Lemons are the tart citrus fruits that are concentrated with a chemical makeup that can both help or harm your skin. Though you should not apply lemon directly to your face, consuming it can have positive effects on your skin’s health.
Drinking hot lemon water every morning can over time offer great benefits to your skin and overall health. By helping stimulate enzyme production in the liver, lemons can have great detoxifying effects on your body, which is great for your skin. Lemons are very high in vitamin C which can help fight free radicals your skin is exposed to daily. Vitamin C can also help maintain healthy collagen production.
Lemons contain alpha hydroxy acid, which is a naturally occurring chemical that can be found in many skin care products for its exfoliating effect. However, lemons contain this in abundance, making it too acidic for the delicate Ph of the skin on your face. If pure lemon juice is applied directly to your skin, it could cause skin irritation and even a more severe chemical burn. Instead, apply a very small amount to a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, in order to dilute the acid.