Lime and your skin

The way your skin looks and feels testifies to how much care you give to it. Most people go to the extent of getting expensive creams and going on crazy diets all in order to get the kind of skin they desire. Lime juice either taken orally or applied topically, benefits your skin in several ways. Being rich in powerful antioxidants like Vitamin C, citric acid, and flavonoids, lime provides the following benefits to your skin: 1. Treats Dark Spots Lime juice is considered as a natural bleaching agent due to its skin lightening properties. It can be used to lighten dark spots. Apply it with a cotton ball to the darkened portions of your skin and leave it for 30 minutes. However, ensure that you stay indoors and avoid direct exposure to sunlight as this remedy can make your skin sensitive to sunlight. Also, it is advisable to apply sunscreen before venturing out. You can also use this remedy to lighten dark underarms. Regular intake of lime juice also synthesize a fair amount of collagen in your body, which firms the skin and gives you a soft and toned look.2. Treats Acne And Blemishes how-limeAcne, pimples, and blemishes are caused when dirt, oil and dead skin cells clog your pores. Acne and pimples are common problems for people with oily skin. The bacteria present in facial pores aggravate the inflammation, increasing redness and soreness. The antibiotic properties of lime juice inhibit the growth of the acne causing bacteria. To keep acne and pimples at bay, you can prepare a face mask of lime juice with honey. While honey possesses antibacterial properties that prevent the growth of bacteria, the acidic nature of lime juice will control excess oil and scrub off dead skin. The scars left by pimples can be lightened by massaging some fresh lime juice on them. 3. Anti-Aging Properties Drinking lime water is an excellent way to restore your age. Being loaded with antioxidants, it prevents free radicals from damaging the skin cells and repairs the damages caused by UV rays at the same time. As a result, you get young-looking skin for a longer period. The peel of lime inhibits melanin production. Scrubbing your skin with lime peel or applying facial mask containing bits of lime peel can significantly reduce hyper-pigmentation caused by exposure to UV radiation. 4. Treats Skin Tan Excessive sun exposure can tan your skin. Lime juice can be used to remove this tan effectively. Prepare a face mask by mixing some gram flour with curd and add some lime juice to this mixture. Apply this paste evenly on your skin and allow it to dry. Wash your face with water and dry it. This face mask should be applied weekly for better results. 5. Treats Open Pores Astringents are effective in causing temporary tightening of muscles. Lime oil possesses astringent properties and can be used to tighten pores and temporarily reduce oil production to provide a brighter and flawless complexion. 6. Removes Dead Skin The citric acid present in lime peels can slough off dead skin cells. They are often used in beauty treatments in spas as well as home remedies to improve the health and appearance of facial skin. 7. Glowing Skin For a glowing complexion, all you need to do is have a glass of lukewarm water with some honey and freshly squeezed lime juice early in the morning regularly. This smoothens out the procedure of digestion, which facilitates the absorption of essential nutrients by cells which in turn provides an inner glow to your skin. Lime helps rejuvenate your skin and protects it from infections, many thanks to its antioxidant, disinfectant and antibiotic properties. The presence of a large amount of Vitamin C and flavonoids in lime juice helps reduce the body odor and sweat. For this purpose, you can mix some lime juice in your bath water to get a rejuvenating bath experience. When applied externally on your skin, it helps treat bruises and rashes. Wouldn't it be nice to ditch some of the expensive chemicals and try out this home remedy, what does it cost? You can always go back if it doesn't work, but note that patience with consistency is required. Glow on!


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