Skin lightening with lemon juice has been commonly suggested, but how does it really work? Does it even work at all?
The answer is YES and it is probably safer than a random skin lightening cream/serum you can buy in the nearest store.
Lemon juice does good as a skin lightening treatment but it takes quite a long time to show results. The skin lightening with lemon juice is not a permanent solution.
We all already know the effectiveness of lemons and citrus fruits on the dark spots, acne and freckles on our skin, it is great and very healthy! Packed with Vitamin C, these fruits are real anti-oxidants. Topically applied to the skin, lemon juice proves the importance in several roles when it comes to *preventing hyper-pigmentation.
Abscorbic acid or Vitamin C is a real natural exfoliant that helps with skin lightening and *improves our skin tone. The epidermis (upper layer of our skin) gets exfoliated by the acids, removes old/dead skin cells and even old cells with dark pigmentation. Our outer layer of the skin usually exfoliates for 3-4 weeks.
Vitamin C also stimulates the production of completely new skin cells which actually gives us the brighter, smoother skin than ever. After a few months of regular use of Vitamin C, you will surely notice the improvement in your skin tone and even the texture of it.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, it can help you minimize the damage of cells caused by free radicals and it also stimulates the production of skin collagen.
Application of Vitamin C can actually help your skin become stronger than before. Various anti-aging products are filled with Vitamin C, *promoting skin peeling and regrowth.
Lower Melanin Production
Vitamin C has been clinically tested and it shows to *reduce melanin production in our skin. Melanin sure has an important role in protecting us from the harmful effects of the UV rays, but too much melanin results in various skin problems, dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Various studies show that when applied topically, Vitamin C is super effective in promoting collagen synthesis, lightening hyperpigmentation and photo-protection from UV A and B.
Fresh Lemons For Skin Lightening
Always try to use fresh lemons for your skin lightening treatments and try to avoid bottled lemon juices you can buy in the stores. Most of the bottled lemon juices are diluted with water and contain many preservatives in order to keep it ‘fresh’.
Lemon is extremely cheap to buy and you might need only one per day, depending on the treatment you choose.
Lemon is a natural remedy, but if you are battling some serious skin problems or allergies, you should be extremely careful when using this kind of treatment.
Lemon juice is a natural astringent, it is a great treatment for oily skin, but most of the people with dry skin will find it too strong, harsh and burning. If you have dry skin, try adding up yogurt or honey in the juice, it will make it a little bit less harsh and it could be a great nourishing mask!
Skin Lightening Tips With Lemon
A couple of helpful tips when using lemon juice as a skin lightening treatment:
- Lemon juice might dry out your skin, apply a moisturiser after the treatment
- Test lemon juice on a small area of your skin, in case of allergic reactions
- Never go out in the sun with lemon juice on your face, it can burn your skin
- Do not use lemon juice if you have an injury or a cut
- Keep the lemon juice away from your eyes
- Use a sunscreen whenever you go out, lemon treatment makes your skin more sensitive to the sun
Skin Lightening Using Milk and Lemon
Try out this refreshing skin treatment which requires half a lemon mixed with equal parts of milk, the juice will probably cause milk to curdle but do not worry about that.
Milk is full of lactic acid, it exfoliates our skin and promotes skin cell renewal. Milk is very rich in amino acids and enzymes, they enhance water retention and skin moisture, which is exactly what we all need! This helps at softening our skin and allows lemon juice to absorb deeper into it.
This treatment is applied as a polisher that exfoliates our skin, just soak a flat sponge in the mixture and massage it into your skin for 3 minutes. In case you are using this mixture on your face, just massage it and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
This lovely treatment with lemon-milk can be done twice a week, not more!
Lemon Skin Lightening Creams
Lemon juice extract or Vitamin C is one of the most important ingredients used in various skin lightening serums and creams.
Some of the skin lightening products actually combine the power of lemon extracts with Kojic acid and the results are impressive. Other skin lightening products include lemon extract in their formulas along with other whiteners such as mulberry extract, emblica and bearberry extract.
Ingredients you should always avoid in skin lightening creams include lighteners based on chemicals, such as mercury and sometimes even hydroquinone (depending on your skin sensitivity and other concerns).
For those that do not know, mercury is banned in the US but it is still found in the skin lightening creams outside of US. These ingredients do have an effect on our skin lightening, but they also have extremely dangerous side effect after long term use.