9 Health and Beauty Benefits of Lemon You Need to Know

If life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade! It's time to embrace the health benefits of lemon, from taking care of your teeth to healing dark spots and scars.

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Highlight Your Hair Naturally

Give your hair a sun-kissed look with lemon juice. Lemon accelerates the sun’s natural hair-lightening abilities, and all you need to do is brush lemon juice through your hair using your fingers or a comb. After 30 minutes in the sun, your hair will be noticeably lighter.

Learn how to juice a lemon the easy way.

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Whiten Your Teeth

Skip those expensive teeth whitening treatments and use good ol’ lemon juice instead. Add lemon juice to baking powder until it forms a bubbly paste. Apply the solution to your teeth using a Q-tip and leave on for no longer than one minute. Then, gently scrub it off with a toothbrush and rinse with cool water.

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Enjoy Clear Skin and Fewer Wrinkles

Starting your day off with a glass of lemon water has innumerable benefits, including increasing the amount of collagen in your skin. That means you’ll produce fewer wrinkles, and the vitamin C in the lemon can also fight off toxins that cause breakouts.

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Treat Acne

Drinking lemon water might help prevent breakouts, but what do you do if you already have acne? Treat it with the antibacterial properties of lemon juice, of course. Slice a lemon in half and rub it gently on your face. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and watch those blackheads fade away.

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Natural isotonic drink lemonade with salt and ginger.

Replenish Body Salts

If you’ve ever felt whopped after a strenuous workout, you know how important it is to refuel with electrolytes. Make a simple electrolyte drink by adding 1/4 cup of lemon juice to 3 cups of water. Add a pinch of fine sea salt and a drizzle of honey to help it go down.

Here are the best and worst drinks to keep you hydrated. (Spoiler alert: citrus-infused water is one of the best!)

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Lighten Up Dark Spots

Lemon juice is kind of like a natural bleach for your body. Rub a half lemon on acne scars, dark knees and elbows or other dark spots, and the citric acid will lighten ’em up in no time. Just be sure to avoid open wounds or cuts—that will definitely sting a bit.

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Strengthen Your Nails

This treatment will not only strengthen weak or brittle nails, but it will also lighten up nails that have yellowed after too many manicures. Mix olive oil and lemon together to get a double dose of moisturizing and strengthening.

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Cleanse Naturally

Make a natural, chemical-free facial cleanser by mixing lemon juice with soothing essential oils (like lavender or chamomile). Use it as a toner and apply it to your face using a cotton pad, or turn it into a mask by mixing the juice of a lemon with 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt to cleanse and moisturize.

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Lemon Lips

Exfoliate Chapped Lips

It doesn’t get easier than this treatment! Rub lemon juice on your lips before going to bed and wash it off the next morning. The lemon juice removes dead skin cells, so you’ll wake up to noticeably smoother lips.

Lindsay D. Mattison
Lindsay is a professional chef, recipe developer, writer and developmental editor. After years of working in restaurant kitchens, she turned to writing to share her skills and experience with home cooks and food enthusiasts. She's passionate about using local, organic ingredients and teaching others how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. Lindsay still cooks professionally for pop-up events, writes for several publications and is the co-author of two books about Ayurveda.