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Honey and Lemon : Perfect Kitchen Ingredients For Flawless Skin

Unlike popular beliefs, women don’t wish for materialistic things. What they really want, though, is flawless skin. Unfortunately, because of various environmental factors such as constant sun exposure and pollution, combined with our unhealthy eating habits and careless lifestyle choices, leads to skin that suffers from acne, hyperpigmentation, dullness, and in some extreme cases even inflammation. Luckily for us, these ill effects can be managed and our skin can be brought back to normal by using just a couple of ingredients found in our kitchen: lemon and honey.

Lemon and honey have a lot of healing benefits on the skin. They are easily available, both lemon and honey are less expensive than most dermatologic treatments and are mostly suitable for all skin types. But before you squeeze some lemon juice and mix it with honey, here are a few things you should note to make the most of the handy ingredients that are turning out to be the holy grail of skincare.

Benefits of Lemon

Benefits of Lemon

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Lemon juice contains a very high amount of vitamin C in the form of citric acid (almost 5-6%). It is known to curb excess sebum production making it the perfect ingredient to treat acne. Lemon juice also contains alpha hydroxy acid that sloughs off dull skin cells and accelerates the production of new ones because of which it is also a natural exfoliator, especially useful in the removal of blackheads. Lemon also contains a high amount of ascorbic acid which makes it one of the strongest naturally occurring antioxidants. It can fight hyperpigmentation and scars caused by acne.

Pro Tip: For people with sensitive dry skin, lemon can cause skin irritation, redness, and excessive drying. It is always advisable to perform a patch test, on a less-sensitive area like the elbow, and only then continue with its use.

Benefits of Honey

Benefits of Honey

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Naturally occurring honey is a humectant (an ingredient that hydrates and moisturizes). It has antimicrobial properties, soothes inflammation, and clarifies skin. Honey also has trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide that give it its skin-lightening properties. Not only is honey considered a cleanser (a little raw honey and water are considered sufficient to remove dirt from skin), it is also supposed to act as an exfoliator even though its texture is not particularly grainy. Almost every skin type can use honey but it is especially helpful for those with dry and sensitive skin, thanks to its hydrating properties.

Pro Tip: Honey can be used for fading difficult acne scars and for treating hyperpigmentation. Just dab the affected area with a little honey and expect the blemish to lighten with repeated use.

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Honey and Lemon for Acne

Honey and Lemon for Acne

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Both lemon and honey have many healing properties, especially for the skin. Amongst many, they are extremely effective in combating acne as both have anti-inflammatory properties and are great antioxidants. The side effects of lemon, which is the stronger, more potent ingredient, are balanced by the soothing qualities of honey making it the perfect recipe for treating acne-prone skin without adverse side effects. The best way to use honey and lemon in everyday skincare is by incorporating them into DIY face masks. This simple face mask recipe is best for overall skin health:

Ingredients:

  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl to form a paste.
  2. Using a clean brush or your fingers, apply the paste on a freshly washed face. Cover your face and neck but avoid the sensitive skin around your eyes.
  3. Apply the mixture in a thick layer so it doesn’t drip.
  4. Leave the mask on for 20 mins.
  5. Wash with warm water.

Pro tip: Although a simple honey and lemon mask is enough, several other ingredients like turmeric, baking soda, and cinnamon, can be added for targeted treatments.

Honey and Lemon Face Pack for Pimples

Honey and Lemon Face Pack for Pimples

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Honey and lemon masks can be used for treating active pimples with the addition of a simple ingredient that is readily available in our pantries: baking soda.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon natural honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

  • Make the paste and apply as usual. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash with warm water.

Pro Tip: Baking soda helps to soothe skin inflammation. It is also an excellent exfoliant. When mixed with honey and lemon, it can effectively combat acne.

Mask for Hyperpigmentation

Mask for Hyperpigmentation

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A simple honey and lemon mask, when mixed with a little organic turmeric and yogurt, can be used for fighting hyperpigmentation. It can also instantly remove dullness from the skin making it a quick go-to mask, especially during festive seasons.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon natural honey
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1/4th teaspoon turmeric

Directions:

  • Make the paste and apply as usual. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash with warm water.

Pro Tip: Turmeric is a superfood that has antioxidant properties that are associated with reducing the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and other forms of pigmentation. Consistently using a turmeric face mask with lemon and honey will help in making the skin brighter.

Skin Inflammation and Redness

Skin Inflammation and Redness

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Cinnamon is a naturally occurring antiseptic. Its anti-inflammatory properties are known to fight even serious skin conditions like eczema. It is also a serious exfoliator. By adding a little cinnamon to the lemon and honey mask, it can be used for treating redness and skin inflammation that is often painful.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon natural honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Directions:

  • Make the paste and apply as usual. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash with warm water. (note: this will be highly sticky because of the honey).

Pro Tip: Alternatively, you can use only honey and cinnamon in a 3:1 ratio and use that as an overnight paste, or keep it for 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water. Cinnamon may irritate the skin so it is best to use it once a week.

FAQs About Lemon and Honey

Q. Can I use honey and lemon on my face daily?

Lemon and Honey DIY Face Mask

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A. Lemon, although an effective antioxidant, can be harsh on the skin especially if you have sensitive skin. Before using lemon on the skin, it is always advisable to perform a patch test on a less sensitive area of the body — like the elbow — to check for irritation, redness, and excessive dryness. If your skin doesn’t show excess sensitivity, you can mix the juice of lemon and honey to make a mask and use it on your face every day. Leave the mask for 10 to 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water.

Q. Can honey darken the face?

A. Honey is a naturally occurring skin exfoliating agent even though it is not particularly grainy. It has an infinitesimal amount of hydrogen peroxide that lends it to lightning properties. As a result, honey cannot darken the skin. If anything, it will help in fading residual acne scars and help with hyperpigmentation. You can dab honey directly on the skin as a spot treatment. Alternatively, one can also apply a thin layer of honey on a damp face and leave it for 20 minutes for instantly nourished skin.

Q. How long should I leave honey and lemon on my face?

A. Lemon juice is also extremely acidic and can cause excessive drying, redness and even peeling of the skin, even when it is mixed with honey or any other soothing ingredient. However, the general practice is to use the juice of half a lemon and mix 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture on your face and keep it for 10-20 minutes. Honey and lemon do wonders.

Q. Can honey and lemon remove dark spots?

Can honey and lemon remove dark spots?

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A. In short, the answer is yes. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C and citric acid which are the two main ingredients used in products that are used for treating dark spots making it an effective home remedy for treating hyperpigmentation. Honey has exfoliating properties which means it can directly result in eliminating dead skin cells and accelerates the skin’s healing process. Repeated use of lemon juice has had success when it comes to reducing the appearance of dark spots, especially when mixed with honey.

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