Shine, softness, purification, hydration: the benefits of lemon for hair and skin are numerous... It's time to make room for lemon in your cosmetic routine!
Although a little vague, the origins of the lemon are located between India and China, probably in Kashmir, almost three thousand years ago. We eat it as a fruit (if we dare), but also as a zest or to flavor sweet or savory culinary preparations. But lemon is also a fruit adored and adored in cosmetics.
Everything about lemon is good! All parts of the fruit are used, including the peel, from which the mother tincture is extracted. Its delicate and fragrant white flowers are used to create floral elixirs. The zest of the fruit is used in cooking and in cosmetic products, particularly in the form of an essential oil. The seeds, dried and then crushed, are used to relieve nausea. As for lemon juice and pulp, there are many possible uses: herbal medicine, cooking, cosmetics, maintenance and cleaning (yes, yes!)…
Today, many brands use lemon in the composition of their cosmetic products. Essentially composed of water, it also contains powerful antioxidants (flavonoids, carotenoids, limonoids, etc.) and vitamin C. The fruit also contains B vitamins (B5, B9) and multiple minerals and trace elements: iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper, phosphorus, etc.
The benefits of lemon on hair
So what are the benefits of lemon on hair? We'll tell you all this immediately!
Lemon against dandruff
The massive presence of dandruff on the scalp is very often caused by excess sebum. The vitamin C present in lemon helps regulate the production of sebum by the scalp. The fruit therefore acts as a very effective natural anti-dandruff, which is why it is included in the composition of many commercial anti-dandruff shampoos. Lemon acts in a very gentle and skin-friendly way: it will be a perfect complement to our Resolution N°2 detox tea , which is also very effective against dandruff.
Washing with water promotes limescale deposits on the hair fibers. Even if you don't necessarily see it, limescale builds up and opens the hair scales, which causes the hair to lose shine. Lemon directly eliminates these sediments and helps tighten the cuticles. It helps us regain the shine of our hair. As for the acidity of the citrus fruit, it creates shiny reflections that illuminate the hair. Be careful, lemon has considerable lightening power, worthy of salon highlights! This is nevertheless natural and much less aggressive than chemical products. To do this, make your own rinse water (the juice of half a lemon in a liter of water) and admire the result!
A gain in volume not to be overlooked
Lemon promotes hair growth and is a natural solution that helps prevent and limit hair loss. As such, it can perfectly be combined with our Resolution N°3 anti-hair loss serum and Resolution N°4, our active regrowth roll-on ! In addition to stimulating hair growth, lemon also provides volume and density. Fine and dull hair can benefit from the fruit and its components to become thicker and silky. Be careful, however, not to overuse lemon, which can make hair dry when used excessively.
The benefits of lemon on the skin
And because we always find the best ingredients for you, lemon doesn't forget our skin and its little concerns...
Antioxidant and anti-aging properties
Lemon contains vitamin C and natural antioxidants. These components fight against excess free radicals in the body and in tissues, particularly skin tissues. Free radicals induce and accelerate cell aging. Lemon helps eliminate excess free radicals and boosts collagen production. As a result, it has real anti-aging actions on the skin of the face. Be careful not to apply it in its pure form: its pH is higher than that of the skin. The best is to use it in a mask, ideally with honey… See you in the DIYs!
Vitamins and minerals galore
Lemon contains large amounts of vitamins, minerals and trace elements that meet the skin's needs. For example, a lack of potassium can lead to dry skin. Lemon is full of it! It absorbs water molecules from the environment and deeply hydrates the skin. Lemon rebalances the natural growth of skin cells. Thanks to its anti-stain properties, it helps erase imperfections and scars over time.
On the other hand, lemon contains calcium . This mineral is essential for skin health, not just bone health. It is necessary to boost the body, mainly after sixty years. But it shows itself to be effective well before then!
Finally, lemon contains magnesium, an essential component for our beauty. A magnesium treatment can give a boost of radiance to the skin. As it is present in lemon, you benefit directly from its benefits. Lemon helps treat acne, redness, enlarged pores and blackheads. Why deprive yourself of it?
Oily, acne-prone skin…
Lemon is often said to help erase skin imperfections. It's true. It is useful for spots, wrinkles and fine lines... As it limits and regulates sebum secretion, it also helps to better regulate oily skin. For problem skin, it combines with honey and a few other ingredients. Lemon is a natural antibacterial and astringent. It can help treat acne-prone and temperamental skin. Masks and skin cleansing are very useful here... In short, lemon does everything!
DIY: our recipes to enjoy the benefits of lemon on hair and skin
Here are our best DIY treatment recipes to enjoy the benefits of lemon on skin and hair!
Cleansing treatment to enjoy the benefits of lemon on hair and skin
Lemon is an excellent ally for the skin. Every morning, you can use a few drops of lemon extract mixed with a little water to refresh your complexion and brighten your skin. Then, add a few drops of lemon juice to your makeup remover milk, but avoid the eye area! But be careful: if you apply lemon to your skin, be careful to protect it from the sun. Indeed, lemon is photosensitizing (like other citrus fruits, notably grapefruit).
Lemon can also be used in the composition of your shampoos, or simply added to the rinse water you choose. You can use it a few times a week, but it is not necessary to apply it every day.
Do you want to make your hair shine naturally? Enjoy the benefits of lemon on hair! Indeed, this fruit is the best ally for dull and dry hair. It helps them become brighter, more radiant... A few ingredients are enough for this treatment. The olive oil and egg will deeply nourish your hair, while the honey will soften it. Lemon will give them shine and the natural radiance you dream of. Gather the following ingredients:
- A few drops of lemon juice;
- A teaspoon of honey;
- Four tablespoons of olive oil;
- An egg yolk.
Mix your spoon of honey with the olive oil, then add an egg yolk and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this mixture to your hair, from roots to ends, and leave it for half an hour under a hot towel. Then rinse your hair with clear, lukewarm water.
Honey and Lemon Face Mask
More honey! More lemon! These two ingredients combine wonderfully. Their benefits on hair and skin are complementary. Honey is ideal for dermatological problems, but also for good hydration of the skin. Lemon is rich in citric acid and vitamin C. It has antioxidant properties and boosts the production of collagen. It can therefore be used to erase or prevent the marks of time and cellular aging. For this mask you will need:
- a teaspoon of organic lemon juice;
- a tablespoon of organic honey of your choice;
- an egg white previously beaten until stiff;
- and a tablespoon of natural yogurt (you can eat the rest).
Mix these few ingredients to obtain a homogeneous paste which you apply to your face. Leave for a quarter of an hour, then rinse with clean water. Your skin will then be hydrated, firmed and healthier!
And there you have it, you know all about the benefits of lemon on the skin and hair! Shine, purification, hydration: lemon has many virtues and goes very well with oils or powders in your favorite DIYs . And above all: it’s an easy ingredient to find! Why do without it? And you, what is your favorite use?