I'll admit it: I haven't been taking the best care of my skin lately. Despite being a skincare junkie, life has sort of gotten in the way and I've slacked a bit when it comes to my routine. I've been falling asleep with my makeup on, skipping a few steps (but never moisturizer!) and, of course, the repercussions have begun to show. My skin recently started looking tired and blotchy and breaking out. In an effort to be proactive about reversing the damage, I went in search of a natural approach that would jump-start it back to a healthy state. I'd heard all about drinking lemon water daily for different purposes, but a friend of mine shared how it worked wonders for her skin. After doing a little research of my own, I realized she wasn't alone—many swear by the concoction for great skin and overall body health. So I figured, why not give it a go? I began every morning with a tall glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice and water. Here's what I learned after one month of putting it to the test.
As much as it's important to detox your skin on the outside, we should also try to detox from the inside. Lemon water helps eliminate harmful toxins that can display external damage on your skin. Think of it as flushing out all the bad stuff. Within a week, my pores were less visible and felt a lot less clogged.
Lemon juice is a natural antibacterial agent. Drinking it can internally banish harmful bacteria or toxic materials from your bloodstream. This will in turn help clarify your skin and help keep it safe. I had been suffering from a string of breakouts that just seemed to keep spreading. As my lemon-water kick progressed, my acne didn't go away entirely but was a lot less frequent.
Because lemon water has such a high vitamin-C content, count on it to brighten things up. We all desire an even skin tone, and the last thing we want to deal with is dark spots or hyperpigmentation. I've always had a difficult time correcting dark spots with topical products, but drinking lemon water has helped make my complexion look more radiant.
Apart from brightening, vitamin C also helps repair damaged skin cells. In the long run, it helped soften my smile lines and under-eye puffiness.