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Does Lemon Promote Clear Skin?

You may have heard numerous reports that lemon—which contains a type of acid called alpha hydroxy acid (or AHA) believed to have potential benefits for the skin—is a skincare powerhouse useful both internally and externally. Of course, with the amount of misinformation that exists in the world of skincare, such claims always merit a closer look before buying in. Today, let’s dive into the use of lemon in skincare, and see if there’s anything to this trend or not.

Woman squeezing lemon juice in a glass of water

Drinking Lemon Water
One proposed use of lemon for the skin is to drink lemon-infused water. The idea here is that it will promote clear skin and help prevent or even get rid of blemishes. Sadly, there is no evidence supporting this claim and there is telling, if anecdotal, evidence by beauty bloggers using a scientific approach and testing the effect for themselves, which suggests that imbibing lemon water has little to no effect on the skin. That said, we can’t rule it out, but we also can’t recommend it, as further study is needed before we can say anything conclusive on the matter.

That said, drinking lemon water occasionally isn’t going to hurt you (just don’t overdo it; if you have much more than a glass a day you might give yourself heartburn from the acidity), and it does taste pretty good. Just don’t hold your breath for your skin to clear up if you do.

Woman holding a piece of lemon

Used in Scrubs and Moisturizer
Another popular use for lemons if to use them or their juice in scrubs, cleanses, moisturizers, masques, etc, etc. The basis of this practice is the presence of alpha hydroxy acids in lemons, which have some medical backing for use in treating sun damage when used in a cream or lotion (not a peel), and for treating dry skin when used—again—a cream or lotion. They are possibly effective for use treating acne as well, but this potential use needs more evidence before we can say anything conclusive.

All this said, while lemon does contain a fair bit of AHAs, it also contains a bunch of other ingredients that may or may not be harmful to your skin. As with most useful ingredients, AHAs are more reliable and effective when extracted, isolated, and used in products in their pure state. Just as taking aspirin is better and safer than chewing willow bark—which does contain the active ingredient in aspirin, but contains it in amounts which can’t be predicted reliably, and contains other things you may not want—so too is using AHA’s when they’ve been professionally isolated and measured.

In short, lemon contains at least one component (AHAs) that might be good for your skin, but please, please, don’t rub a lemon on your face or even squeeze lemon juice into your moisturizer. Instead, find a cream or lotion that contains AHAs for medical use.

The Magic of Vinegar, Baking Soda and Lemons

With spring cleaning fever setting in, you’re probably taking a look at the collection of cleaners you have stored in your home and deciding which one is right for what task. However, you can take this frustration completely out of your spring cleaning by turning to more natural products that you already have in your kitchen. Vinegar, baking soda and lemons are three of the most effective natural cleaners that you can use in every room of your home to get your spring cleaning done as effectively and quickly as possible.

Baking soda

Baking Soda
One of the ingredients for your chocolate chip cookies is also a multi-purpose cleanser that can be used throughout your entire home. Bicarbonate of soda, as baking soda is also known, is a natural cleanser that has serious deodorizing powder and is a highly effective, and yet still gentle, abrasive. Try baking soda to:

  • Polish Your Silverware – To get your silverware sparkling, mix three parts baking soda to one part water. Gently rub each piece of silverware, rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Clean Plastic Storage Containers – Plastic storage containers make storing leftovers and making lunches a snap, but they have a tendency to stain quickly and retain food smells. For tough stains, mix four tablespoons of baking soda with one quart of warm water. Pour mixture into your plastic storage containers and let soak before cleaning. You can add a bit of lemon juice to the mixture for more potency and disinfecting.

Lemon

Lemons
You’ve probably noticed that lemons and citrus are highly popular ingredients in many chemical cleansers. This is because lemons are a natural disinfectant due to their high acidity. You can use lemon juice on its own for things like wiping down a laminate counter (unless raw meat has touched the surface) or you can add it to the other two incredible ingredients above for DIY cleaning. Lemons can:

  • Clean Your Microwave – Slice one lemon and place both halves in a bowl of water and put it in your microwave. Microwave for 45 seconds to loosen any stains that may be in your microwave.
  • Remove Stuck-On Food – Pizza cutters, vegetable slicers and cheese graters are handy kitchen tools, but they tend to be difficult to clean because foods often stick pretty hard. Add some coarse salt to half of a recently juices lemon and scrub in hard to reach places where food gets stuck.

Vinegar, baking soda and lemon

Vinegar
Vinegar has been used for years as an all-purpose cleanser, and white vinegar is the best choice for cleaning purposes. Acetic acid, or white vinegar cuts through even the toughest grease, deodorizes stains and it is a natural disinfectant. Most white vinegars that are sold are available with five percent acetic acid, but you can look at natural health and home shops for vinegar with a higher concentration for more cleaning power. Use vinegar to:

  • Remove Carpet Stains – Stains such as those from animals or wine can be remedied using vinegar. First, you want to soak up as much of the liquid as possible using a sponge or a cloth, then mix one part vinegar and one part warm water. Let the mixture stay on the carpet for two to three minutes, then blot. Repeat this as necessary.
  • Clean the Windows – With the same one to one ratio of vinegar and water, you can pour it into a spray bottle to clean your windows. Pro tip, if you use newspaper, you’re less likely to get lint left behind on your mirrors or windows.

Alone these natural cleansers are effective, but there are also ways that you can combine them for even better results. Make your own all-purpose cleaner by letting lemon peels sit in vinegar for a few days, then add to a spray bottle for a natural citrus spray. When making your spring cleaning lists, you don’t need to add a bunch of bottles of different cleaners, simply head to your grocery store and stock up on these three incredible cleaning agents.

Cleaning with Essential Oils

If you’re planning your spring cleaning strategies this year, consider replacing your chemical cleansers with more natural products. Essential oils can be used to clean any area of your house that you need to tackle during your spring cleaning. Check out three of the most multi-purpose essential oils available and find recipes for creating cleansers with these oils below.

Lemon essential oil

Lemon
Lemon essential oil is perhaps the most commonly used essential oils for household cleaning. This oil is a natural antibacterial as well as a natural antiviral, meaning that it is perfect for nearly every surface and area of your home. You can use lemon essential oil to remove sticky messes such as tape residue or gum, to make your fridge smell fresher and remove tough marks like crayons on your walls. Mix 10 drops of lemon essential oil with ½ cup of olive oil for a homemade wood or leather polish. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a baking soda paste to make a super effective degreaser. One of the greatest things about using lemon essential oil is its light, fresh and clean scent. The scent of lemon can help lift your mood and make you happier, which you may need for seriously stubborn messes.

Tea tree essential oil

Tea Tree
Tea tree oil is commonly used in skin care to help fight acne-causing bacteria, but you can use its antibacterial properties to clean your home as well. Not only is tea tree oil antibacterial, it is also a natural antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral. Seriously, is there anything that tea tree oil can’t do? In a spray bottle, mix 15 drops of tea tree oil with one quart of warm water and use this to clean any surface in your home. For areas that require a bit more potency, like your toilet, mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil with two cups of warm water and use that to really disinfect. You can also take this spray mixture and spritz it around doors and windows, as it is a natural pest deterrent.

Lavender essential oil

Lavender
Lavender is one of the best smelling antibacterial essential oils there is and it can be used for a wide variety of household chores. You can make an all-purpose cleanser by adding 35 drops of lavender essential oil to a spray bottle containing two and one-half of a cup of water and one-quarter of a cup of witch hazel or vinegar. Mix well and use this spray on everything from your kitchen counters to your bathtub. If you have a pet, you know how difficult it can be to remove the odor and stains that occur when an accident happens. Add 15 to 20 drops of lavender essential oil to one box of baking powder. The mixture will clump when you add the oil, but you can work it out with a fork. Sprinkle this mixture on the carpet, allow it to sit for about 15 to 20 minutes, then vacuum it up for a fresh-smelling, clean carpet.

Going more natural with cleansers not only is a bonus for your health, but it is also super cost effective. Because essential oils are so concentrated, you don’t need to use too much of them at a time to see results. A word of caution, if undiluted, some essential oils can be irritating to the skin, so if you’re worried about a reaction, wear a pair of gloves to protect your skin. Start your spring cleaning with a healthy dose of cleaning power and aromatherapy when you use essential oils to clean your home.

Soothing Scents to Try – Vine Vera Reviews

When you’re feeling stressed out and a bit overwhelmed, your first thought is probably not of aromatherapy for relief. But maybe it’s time to rethink your strategy to stressful events. Your sense of smell is the strongest of all five senses in your body. Your olfactory bulbs are part of your limbic system. This means that your olfactory bulbs (how you are able to smell)  are directly linked to areas of the brain involved in processing emotions and learning. You probably have noticed that there are smells you react to by remembering a particular moment or time in your life, and the connection to emotional responses in the brain is why. When you need something soothing during your hectic day, Vine Vera recommends you to try one of these calming scents.

Lavender oil with lavender flowers on a wooden table.

Lavender
Lavender is probably the most well-known scent for reducing stress and promoting a calm, peaceful scent. It is a very popular addition to many sleep products such as eye masks or sprays for your pillow. Lavender has several important benefits. First, lavender contains calming properties that are able to control your stress levels. Secondly, because lavender is so calming, it can help you get a good night’s sleep even in the most stressful times. Lastly, the benefits of lavender are not limited to your emotional concerns, lavender can also help relieve nervous tension and soothe physical ailments such as tension headaches and migraines.

Jasmine oil with jasmine flowers on a wooden table.

Jasmine
Jasmine is much more than a pleasant scent, it has excellent mental benefits for times when you need to just relax. Like lavender, jasmine helps to provide stress relief by calming your nerves. However, jasmine is not just a perfect scent for calmness, it is also recognized as having anti-depressant properties. Jasmine is used to help with issues such as mental blockage and sadness. It is an uplifting scent that gives you increased feelings of confidence and optimism. Additionally, jasmine can help soothe you while providing you with a bit of refreshed energy.

Lemon oil with cut lemons on a mat.

Lemon
You may not immediately associate this yellow fruit with stress relief, but don’t count it out. Lemon is the perfect scent for times when you need to calm down, but remain productive and alert. The scent of lemon helps boost concentration and helps you slow down negative feelings such as stress and anger. At the same time, lemon also induces positive, happy emotions. Some studies using the scent of lemon suggest that it definitely has an impact on your mood and it does indeed improve cognitive function.

So, how do you benefit from these scents without having to lug around bags of lemons and flowers? The most commonly used method of aromatherapy is through the use of essential oils. There are tons of ways to use essential oils no matter where you are. One of the easiest ways to use oils is to grab a small glass and simply add a few drops of your chosen scent. You can also apply essential oils to your body. Doing this is especially helpful on pressure points such as your temples or the inside of your wrists. Lastly, you can buy a diffuser that uses water and the oil to emit a soothing vapor in your surroundings.