rituals I have (and will be) written about. However, I have been trying to make a better effort
I have been using it as an astringent for years and you can actually feel it working while it is on your skin. It tingles and stings a little bit especially on acne.
Since it doesn’t take much juice I find buying bottled juice turns brown before I can use it all. Not to mention, who knows what all has been added to it which would also be getting applied to your face.
I keep slices of lemon in the refrigerator and pull one out for each shower. If you apply it straight from the fridge, while it is still pretty cold, it will cause your pores to quickly close and won’t be as effective. I grab a slice and bring it into the bathroom so it can warm up while I am in the shower.
Remember: If you have granite or marble counter-tops make sure the lemon is on a plate because the juice will eat through the polish if it touches it.
After washing my face I rub the lemon slice all over, let it stay on for about two minutes then rinse off and moisturize as normal. Now I have never had any kind of an adverse reaction to the acidic juice so I cannot speak to anything like that.
Other benefits to putting lemon juice on your face:
Lemon juice has natural antibacterial properties that make it a good choice to help cure acne. Using lemon juice on blackheads has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of blackheads. If you leave lemon juice on the acne and blackheads over night, be sure to wash it off in the morning.
Because of the citric acid, the juice acts as a gentle skin peel that removes the top layer of dead skin cells. This can result in a smoother complexion when used regularly.
I found many sites with claims that lemon juice may brighten or lighten skin.
Since lemon juice is an astrigent I think I will use it in my OCM recipe the next time I make a batch….much cheaper than tea tree oil
Please let me know if you have found any other benefits of lemon juice on skin