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When Life Gives You Lemons, Celebrate and Look Beautiful



Though infamous, lemons are probably one of the best gifts the school called life might ever throw your way. Freshly squeezed lemon juice has been a well kept beauty secrets for centuries. People in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt fully maximized the benefits of this fruit and we’ve all heard tales of how stunning they were.

Here’s why the people of old had lemon juice in their beauty stash and why you should too.


Cleanser: Lemons contain citric and plant acids which are effective in the treatment of acne and other skin blemishes. They act as a cleanser to rid the skin of dirt and excess oils that clog our pores. The acids are similar to what is contained in on-the-spot acne treatments so they reduce the size of pimples by drying them up. There are many different ways in which you can use a mix of lemon juice and other natural products to create cleansing products at home. Sugar, honey, eggs, milk and other foods can all be mixed with lemon juice in varying proportions for effective but pocket friendly skincare treatment. I recently created a recipe for a nourishing face mask that includes lemon juice and I’m loving what it’s doing to my skin.

Toner: Apart from cleansing, lemon juice serves double face duty by also acting as a toner. It helps to tighten pores back to their original size, keeping the face taut to prevent premature aging. It is also naturally brightens and rejuvenates the skin if used a few times a week. Additionally, lemon juice is known to fade acne spots and scars to give a more even skin tone over time. Diluting the juice with a bit of tap water, you will have one of the best toners available on the market. Don’t forget your moisturizer though as the acids in lemon juice are very drying and may sting the face slightly. Your moisturizer will restore balance to your face and soothe your skin.


If you have dark elbows, knees or dark patches on any other areas of your body, applying some freshly squeezed lemon juice to the area will serve to fade the dark patches away over time.
Pouring a cup of lemon juice in your bath water and soaking up once a week is a relaxing way to treat yourself and get glowing skin at the same time. You shouldn’t leave your hands and feet out of all the pampering though. When they feel tired, achy or cracked, pour some warm water into a bucket, a cup of milk and a cup of lemon juice. Soak for about 30mins whilst listening to some calming music. This is a natural way to distress and it will leave your hands and feet looking smother and softer.


For your hair, there are many hair care remedies that involve the use of lemon juice. It can be used whilst making a deep conditioner along with eggs, olive oil, mayonnaise and all that good hair stuff. The juice is also known to be used in the treatment of dandruff and itchy scalps.


Lemon juice has been lauded by nutritionists and scientists all over the world for its detoxifying abilities. A drink of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water helps to rid the liver of harmful toxins and gives your insides a good cleanse. I went on a lemon juice detoxification for 10days and believe me when I tell you that my skin, hair and nails never looked better. The internal cleansing also made me drop a few kilos. Win, Win, Win, Win!
The benefits of lemon juice don’t stop here; they extend to your kitchen. It is a very popular flavoring that gives a zing to beef and fish dishes. Add some lemon juice when marinating steak or squeeze on fish before popping it into the oven and you’ll notice how it brings out the yummy flavors in your food.

So next time life gets a little cheeky and hands you lemons on a platter, don’t just make lemonade, you know what to do. 🙂

Yewande Sobamowo blogs about fashion and beauty at

Yewande Thorpe is a Digital Communications expert working for an MNC in Nigeria. Outside of her professional life, Yewande owns and manages one of the foremost beauty blogs in Nigeria, where she focuses primarily on sharing her knowledge of beauty and skincare as it concerns the African woman. Her scope sometimes broadens into fashion, food and travel because they are indeed some of life's finer things. Connect with her on Instagram @shelovesthefinerthings and Twitter @SLTFT_Blog


  1. lily

    September 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Oh yes I definitely know what to do with them lemonades now!!!

  2. kem

    September 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

    hmmm indeed God blessed us already with natural resources all we need is wisdom, not chemicals….good post,

  3. lily

    September 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Oh yes I definitely know what to do with them lemons now!!!

  4. maggi

    September 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    i have being squeezing lemon in my water for a week now so that i loose a few pounds…pls is that a good thing and i want to know if its rily effective and how else i can use the lemons to aid weight loss.

    • fulani hair

      September 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      I did that for months. I squeezed lemon into green tea and drank two cups everyday. Good stuff.

  5. oyinkansola souza

    September 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    wow….am gonaa try it out

  6. dotun

    September 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Lemons can also be used as a deodorant. just cut into two and rub into the armpit. leave on for 15 minutes before washing off. keeps it odourless for at least three days. careful not to put on broken skin though.

  7. nikki

    September 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Yewi!!! great post! proud of u girl, keep up the amazing job. Now to comment properly on the post lol, i use lemon juice as my toner at night, been doing this for a few days now and i swear my dark spots are getting lighter…i also add lemon juice to my green tea to mask the unpleasant taste.

    • fulani hair

      September 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      I did that for months. I squeezed half a lemon into green tea and drank two cups everyday. Good stuff.

    • masked

      September 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      hey Nikki…do you rub the lemon directly on your face or you mix it with water cos i av dark circles on my eyes and i rily wanna clear it off.

  8. cathy

    September 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    will start trying it out

  9. bonita

    September 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    very enlightening…

  10. Priscy

    September 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I have learned from this post…thank you

  11. Ama

    September 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    yeah Lemon juice can also be used as a nutural lightener.It can be used to lighten hair or body..I used to apply it on my lips when I experienced darkened lips…and it workd..

  12. Kemi

    September 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Hmmm… thanks for this post! Definitely going to try it out..

  13. saphyah

    September 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I learnt that Lemon mixed with tomato juice and glycerine can also clear sun burn….

  14. Laberry Afrique

    September 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm


  15. huh?

    September 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Wow,I ve dark lips you just apply with cotton wool,or hands?

  16. Brandigest

    September 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Learning not only from the article but from comments too. This piece has helped in two-folds.

  17. Oma

    September 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    You just gave away my lil beauty secret for free. lol.
    Lemons are a trusted multi-purpose beauty remedy.

  18. Monique

    September 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Pls I need to knw more, do u just cut it and apply on d area or squeeze out d juice add to bathing water?

  19. tina

    September 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    can i add lemon to my cream

    • auntie

      September 4, 2012 at 2:59 am

      e reach to ask! lol

  20. Adaora

    September 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Great write up as always yewi…we sure know what to do with lemons now 🙂

  21. Bee

    September 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Remember to wear sunscreen when using lemon to lighten as it makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. It works but you have to be patient!

  22. Tai

    September 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Awesome stuff. been battling some terrible facial spots for a while… I know you said Lemon but can Lime do the same?

  23. Alero

    September 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Please do Lemons and Limes serve same purpose?

    • Anon

      September 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Lemon is milder than lime. My aunty uses limes instead of lemons, while i use lemons. If you have sensitive skin, always water it down with rosewater as it once stripped my skin.

    • Alero

      September 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Anon!

  24. Lilian

    September 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I really like this article on Lemon and i’m gonna try it out, especially 4 my hair and face. Thanks dearie for sharing this. Much Love!

  25. giggy

    September 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

    lemon lemony …..this is an eye opener. thanks poster

  26. Yewande Sobamowo

    September 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks everyone, I have also learnt a lot from the comments! 😀

  27. Dazzle

    September 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I recently made my own black soap with lemon and honey and I lurvvv the result , most of my bacne ( acne on the back) scars are fading out pretty fast and everyone keeps saying I’m glowing ! 🙂

    • Didy

      June 28, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      pls how did you make the black soap?

  28. Bella Naija Critic

    September 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

    i use lime instead of lemons, and i can promise you, it works! i once had bad blackheads from a facial gone wrong and lime and green tea is a miracle worker. for the ladies asking, i squeeze mine on a cotton pad and swipe my face as i would a cleanser over night, wash off 1st thing in the morning, lime is harsh and can be drying, so i apply my clinique moisturiser with sunscreen(to avoid sun burn) and within a week, my spots faded noticeably and my skin is smoother and less oily. cheap trick i love.

  29. charles

    September 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    wow nyc

  30. tolu

    September 17, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Nice article…
    But is this meant for us in naija?
    Cos d only place i see lemons here is in shoprite.
    Limes grow everywhere here.
    I know they are similar, but apparentely 1 is harsher than d other.
    Pls do an article on lime na… For d rest of us that life throws limes to.

    • tosin ogungbe

      September 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Lol. Yes o, please!! Do an article on limes too. Although, when in doubt, Google is your best friend.

    • Anonymous

      February 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Of course. We havery plenty lemons in Naija. The ones you see in Shoprite are the imported ones and I can bet, they’re not organic. Our home grown lemons are better and cheaper than the imported ones you see in Shoprite. I usually buy 6 of the Naija grown lemons for N200. Next time you go to the market, ask and ye shall find…lol

  31. Cecilia umheni

    September 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I like the article but i don’t know a good moisturiser with sunscreen to light skin person

  32. Paulaa

    November 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Learnt from poster and comments! Thanks all.

    • debby

      May 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Splendid! Kudo to you guys.

  33. Lizzy

    June 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I like this post on lemon but i stil want to know if it can be use as body lotion wit natural honey.

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