Lemon is popularly used in a number of skincare products. From anti-acne creams to anti-aging lotions, this citrus fruit can prevent a host of skin issues.
Rich in Vitamin C, lemon can help reduce signs of aging, hyperpigmentation and scarring (4). Lemon is also a natural bleaching agent. It helps reduce sun damage and tan. Addressing a host of skin issues, this ingredient should be made a mandatory part of your skincare regimen.
How To Use
A. In Your Diet
- Lemon juice water with a teaspoon of honey added to it should be the first thing you drink in the morning.
- You can add lemon juice to your salad and even your curries while you consume them.
B. For Tan
Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to a teaspoon of sugar and mix the two. Rub it onto the affected areas and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
Make sure you do not scrub your skin too hard to prevent it from getting dry.
C. For Puffy Eyes And Dark Circles
Mix one teaspoon of lemon with one teaspoon of milk. Gently apply to your undereyes. Make sure you do not allow the ingredients to enter your eyes to prevent burning. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off with cold water.
D. For Pigmentation Spots
If you have oily skin, applying lemon juice alone to your affected areas is recommended. However, if your skin is dry, mix a few drops of lemon juice with some coconut oil.
E. For Acne Scars
Mix lemon juice with rose water and dab it gently on your skin using a cotton ball. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
The name itself sounds so refreshing. Watermelon is rich in fibres and of course, water. It contains 92 percent water, which means hydrated, soft and supple skin. This red ball of refreshment, quite literally, contains Vitamin C, A, B1, B6 and Lycopene that are essential in improving overall skin health and texture.
Vitamin C helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A and B contributes to maintaining an even skin texture. Lycopene acts as a free radical scavenger, preventing tissue damage in your skin (5).
Free radicals are responsible for increased skin inflammation that promotes a number of skin issues. The best part – watermelons contain no fat and are cholesterol-free (6).
How To Use
A. In Your Diet
- Have watermelon juice in the morning or instead of your evening snack.
- Add freshly cut watermelon to your salads and smoothies.
B. For Oily Skin
Mix 3 tablespoons of watermelon juice, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of fuller’s earth. You could even add a teaspoon of rose water if you wish. Apply the mixture to your skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes (till it dries) and rinse off with cold water.
C. For Dry Skin
Mix 3 tablespoons of watermelon juice with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and aloe vera gel each. Apply it to your skin and rinse off after 10-15 minutes.
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