7 Ways to Use Lemons for Beauty

Lemons are useful for many things, but many people don't know using lemons for beauty purposes is extremely beneficial. Read more about how they can help fight blackheads, lighten hair, and improve your skin quality.
7 Ways to Use Lemons for Beauty
Karla Henríquez

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Karla Henríquez.

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Lemon is an ingredient that adds a delicious taste to cooking. But did you know using lemons for beauty have many valuable properties as well? They have properties that are astringent, disinfectant, and act as a natural lightener for hair and skin. They are also characterized by their Vitamin C components, antioxidants, and compounds that regulate acidity and promote fat elimination.

If you still don’t know the best beauty secrets that lemons have to offer, read below for a few of their uses, so you can get excited about their benefits and enjoy them. You’ll see how using lemons for beauty are the best ways to use them.

They are good for skin

Lemon is a fantastic for skin, especially for people who suffer from oily skin. They have astringent properties, promote excess oil elimination, and significantly improve skin’s appearance. Using lemon for beauty and for your skin is easier than you think. All you need to do is squeeze the lemon and apply it to your face using a spray or a cotton ball.

Remember, it is important to keep in mind that lemon should be applied before going to bed, and under no circumstances should you expose yourself to sunlight. This could cause stains. It’s best to apply the treatment, and the next day, use sunscreen.

Lip exfoliant

Lemon as a lip exfoliant


There are a lot of factors that could affect lip health, making them look dry and cracked. Lemons promote hydration and eliminate dead skin cells. In order to say goodbye to this problem, one good solution is to apply a bit of lemon juice to your lips.

We recommend doing this before going to bed, and you will begin to notice the changes. By using lemon juice on your lips, not only will it moisturize them, but also, it will lighten your lips if your lips happen to be darker due to smoking, sun exposure, or any other reasons. Don’t forget to wash it off in the morning!

For highlighted hair

Lightening your hair is easy to accomplish when you use lemons for beauty. It has been proven to produce good results. To lighten your hair and to make it shiny, apply lemon juice to your hair and expose it to the sun. With sun contact, the lemon will help lighten your hair, giving it light and golden highlights. It’s best to do this at least once a week for good results. 

Remember, lemon is a natural lightener and bleach, so it is important to keep your hair hydrated and healthy while using this. Try out a good deep conditioner or hair mask.

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Fight blackheads

Lemons to fight blackheads

Lemons have astringent and antibacterial properties that promote the elimination of waste and excess oil on our skin. They are great allies for fighting annoying blackheads because they promote the elimination of toxins and deeply clean the skin.

At night, rub a bit of lemon on your skin and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove it with copious amounts of cold water. You’ll see how great it is to use lemons for beauty when your face and blackheads start to clear up! Don’t forget, you can’t use this treatment if you are going to be exposed to the sun. 

Improves marks

Acne, sun exposure, illnesses, diet, and other factors can all cause marks on our skin. Aesthetically, these do not look very good. One very effective way of improving and reducing the appearance of marks is to apply a bit of lemon juice to the affected area, allow to work for 15 minutes. To finish, wash off with cold water.

Do this treatment at night, as sun exposure could cause adverse reactions.

Nail strengthener and whitener

Lemons to make nails healthier and stronger


Using chemicals, household chores, and a lot of other bad habits can cause nails to weaken and become stained. Lemons are a wonderful option for this problem as they promote the elimination of marks on nails while strengthening them at the same time. All you need to do is combine a bit of lemon juice with two tablespoons of olive oil and apply to your nails.

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For your armpits

Lemons can be excellent for caring for armpit skin. Its properties act as a natural deodorant while at the same time clearing up the dark stains that usually form in this area of the body. Lemon’s citric acid is responsible for killing bacteria that cause bad odors. 
So, lemons can work as an emergency deodorant. In order to lighten your armpits, you should mix lemon juice with oatmeal and a little bit of honey. the resulting paste should be applied to your armpits, and allowed to work for 1 hour.

Now that you’ve learned about all of the wonderful benefits of lemons for beauty, which one will you try first?

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