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How to use lemon to lighten dark spots on your skin

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How to use lemon to lighten dark spots on your skin

Dark spots on the skin can appear at any time. Over time, the daily pollution and dirt, chemicals or other environmental factors that our skin is exposed to damage our natural skin tone, causing it to look uneven.

This is why it is so important to moisturise and take care of our skin every day, but what can we do when we already have visible dark spots? If your dark spots come from waxing, you can use one of the wax burn mark removal methods. A good option to try to tone down and reduce them is to use natural treatments such as these lemon-based ones that we show you in this OneHowTo article. Read carefully and learn how to use lemon to lighten your skin.

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Lemon is a citrus fruit that is very high in Vitamin C and it is precisely this nutrient which stops the skin from producing melanin, keeping it looking even, beautiful and slightly brighter. So if you want to reduce dark spots on your face and/or other areas of the body which tend to be darker such as your armpits, knees or elbows, lemon juice is great at helping you to get rid of them. Moreover, lemon is an antioxidant so it also promotes youthful skin, as well as being an astringent, ideal for removing impurities, excess oil and keeping your pores closed.

You can use lemon to whiten your teeth too!


Lemon has many properties for the skin, and skin lightening is one of them. Before using lemon to lighten your skin, for best results exfoliate the area beforehand to really succeed in making your skin lighter. To do this, choose a specific exfoliating face or body scrub and apply it gently to your skin in circular motions. When finished, rinse with plenty of water and your skin will now be ready for the next step in this lightening treatment using lemon.

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To lighten your skin with lemon you just need to juice one lemon and mix with equal parts water. When ready, soak a cotton pad in the mixture and rub it smoothly over the area you want to lighten for a few minutes. Leave the lemon juice on the skin for at least 20 minutes for it to completely absorb. After that, rinse it off with water and apply your normal moisturising cream.

You can also use lemon to whiten your teeth, here is how to do it.


Another way to moisturise and lighten your skin in one is to mix lemon juice with another product with powerful whitening properties such as natural yoghurt. Make a mask using natural yogurt and lemon juice, and apply onto the darkened skin and leave it to soak in for 30 minutes. Rinse off with plenty of water and apply moisturiser.


You can carry out this skin lightening treatment using lemon once a day until you see the results, but if your skin is sensitive it is better to do it every other day. Also, you should also read these recommendations before using this treatment:

  • Use it preferably at night. If you use it during the day, do not expose the skin to sunlight as it may cause new spots to appear in the area.
  • When applying the lemon juice to your face, make sure it does not come into contact with your eyes and avoid applying it to the area around your eyes altogether.
  • To stop this treatment from damaging your skin, keep your skin well hydrated every day.

Lemon is not the only product that can work to even out your skin tone naturally. There are others that are also useful for this such as camomile, hydrogen peroxide. potato juice, milk or rice water. Discover how you can use some of them in our article how to lighten your skin using camomile and how to clarify your skin using hydrogen peroxide.

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linzy Castillo
can a full lemon be used for the face twice a day? - thank you

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