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Finding all-natural DIY solutions for skincare is a priority for those of us who want to have great looking skin without paying high-end beauty prices and without using products with arm-length chemical ingredients lists. Lemon has many great properties for addressing skin concerns. This amazing fruit acts as an antibacterial, astringent, skin lightener, Vitamin C-infuser, strong antioxidant and exfoliant. Below, we’ve put together a list of some of the top beauty uses for lemon.

Remove Blackheads

To get rid of unsightly blackheads, cut a lemon in half. Place a few drops of honey on the lemon and rub the lemon on your face paying close attention to blackhead-prone areas like your nose, chin, etc. Leave the lemon and honey mixture on your skin for about 5 minutes and then wash off with cold water.

Use as a Toner

For those of you with dry or normal skin types, mix 2 tbsps lemon juice with 2 tbsp distilled water, apply with cotton balls and rinse with cold water.   If you have combination or oily skin you will want to combine 2 tbsps lemon juice, 2 tbsps vodka, 1 tbsp distilled water and 1 tsp witch hazel. Apply toner with cotton balls and rinse with cold water.

Fade Age Spots

Lemon acts as a mild bleach that helps reduce redness and inflammation but also diminishes the appearance of age spots. To vanish hyperpigmentation, apply half a lemon straight to your face and rub it on the areas you want to lighten before retiring for the evening. Leave the lemon on overnight. Do this for a week to see results.

Brighter, Softer Skin

Not only will applying lemon brighten your skin with its lightening properties, it will also make your skin softer.

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To shed those dead skin cells, dip a half lemon in sugar and rub it over your face for 3 minutes. Do this once or twice a week.

Treat Acne

Lemon fights the bacteria that causes acne with its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. It shrinks the clogged pores, pushing out the excess dirt and oil. To treat acne, take the juice of 1 lemon and dissolve 6 non-coated aspirin pills in it. Aspirin contains salicylic acid which helps to kill the bacteria causing breakouts. Mix the dissolved aspirin and lemon juice into a paste and apply it directly to your problem areas. Let the paste dry for 3 minutes and then rinse it off with a cotton ball soaked in a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tsp of baking soda. Then rinse with cool tap water.

Anti-Aging Face Mask

Lemon is a strong anti-oxidant and is full of Vitamin C which makes it a great anti-aging beauty product. To make a powerful mask, combine 2 tbsp Greek yogurt (full fat), 1 tsp honey and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Apply a hot washcloth to your face for 2 minutes to open your pores. Then, apply mixture evenly to face. Let the mixture dry for 10 minutes and wash off with a warm wash cloth.

You will love the results you get with wonderful lemon.