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They say when life gives you lemons, make a skin toner! Well, not really, but it’s definitely what you should be doing!

The benefits of lemons are ENDLESS!! They’re good for your stomach, assist with digestion, acts as a blood purifier, contain plenty of vitamin A and C, and can help reduce fever.

Lemons are also AMAZING for your skin. They leave your skin super soft, glowing, and acne free! What’s sad is that not many people are aware of these perks so they don’t take advantage of them.

I haven’t met anyone who didn’t love the lemon toner method, but everyone is different! Just remember that a little goes a long way — especially since lemon is citrus, and considered an acidic fruit. You don’t want to use too much, as it will dry out your skin.

Have fun toning!! Also, check out more random lemon beauty hacks via Women’s Health below!

  • Clarifying moisturizer: Mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it.
  • Elbow and knee bleacher: “If your elbows and knees appear dark, simply rub them with half of a lemon,” says Patrice Coleman, owner of DaBlot Beauty. “It’s like magic!”
  • Blackhead treatment: It may sound too good to be true, but because lemons are antibacterial, they can help treat acne. Just slice a lemon, and squeeze the juice on your face. Your blackheads will start to fade before you know it.
  • Cleansing wipes: “I like to mix a couple drops of lemon and tea tree essential oil in about 6 ounces of distilled water. I recommend it as a toner or for use with cotton pads as a cleansing wipe for problematic skin,” says Becky Sturm, founder of StormSister Spatique.
  • Teeth whitener: Mix baking soda and lemon juice, and apply it to your teeth with a clean Q-tip. Then, use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse. It’s way cheaper than going to your dentist’s office.
  • Canker sore treatment: Sturn also uses a few drops of the lemon essential oil on her canker sores to help them heal faster.
  • Skin brightener: Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production, says Marina Peredo, M.D., a dermatologist. That means it can help lighten age spots, dark spots, or a fake tan gone wrong. Remember to wear SPF when using lemon juice on your skin, though, since the citrus fruit can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.
  • Shine eliminator: Lemon is great for reducing excess oil.
  • Lip exfoliator: Put a little lemon juice on your lips before bedtime, and wash it off in the morning to help remove dead skin cells and dried skin. One caveat: “Obviously, if you already have severely chapped lips that have any cuts, do not try this,” says Gary Goldfaden, M.D., a dermatologist.
  • Nail strengthener: Have you been getting too many gel manicures? Make a mixture of your favorite cooking oil (try olive oil) with lemon juice, and soak your nails. This is a good practice if your nails are dry and brittle, but it’s also a great way to help fix nails that have yellowed.

If you do decide to try any of these methods, PLEASE NOTE:

LEMON APPLIED TO SKIN WILL ALSO BRIGHTEN IT, WHICH MEANS THAT IT NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED FROM SUNLIGHT IN ORDER TO AVOID DAMAGE.  

SPF 30 should be used when using the lemon toner method.

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