honey and lemon on face overnight
applying honey and lemon on face overnight
can i leave lemon and honey on my face overnight
can you leave honey and lemon on your face overnight
honey and lemon face mask overnight
How to Make an Anti-Aging Honey and Lemon Face Mask
Updated on November 1, 2019
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I have tried and tested this face mask recipe and found the results to be very promising. Consistent use results in the fading of dark spots, hyperpigmentation and dull skin, revealing younger and fresher-looking skin!
Perfect for all skin types, this treatment is homemade using ingredients easily available in your kitchen and for a fraction of the cost of treatments available in stores. I tend to use this once weekly, but increase application to two to three times a week when I feel my skin is in need of a pick me up.
Upon the first use, you will notice a dramatic improvement in the texture of your skin. It will feel baby soft and look bright. I received many compliments on my skin after using this mask and therefore decided to make it a regular in my skincare regime. Let’s take a look at the benefits of the ingredients we will be using.
Benefits of Lemons
Lemons are a rich source of L-ascorbic acid, otherwise known as pure vitamin C. This vitamin is well known for its potent anti-aging effects due to its role as an antioxidant.
Aging is primarily caused by the production and accumulation of free radicals in the body, which can build up as a result of exposure to environmental toxins, eating unhealthy foods and even natural body processes. Therefore, the role of an antioxidant is to mop up these free radicals and thereby slow down the body’s aging process.
This process, along with the ability of vitamin C to boost collagen production, results in firmer, younger-looking skin. It even reduces hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone over time. Some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet-induced photodamage. One of the ways it does this is by increasing production of collagen, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep set wrinkles.
Individuals with a vitamin C deficiency will often have rough, dry and prematurely aging skin, as well as dry hair. Here is a list of the top benefits of lemon juice for the skin.
- It prevents skin discoloration.
- It improves the texture and elasticity of the skin.
- It imparts a healthy glow.
Benefits of Honey
Honey has been used since ancient times as a skin beauty treatment. Cleopatra, famed for her beauty, was known to use honey regularly for her skin. In fact, she would regularly bathe in a mixture of honey and milk! Research has also shown that the ancient Greeks used honey as a skin treatment as far back as 5,000 BC. So what is it that makes honey so special?
Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it attracts water from its surroundings, providing hydration without leaving an oily residue. When applied topically, this results in fresher and plumper-looking skin. It was traditionally used to dress wounds due to its excellent antimicrobial properties. Applying it to pimples or acne-prone skin will allow the skin to be nourished whilst the honey gently heals. Here are some of the benefits of honey:
- Antibacterial: It fights bacterial imbalances on the surface of the skin, and is great for acne or pimple outbreaks.
- Exfoliator: It will slough off dead skin cells to reveal gorgeous, glowing skin.
- Anti-inflammatory: It heals the skin tissue and will gradually fade away scars.
- Humectant: It absorbs moisture from the environment to leave the skin looking refreshed.
How to Make Your Own Honey and Lemon Anti-Aging Face Mask
Here’s how to make the face mask in the comfort of your own home.
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey (preferably raw)
- Mix both ingredients well and apply a thin layer to a cleansed face.
- Leave on for a minimum of 15–20 minutes, or up to an hour for better results.
- Wipe the mixture off with a warm towel and reveal beautiful, soft and supple skin.
Continue use two to three times a week, and you will begin to notice tighter, brighter skin and the gradual fading of dark marks or pigmentation. Additionally, adding some oatmeal to the mixture can also have a great calming effect on the skin.
Note: Individuals with skin sensitivities or allergies should perform a patch test before applying this mask to ensure there is no allergic reaction. If use causes an adverse skin reaction, then discontinue use immediately, and see your doctor or pharmacist.
Does Applying Lemon on Your Face Help or Hurt Your Skin?
As a rich source of vitamin C and citric acid, lemons are known for their detoxifying effects, especially when you add a few freshly cut wedges to your drinking water.
However, using lemons on your face can cause more damage to your skin than good. Here, we weigh the risks and benefits of lemon juice on the skin.
The purported benefits of using lemon on your skin have to do with the natural acidity of this citrus fruit, as well as its vitamin C content. Lemons are sometimes used for:
Lemon juice has astringent qualities due to its acidic level. Ingredients with a high pH level like lemons can help decrease inflammation and oil that may contribute to the formation of acne.
Furthermore, citric acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), can help break down dead skin cells that lead to noninflammatory forms of acne like blackheads.
Lemons also have antimicrobial effects, which may help tame Propionibacterium acnes bacteria that lead to inflammatory acne.
Skin or hair lightening
Psoriasis and dandruff treatment
Since lemon juice can get rid of dead skin cells, the theory is that it might also alleviate skin patches attributed to psoriasis and dandruff.
The sloughing-off effects are attributed to lemon’s natural levels of citric acid, as AHAs have exfoliating effects on the skin.
Some proponents of using lemon on the skin say that the citrus fruit is a natural method of increasing collagen in your face.
Collagen itself is a protein that naturally breaks down with age, which can then result in fine lines and wrinkles.
As an antioxidant, vitamin C may help prevent free radicals that can damage collagen, leaving you with smoother skin.
Lemon tends to have more side effects than benefits for the skin, making this a risky DIY option for home skin care. The risks can also be greater if you have sensitive skin or you expose your face to the sun after applying lemon.
Skin irritation is the most common side effect from using fruit acids. Lemon is extremely acidic, which can irritate your skin.
You might experience excessive dryness, redness, and peeling of your skin. These effects can be worse if you have sensitive skin. As a rule of thumb, people with sensitive skin ought to stay away from topical lemon applications.
Phytophotodermatitis is a type of skin reaction to citrus fruits, as well as other culprits such as parsley, celery, and carrot plants.
When you have citrus substances on your skin and your skin is then exposed to UV rays, an inflammatory reaction may occur. This can result in symptoms like redness, swelling, and blistering.
Leukoderma, also known as vitiligo, occurs when your skin is lightened due to a loss of melanin, the substance responsible for creating your natural skin color.
While some people use lemon on the skin to lighten dark spots, large, widespread white leukoderma spots may develop instead.
Citrus fruits applied topically can also increase your risk of sunburn. Never apply lemon before going outside in direct sunlight, and don’t use it for several days before any planned outdoor activities.
If you decide to try out fresh lemon as a face treatment, you may start with once-a-day applications. Ideally, you would discontinue using lemon once you see improvements in your complexion.
You shouldn’t use lemon if you know you’re going to be out in the sun, as doing so can increase your risk of sunburn and other side effects.
Lemon is highly acidic, and it may be difficult to catch any side effects that start to develop overnight. It’s best to start out using the product during the daytime when you can monitor your skin.
Also, leaving lemon on your face overnight isn’t a good option if you have sensitive skin.
When applying lemon directly to your face, you’ll want to treat the fruit like you would any new skin care product. Due to its potency and potential side effects, lemon ought to be used as a spot treatment only.
- Do a patch test on an area of skin away from your face, such as the inside of your elbow. Wait one to two days to ensure that no side effects develop before proceeding with using lemon on your face.
- Squeeze a small amount of juice from a fresh lemon onto a cotton ball. Gently apply to the desired area of skin using gentle pressure (don’t rub).
- Once the lemon juice dries, you can continue with the rest of your skin care routine.
- Start with one daily application, potentially working your way up to twice a day.
- Discontinue use if you have side effects.
Due to the risks involved with applying lemon on your face, you’re better off using other remedies that are known to help the skin without hurting it. Talk to a dermatologist about the following:
- coconut oil
- lavender oil
- lemon essential oil (diluted first with a carrier oil)
- tea tree oil (diluted first with a carrier oil)
While the allure of using all-natural lemons on your face can be appealing, only small amounts are safe as an occasional spot treatment — if your skin can tolerate the citrus fruit to begin with.
If you’re still wanting to use lemon, consider using over-the-counter products that contain extracts of the fruit instead so you still benefit from AHAs and vitamin C.
You can also see a dermatologist for treating any specific skin conditions. They will know which treatments are safe for your skin, along with which ones you ought to avoid.