The lemon fruit is known for it’s wide range of uses and has been used for centuries across different cultures. From cuisines, as a household cleaner, to remove odours and to cleanse your skin. Today I will be focusing on the uses of lemon on skin as I have a vested interest. Unfortunately in my late 30’s I’ve developed puberty skin, worse than my teenage daughter! I have tried a lot of cleansers of which some were very expensive, just to eliminate the cystic acne that I seem to experience regardless of what time of the month it is. I’ve resorted to getting back to basics by
- drinking lots of water (I’ve never been a fan of water, especially in the cold winter months)
- eating healthy (I’m on a 1 smoothie a day challenge, more of that to come in another post)
- using lemon in my skin care routine
- ingesting lemon (hot lemon and honey drink)
So far, I’ve been doing my level best to drink at least a liter of water a day, (don’t judge, i am doing my best). I’ve been enjoying making smoothies with fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs, more on that in another post.
My lemon skin care routine is really simple. After cleansing my skin with my home made coconut milk and honey cleanser, I then exfoliate with lemon and bicarbonate of soda. Two household products that you will find in your kitchen. Some people squeeze the lemon juice and then add the bicarb of soda. I do it slightly different, a friend told me how she goes about it.
- Cut a lemon (I usually cut diagonally into thirds)
- take 1/3 and put half a teaspoon on bicarb of soda on top.
- listen for the fizz and sizzle
- then rub on your cleansed skin and leave it for at least 30 mins, you’ll feel your skin tightening
- after 30 mins rinse with lukewarm water and moisturise with a hydrating cream or serum.
I’ve been tackling this for the last two weeks, it’s not an overnight miracle so I will see how I fare in the next few weeks. It feels really good that I am only using natural products on my skin which I have made myself. I guess It has been giving me the motivation to actually cleanse my skin as I have set a challenge to see if this actually works. If you have problematic skin riddled with acne and or scars, have a go and let me know how you’re getting on.
Until next time……………………………………..