Five Beauty Tips Using Lemon Juice Can Help You With

Lemon juice has some uncommon but helpful beauty benefits.
Lemon juice has some uncommon but helpful beauty benefits. | Source
The health benefits of lemon juice are numerous.
The health benefits of lemon juice are numerous. | Source

Lemon Juice is a Natural Beauty Product

I enjoy the tart taste of lemon in sweet lemonade, and when the lemon tree in my back yard began to show promises of future lemons, I thought it was time to figure out what I would do with all those lemons. I started doing a little research and discovered some pleasantly interesting facts about the lemon juice used in my lemonade. Many of the uses help maintain a healthy body and skin.

I discovered that lemon juice is an acid based fruit, however, once lemon juice is digested, lemon juice becomes alkaline based. Alkaline helps keep your blood at a safe pH level, which helps the body heal itself.

Lemon juice has a high level of Vitamin C, which helps to strengthen the immune system. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from free-radical damage. Free radicals damage your skin and antioxidants help prevent against free radical damage.

Lemon juice also helps your body cleanse itself and prevents water retention. It purifies your blood and rejuvenates your skin from within, thus bringing that natural glow we all seek to see in our complexion.

Here are five ways to use lemon juice as part of your regular beauty routine.

Minus the sugar, this is a technique I have used for decades.

1. Lighten your elbows and knees. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle sugar onto the top. Scrub to exfoliate by applying in a circular motion to the elbows and knees. Let this sit on your skin for about a minute. Then, rinse it off in the shower. It takes about a month to see significant results. I have not tried it with the sugar yet. But, I like the idea of exfoliating along with lightening. Try it! You can do this on a daily basis.

2. Lighten your age spots. Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 2 Tablespoons of honey and 2 Tablespoons of plain yogurt. Rub this mixture onto your age spots. You can do this on a daily basis.

Putting on the Gloves!

It is really difficult to put on gloves after applying the paste. You have to be slow and meticulous, touching only the top of the glove. It’s all worth the effort. Oh, and it helps if you buy extra large gloves.

3. Moisturize your dry hands. Mix 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 Tablespoon of honey and 1 Cup of dry oatmeal. Form a paste with these ingredients. Apply this paste to clean hands. Put on cotton gloves. Keep the gloves on for at least 20 minutes. Rinse well. Dry your hands, then apply hand cream.

Sun Caution!

One word of caution, please use sunscreen and/or cover your body to avoid sun damage to your exposed skin.

4. Lighten your hair. To lighten your hair a few shades, mix 1 Cup of lemon juice with ¼ Cup of warm water. Place this mixture into a spray bottle and spray onto clean, dry hair. Spray the lemon and water solution until your hair is damp. Now, go outside and sit in the sun for about 30 minutes. Rinse and apply a rich conditioner. Follow conditioner instructions. Do this once a week. Each time, your hair will lighten a little bit more, but ultimately, it will only lighten a few shades from the original shade. Since this is a “natural” hair lightener, there is no guarantee of what shade your hair will turn once the lemon and water solution is applied. While in the sun, keep checking the color to avoid obtaining a color you will not be satisfied with. I do not recommend this type of hair lightening technique for brunettes. Your hair may have a tendency to turn a burnt orange shade. More power to you if that is the shade you want.

Disclaimer

I am not a doctor or professional in a medical trade. I can not certify any medical claims. My knowledge is based on what I have read or heard in medical reports or advice received from health professionals.

5. Cleanse your body. To help bones stay healthy, skin radiant, digestion clear, fight diabetes and cancer, and to lose weight, drink lemon water every morning. Squeeze a half of a lemon into eight ounces of water. To protect your tooth enamel, drink the lemon water cleanse through a straw. Drink this every morning.

Well, there you have it – five beauty tips using lemon juice.

Another Benefit of Lemons - The Lemon Detox Diet

As we know now, lemons are used to detox the body. But, be careful, there is a right way and a wrong way to detox. Read The Lemon Detox Diet Explained for a full explanation of the Lemon Detox Diet, including information about how long to stay on the lemon detox diet and how to safely get back to a normal diet.
By Brett Tesol.

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Payal N Naik 17 months ago from Mumbai

do try, i am sure you will love it.


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MarleneB 17 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Thank you, Payal N Naik. That's another wonderful use for lemons. I will definitely try your idea for cleaning nails.


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Payal N Naik 17 months ago from Mumbai

very nice article.i cant leave without lemons. i even use them to clean my nails.


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MarleneB 20 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello georgescifo. The benefits of lemon juice are many. I don't think a day goes by that I don't drink lemon juice. In fact, at night I mix up lemon juice and water and place it in the refrigerator overnight so that it is nice and cold in the morning. I drink it before consuming any other food or beverage.


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georgescifo 20 months ago from India

Thanks for sharing this valuable hub about the benefits and tips of lemon juice. I mainly use lemon with water so as to avoid dehydration and make me stay positive. As per my knowledge, once the lemon juice enters your stomach, it will be converted to alkaline, which will bring about a positive energy to your body.


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MarleneB 20 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

I can't live without my lemons, peachpurple. But, they are so expensive that I had to grow a tree to serve my consumption and use of lemons.


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

time to buy some lemons, didn't know the benefits, thanks


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MarleneB 21 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi colorfulone. Your kind comment lifts my day... as I sit sipping on my lemon and water. I truly stand by the benefits of lemon.


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colorfulone 21 months ago from Minnesota

It is always a pleasure to read one of your informative and well written hub, Marlene.


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MarleneB 21 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello colorfulone. I'm actually sitting here sipping on a tall glass of lemon and water right now. It has so many benefits. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comment.


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colorfulone 21 months ago from Minnesota

I didn't know that a lemon and water mixture would lighten hair with the sun's help. Makes perfect sense when I think about it. Lemons are one of natures gifts and very useful, like this hub is.


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MarleneB 22 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Thank you for your comment, SheGetsCreative. To be honest, I use lemons for a lot of things. I don't think my household is ever without them.


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SheGetsCreative 22 months ago from Seattle, WA

Good tips for using lemons. I think I've tried every one you've listed at least once.


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MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello kerlund74. Thanks! Yes I am very fortunate to have lemons growing in my yard. But, for those who can't grow lemons, thank goodness for grocery stores.


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MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello younghopes. Thank you for your feedback and for sharing.


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MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi susi10. We always have lemons in my house. I even freeze the rinds to use for later.


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younghopes 2 years ago from India

Great hub with some really interesting tips, shared


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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

Great hub with useful suggestions how to use lemon juice:) Sounds really great for you to have a lemon tree of your own. Our climate is not really good for lemons, but I sure can by some.


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susi10 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

Hi Marlene! This is a fantastic hub, I love lemons! There is something so refreshing and zesty about lemons that I love. This hub is great for discovering other ways to use lemons, I will definitely be trying some of them out. I would love to grow lemons but the weather doesn't permit it.

I enjoyed reading this, a very refreshing read! Shared and voted beautiful and useful.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello DDE. Thank you for your feedback. Lemons are used as part of my daily routine. I drink lemon water every morning. I also like using lemons for other parts of my beauty routine, as well.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Five Beauty Tips Using Lemon Juice Can Help You With great hub and lemon water is a fantastic cleanser for the liver, very interesting hub and I learned many new benefits of lemons.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi beingwell - I do hope it works. It takes a long time to work, so patience is the key to hanging in there long enough to see the results.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok

Hi marlene! I love it! I'll try lemon with water in lightening my dark spots. Hopefully, they'll work on me! Shared and voted up.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi ChitrangadaSharan, I know what you mean by being addicted to the flavor of water in a tall glass of lemon and honey. Like you, I have been drinking and enjoying these flavors together for a very long time. In fact, since high school. I do believe it is what keeps my skin clear. Thank you for visiting and for your feedback.


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

We all know the multiple uses of lemon juice, but you have very nicely presented them in the form of a hub. The first thing I take in the morning is juice of a lemon in lukewarm water along with a teaspoonful of honey. I am addicted to it and taking since childhood days.

Thanks for sharing this useful hub about lemon juice.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Brett - Thank you for your feedback. Yes. I would actually like to include a link to your detox hub because it goes perfectly with using lemons as a beauty treatment.

dghbrh - Thank you for your feedback. Your support means a lot.

Astralrose - Good question. I actually freeze the lemon peels after the juice is squeezed. Seriously, right now I have a freezer drawer full of frozen lemon peels. Each day, I take 1/2 of a lemon peel out of the freezer to thaw. I use the thawed out lemon peel to rub on my face to use as an astringent after washing. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off. I also rub the lemon peel on my elbows and knees.


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Astralrose 3 years ago from India

Very informative hub. Voted up! But could there be uses for the peeled lemon skin and whatever is left after squeezing the juice off it?


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Very informative and useful hub. Thank you. Shared and voted up.


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Interesting and was surprised to find this, as I just wrote about the lemon detox plan. Lemon juice is really good for you, I just wish that it was easier to find over here.

Shared, up and useful.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello Rajan. Thank you for your comment. Yes. lemons are good for a lot of things. I freeze the lemon juice in ice cube trays and I freeze the peels. I always have a supply of lemons on hand to use in my daily routine.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Some very interesting beauty tips with lemon here for sure. We use lemons both internally and externally. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi josiejossy, you are so right, lemon juice is an exceptional fruit with many benefits for everyone.


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josiejossy 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

Great hub...for sure lemon has got more use and of help to mankind...voted up


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Thank you, Zubair Ahmed. I believe wholeheartedly in having lemon juice each day. In fact, I packed lemon juice in my suitcase when we went on a trip to see the family - just in case they didn't have lemons.


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Zubair Ahmed 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this info, very useful. I'll have to try the lemon juice in the mornings.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello dwachira, thank you for reading and commenting. I use lemons for a lot of things. I drink lemon water all throughout the day, and I think it is one component of my daily routine that helps keep me healthy.


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi MarleneB,

What a wonderful hub, i take lemon every time i have a throat irritation, it is the best home remedy i have found for that. I must say, however that lemon has a lot of useful uses as you have stated here. Voted up and useful.


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Thank you


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Yes, Anil and Honey 9, every now and then, I discover something rewarding about using lemons. Not so long ago, after washing dishes, I diligently rubbed a lemon rind on the back of my hand and immediately my hands were soft and smooth without having to put lotion on. And, I can't say enough about the weight loss benefits.


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Lemon is a medicinal fruit. Your inventions are good.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi dwachira, yes - lemons have a multitude of uses. I always have lemons around for beauty treatments, especially when my skin starts to get dry. The dry hand treatment is kind of like a spa treatment, but for times when I have been doing a lot of cleaning and stuff with my hands and want a quick solution to soothe them, I also like to squeeze and rub the rind of the lemon on my hands to get the benefit of the lemon oil.


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Although i have known lemon to have a lot benefits i never knew one can use lemon to moisturize dry hands. Thanks for the information, voted up.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

diplorging, thanks for reading. Yeah, when I saw my lemon tree producing, I thought I would do some research and see what all I could do with lemons. I found a huge assortment of things to do with lemons and posted the ones that were familiar to me.


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diplorging 4 years ago from Serbia

I knew lemon was very healthy, and have heard for some of these tricks, but there are new and interesting things! My grandmother also has a lemon three, so I have reason to heed your advice. Shared!


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi dwachira. Yes, lemon juice has a lot of benefits. There are so many more, but these are five that I am personally familiar with.


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Great tips MarleneB, i didn't know lemon juice has such diverse applications. Voted up, useful and shared.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi fitnfree! Middle aged? Well, you're just a baby! :) Try old age - me! I have tried and use all of these tips, including the one about lightening the hair. That's how I know it turns the hair color of brunettes that burnt orange color. Live and learn!


fitnfree 4 years ago

Great ideas for using lemons, thanks! Gee...now that I'm ah shall we just say "middle aged" I think the age spots one will be especially useful! ;)


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

I like your solution, trinatrod. When I was in high school I use to apply raw honey to my face every morning. I recall my skin always looking great - no acne like my schoolmates. Honey and lemon work very well together. Thank you for your tip.


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trinatrod 4 years ago

I love using lemons in my beauty routine. I have a mixture of 4tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice, and 1tbs pure raw honey. I apply this mixture on my face with a painters brush, and leave on for 30 mins as mask. Rinse off, skin is super smooth and soft. Helps with fading acne scars!


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Thanks snigdha.s. I have used lemon juice on my elbows and knees. I keep meaning to add sugar because the more I read about lemon and sugar as a skin care regime, the more I am convinced it would work best for me. I had not thought about using it on my ankles. I like that idea!


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snigdha.s 4 years ago from India,mumbai

These are great tips. Starting your day with lemon juice in warm water is the best way to detoxify and flush out toxins. have used lemon and sugar to lighten dark elbows. It actually works magic. the elbow becomes so soft and smooth. I use this sometimes for my ankles too when they get dark or to remove dead skin. Voted up


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi womans-health and Ruth Pieterse, thank you for your comments. I am really amazed at the benefits of lemon juice. I actually drink lemon and water every day and I do believe it makes a difference in my overall health.


Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

Very interesting. I love drinking cold water with lemon slices and ice cubes.


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womans-health 4 years ago from Indonesia

nice hib. this is my first comment. i love lemon


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Oh, yes CCahill, the fragrance of many things made with lemon oil is what lulls me in and then I get all the benefits of the citrus to boot.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

I always think they put it in stuff to fragrance it and forget that it has such good properties itself


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Yes, CCahill, I think you are right. The salicylic acid found in lemon juice is a component of many beauty products designed to clear up the skin.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

Explains why so many products have extract of lemon in them


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello katyzzz. Thank you for your comment. Yes, a dentist actually gave that piece of advice about protecting the teeth by drinking through a straw. He said, it is no big deal to drink lemon juice every now and then without a straw, but if I'm going to do it every day, then a straw is recommended.


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katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Lemon is so refreshing, I'll try to drink it now and the straw to protect your teeth is a huge bonus of information


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi LisaMarie724. Thank you for your comment. I have to admit that at first I didn't think I would like drinking lemon and water without a sweetener. But, the truth is - I tried it and I really like it. I've been drinking it like that for a long time now and I do believe it keeps me feeling healthy.


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LisaMarie724 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

I love lemons, I actually eat them by themselves. Adding lemons to your water is a great way to lose weight and it tastes awesome. Great article on the benefits of this delicious fruit!


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi Oceansider. Thank you for visiting and for your feedback. Yeah, it actually does work to eliminate or at least reduce age spots. I think it has something to do with the fact that lemon juice is a salicylic acid which is known for its natural skin exfoliation and lightening properties.

Hi Catmalone. Thank you for stopping by to read my hub. I agree, lemons are awesome.


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catmalone 4 years ago

Very well put together hub. I love it. Lemons are great.


oceansider 4 years ago

Thank you Marlene for another interesting and helpful article!...I appreciate all of the great information...I knew about using it your hair...I've done that in the past, and I use it in salads, when cooking meats or fish.

What I didn't know is about how lemon juice aids in getting rid of age spots...really good to know this!

Voted up & interesting & useful!

Take care, Helen

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