In general, citrus fruits are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are essential for your overall health. The same can be said about limes, which contains a surprising amount of benefits for the body. Besides its amazing nutritional benefits, limes are extremely versatile, they can be used to make a variety of foods and can be consumed in many ways. In fact, the oil from a lime peel are extracted and used as the main ingredient for certain skin care and health products, including deodorants, toothpastes, and body oils.
Benefits of Lime Juice
Limes can be consumed in a variety ways, it can be taken either orally and applied topically to benefit the skin in more ways than one. Lime juice is also a rich source of antioxidants, including flavonoids, citric acid, vitamin C.
Treat Dark Spots
Lime is a great ingredient for treating blemishes and dark spots on the skin. Due to its skin lightening properties, lime acts as a natural bleaching agent and can be used to remedy skin pigmentation, dark underarms and other discolourations occuring on the body. It’s important to note that after applying lime juice to affected areas, you should leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off. it is advised that you avoid sunlight when undergoing treatment as this can make your skin sensitive to sunlight. Be sure to moisturise after washing the affected areas. Lime juice is highly acidic to certain parts of your skin, so there’s a high possibility that it will dry out your skin after prolonged use. Another advantage of lime juice is its ability to diminish the appearance of acne scars on the skin.
Clear Acne and Blemishes
Lime contains antibiotic properties that aid in impeding the growth of bacteria on the skin. Although it’s a well-known fact that acne, blemishes and pimples are caused by clogged pores, it is also important to remember that it is the bacteria found in facial pores that are responsible for exacerbating the inflammation on the skin, causing it to swell and redden. The antibiotic properties of lime not only inhibit the growth of bacteria on the skin, it can also prevent future breakouts and keep acne and pimples at bay. Lime juice is acidic, so much so that it is potent enough to remove excess oil from the skin. To effectively remove blemishes and dark spots, combine lime juice with honey to make a face mask. The antibacterial properties in honey will work to effectively prevent the growth of bacteria on the skin.
Reverse The Effects Of Sun Damage
Prolonged and unprotected exposure to sunlight can have adverse effects on the skin. In fact, long-term sun damage can potentially increase the risk of skin cancer. When there is a build up of melanin, the pigment which is responsible for giving your skin, eyes and hair its colour, there is a risk of premature ageing. Too much melanin also causes the onset of visible signs of ageing on the skin and gives rise to the development of dark spots and other skin issues. Although lime juice contains skin lightening properties, the peel of the lime aids impeding the production of melanin in the skin. Using lime peel as a scrub or as a face mask will greatly help to address skin issues, including reducing hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage. Lime juice can also be used to reverse a sun tan quickly and restore your skin to its former glory.
Treats Open Pores
Lime juice is a natural astringent, this means it is an effective ingredient in tightening pores in the skin. Astringents are typically found in skin care products and are noted for improving the overall appearance of your skin. When applied topically, lime juice not only tightens pores, it will also reduce excessive oil in the skin and provide a clearer and brighter complexion. Make sure you dilute the lime juice and do a test patch to see if your skin is sensitive to it.
Removes Dead Skin
As a citrus fruit, it’s no surprise that lime is a rich source of citric acid. Acid peels are great for removing dead skin cells. In addition to removing dead skin cells to reveal healthy and new skin, citric acid in limes also prevents the buildup of dead skin cells and helps to keep your pores clear. This helps to keep acne, pimples and other skin issues caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells at bay. Regular use of citrus peels (depending on your skin condition) can lead to youthful and glowing skin.
Heal You From The Inside
Besides its topical use, lime juice has a lot of benefits when consumed orally. Lime juice has has the potential to combat and impede the effects of free radical damage on the body. Free radicals can lead to a number of chronic illnesses and health conditions. Free radicals are also notorious for damaging skin cells and accelerating the ageing process. Consuming lime juice not only reduces the circulation of free radicals in the body, but also reduces the tissue damage and slows down the visible signs of ageing, leaving you with youthful and supple looking skin.
Although lime juice has numerous benefits for the skin, it’s important to note that it is also high in citric acid. This means it has the potential to dry out sensitive skin, especially after prolonged periods of use. Make sure your skin is adequately moisturised after each session of treatment and ensure that you are not over-treating your skin with citric acid.