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Natural beauty is highly sought after these days. People want their skin to look young and healthy without harmful chemicals or breaking the bank! Common household ingredients such as honey and lemon are once again being used on the skin, as they have in years past. Right now, you may be wondering to yourself, ‘what is the benefit of using honey and lemon on the skin’?
What are the benefits of honey and lemon for your skin? Honey is a natural humectant that attracts and maintains moisture in the skin. It keeps it looking supple and hydrated. Lemon is rich in vitamin C. It nourishes the skin and acts like an astringent, keeping the surface blemish-free while fighting the signs of aging, which include dark spots, fine line, and wrinkles.
Now that you know the benefits of using honey and lemon on the skin, let’s explore this concept in more detail below. We will look at why these items are good for the skin as well as the best ways to use and apply them. So, if you’re ready to learn more about the health and beauty benefits of honey and lemon, then let’s get started!
Are Honey and Lemon Good for the Skin?
We all know that honey and lemon are good for the body but did you know that they are good for the skin as well? Honey and lemon nourish the skin when applied topically, the same way they nourish the body when taken internally. Honey acts as a natural antibiotic, fighting bacteria and other infections. Lemon is a natural body cleanser which helps flush-out unwanted toxins.
Both honey and lemon are rich in essential nutrients and vitamins. Honey contains calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and vitamin B-6. Lemon is rich in vitamin B and C and contains calcium, iron, and magnesium as well. When consumed or applied, they have the ability to improve and sustain overall health and wellness.
Try drinking a cup of hot water with lemon and honey each morning. It is a great way to rid the body of waste and jump-start your metabolism. It also purifies the blood which keeps the skin clear, healthy and glowing.
Can I Use Honey and Lemon on My Face Every Day?
While both honey and lemon are naturally safe for everyday consumption, it is not recommended to apply them topically on a daily basis. Lemon is highly acidic and can dry out or even irritate the skin if used too frequently. Instead, apply them to the skin every other day.
Is it Safe to Leave Honey on My Face Overnight?
Honey is a very effective and natural way to treat acneic skin. It is okay to leave it on your face overnight as long as you put it on the affected areas only. It should be washed off first thing in the morning, allowing the skin to ‘breathe’ before applying moisturizer and/or make-up.
Does Lemon Juice Lighten Skin?
Lemon juice has long been used as a natural skin lightener. However, caution should be taken as a severe chemical reaction can take place if you expose your skin to sunlight after applying lemon juice. This painful condition is known as phytophotodermatitis. It’s not a good idea to apply lemon juice directly to your skin without diluting it with something like water or honey.
There is an article that was published on why and how of applying lemon to your skin here.
If you are careful, you will find lemon juice to be a safe, easy and cost-effective way to lighten your skin. Be sure not to leave it on the skin any longer than 30 minutes at a time. Do not use it more than every other day and do not expose lemon-treated skin to ultraviolet light. Also, do not use it on delicate skin areas such as eyelids. There are 5 ways to use lemon juice to lighten skin. These include the following:
Take a spray bottle and put lemon juice in it. Add some water to the bottle. Spray the lemon/water mixture directly onto the skin. Be sure to avoid cuts or sores.
Grate some lemon rind into a bowl. Rub the rind over your skin.
Apply a lemon mask to the skin. See below for step-by-step instructions.
Cut a slice of lemon. Run the slice under warm water for a few seconds. Squeeze the lemon/water onto a cotton ball and apply it the skin. Rinse off after ten or fifteen minutes.
Honey contains small amounts of hydrogen peroxide which also helps lighten skin. This is great for reducing the appearance of acne scars. When combined with lemon, the skin lightening properties are heightened making the combination an unbeatable force against skin darkening and discoloration.
Can Honey Treat Acne?
Contrary to popular belief, honey does not clog pores and is great for treating acne. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and antioxidant benefits that heal, treat and prevent breakouts. Applying raw, unfiltered honey to blemish-prone skin reduces redness and swelling as well as kills acne-causing bacteria. It also helps reduce the appearance of acne scars and other post-acne marks.
To treat breakouts, simply dab a little raw honey directly onto pimples. If breakouts are more persistent, then apply a honey-lemon mask to the skin (see below). Blending 1 tsp honey with 1 tsp coconut oil and then gently massaging it into the skin will help with hyperpigmentation or discoloration, a common side effect of acne.
Which Honey Is Best for the Face?
Honey is a great way to naturally cleanse the skin. It is very affordable compared to most store-bought brands and it gently (yet effectively) removes dirt, oil, and dead skin cells without stripping essential oils. Best of all, it is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, aging and acne-prone.
Raw (preferably unfiltered) honey is considered to be better for skin than pasteurized kind. Although pasteurized honey will still work on the skin, it does not contain the necessary antimicrobial or antioxidant elements found in raw honey. The pasteurizing process not only kills the natural microbes and bacteria naturally existing in the honey but it also removes the healthy enzymes and other skin-healing ingredients.
Manuka honey is native to New Zealand and has incredible antibacterial properties that set it apart from other types. The active ingredient is known as methylglyoxal, which aids in its amazing antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities. It was traditionally used to heal external wounds, soothe sore throats, improve digestion, treat ulcers and prevent tooth decay. Whenever possible, it is recommended to substitute pasteurized honey for either raw or Mauka honey. A study has also show that it can be used as an agent to manage diabetic wounds.
Can Honey Clog Pores?
Contrary to popular belief, honey does not clog pores, even though it has such a thick, rich (and super sticky) consistency. This makes it great for oily and acne-prone skin types. It has a PH level between 3 and 4 which helps to both breakdown and clears away dead surface cells, naturally exfoliating the skin. Honey is a humectant, meaning it can draw moisture into the skin naturally to prevent dryness, irritation, and flaking and because it is naturally oil-free, it will not clog the pores.
Does Honey and Lemon Remove Dark Spots?
The combination of honey and lemon are great for reducing the appearance of dark (or age) spots on the skin. If applied like a mask every other day, as suggested in this article, a person can start to see improved skin tone in as little as 4 weeks. This method is gaining popularity due to the increasing trend toward natural skincare. It is also cheaper than store-bought brands, which often contain fragrances, dyes and other synthetic ingredients that can irritate the skin.
How to Make Your Own Honey and Lemon Mask
Making your own honey-lemon mask is easy and affordable, not to mention very therapeutic for the face. The 8 simple steps include the following:
- Squeeze the juice of ½ a lemon (or a few drops of lemon oil) into a bowl
- Add 2 tsp of Manuka honey
- Mix together well
- Apply the mixture to just-washed skin
- Allow the mask to sit on the skin for 20 to 30 minutes
- Rinse off with cool (not warm) water to close the pores
- Pat dry (don’t rub) your face
- Apply moisturizer suited to your specific skin type
This mask can be used once a week in the morning or evening. Its skincare benefits are almost endless and include the following:
Just a word of caution. Before applying oils or any homemade skin formulas, it is important to perform a patch test on your skin. Even if you have never had a prior history of any skin irritation issues you may find that concentrations and different mixtures may cause slight irritation like rashes, swelling, itching or even burning. To learn how to perform a patch test on your skin CLICK HERE
- Helps clear acne
- Dries out pimples
- Reduces breakouts
- Minimizes the look of pores
- Smooths skin
- Reduces redness
- Soothes irritation
- Wound healing
- Relieves dryness and flaking
- Hydrates and nourishes the skin
- Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces the appearance of dark spots
- Brightens the skin
- Makes skin glow with health
- Evens out skin tone
- Lessens the appearance of scars
In conclusion, honey and lemon are great for the skin. They are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Whether applied topically or taken internally, they have amazing health and wellness benefits. Making your own mask is the easiest (and cheapest) way to reap the rewards of these two organic ingredients. So go ahead, treat yourself, you deserve it!