Lemons are a useful fruit that can treat a myriad of skin issues, and their easy availability and affordable price make them a viable option over expensive brand-name beauty products. Lightening dark spots, evening out skin tone, soothing a dry scalp and zapping an oily complexion are all things that this small fruit can treat. There are a few techniques for applying lemon to the skin based on the intended treatment and desired result.
Scalp Application for Dryness and Flakes
Squeeze half the juice of one lemon into a bowl, enough to yield 2 tablespoons. Stir in 2 tablespoons each of olive oil and water with your lemon juice. You may also substitute almond or coconut oil for olive oil.
Pour your scalp mixture into a plastic squeeze bottle with a pointed applicator tip. You can find these at most beauty supply stores.
Dampen your hair with cool water and apply the treatment to your scalp, running the tip from the front of your hair to the back and working across your head. Rub the mixture over your scalp with your fingertips. Let it sit for 20 minutes and rinse your hair. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Face Application for Oil and Dark Spots
Wash your face with an exfoliating cleanser and cool water. Dab your skin dry with a clean towel or washcloth.
Squeeze the juice of half a fresh lemon into a bowl. Dip a cotton ball into the juice to soak it thoroughly.
Wipe all over your face with the juice-soaked cotton ball, or you may just apply the lemon juice directly to oily skin, unevenly toned areas and blemish scars.
Mix equal parts of fresh lemon juice and pure honey in a bowl. Apply the mixture as a blackhead-eliminating mask. Apply to clean skin and leave for 10 minutes; rinse with a washcloth and cool water.
Never apply lemon juice to areas with open cuts, scrapes or wounds. This can cause severe stinging and irritation. Should this occur, rinse the area with cool water.
If irritation, redness or dryness occur, discontinue use of lemon juice on the skin.