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Sun exposure, acne and aging can do a number on your complexion, causing discoloration and uneven skin tone. If chemicals make you cringe, try adding a less harsh, natural method to your beauty bag of tricks. Using lemon and honey to even out skin tones may help you achieve a smooth, flawless, radiant complexion.
Skin Tone Facts
The saying "soft as a baby's bottom" has much truth going for it: During childhood, your skin tends to be smooth and even. As certain factors take their toll on your complexion, such as sun exposure, acne, aging, broken capillaries, diet and stress, dead skin cells accumulate and the pigmentation of your skin cells change. According to the website A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, more than 14 million Americans are affected by the problem. While you can't turn back the hands of time, lemon and honey may help. Together, the duo create a natural bleach and moisturizing remedy that can even out blotchy, discolored skin.
Lemon and Honey Skin Toner
Lemons are an acidic fruit that can help your skin maintain its proper pH, an important factor in keeping even skin tone. Barbara Close, an herbalist based in East Hampton, New York, claims that the citric acid in lemons has bleaching properties that help to reduce age spots, fade freckles and lighten skin tone. Honey also helps bleach skin while acting as a moisturizing agent. Make a lemon and honey skin toner by combining a quarter-tsp. of honey and 2 tsp. of lemon juice to 2 tsp. of warm distilled water and 2 tsp. of witch hazel, in a clean bottle. Shake well, apply the solution with a cotton ball and allow the toner to dry on your skin.
Honey not only helps prevent your skin from dryness, another factor that can contribute to uneven skin tone, but it also has antibacterial properties that can help fade age spots and acne scars. Oily, acne-prone complexions have slower rates of skin cell turnover. Lemon juice helps remove excess oil and accelerates natural exfoliation. Make a homemade exfoliator by combining 2 tbsp. of oatmeal with 2 tsp. of lemon juice and 1 tsp. of honey to make a loose paste. Apply it on your face, leave it on for five minutes, then rub it off in a circular motion with your fingertips. Rinse with warm water.
Let the fantastic duo work their magic by making a lemon and honey facial mask to heal, moisturize and balance dry, discolored skin. Combine 1 tsp. of lemon juice to 1 tbsp. each of honey, mashed avocado and finely ground oatmeal. Apply it to your face and allow it to dry for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.