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Lemon is commonly suggested as a skin lightening treatment. Citrus fruits, especially lemons, are effective for treating dark spots, acne damage and freckles because they are packed with Vitamin C which is a powerful anti-oxidant. When applied topically to the skin, lemon has been shown to play several roles in preventing hyperpigmentation.
Exfoliation: Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a natural exfoliant which can help to lighten the skin and improve skin tone. The upper layer of the skin (the epidermis) is exfoliated by the acid, removing old skin cells including old cells with dark pigmentation.
The outer layer of our skin naturally exfoliates every 3- 4 weeks as new cells move upwards from the basal layer to the epidermis, gradually dying after they move up. Vitamin C reduces the cohesion between the cells in the outer skin layer causing them slough off. This stimulates the production of new skin cells which makes the skin appear brighter and more youthful. After several months of regular use, there will be a noticeable reduction in fine lines and an overall improvement in skin tone and texture.
Stimulates Collagen: As a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C can help to minimise the cell damage caused by free radicals and it has been shown to stimulate the production of skin collagen. Vitamin C is a water-soluble so it can be readily absorbed into the skin to protect non-water-soluble molecules located within cell membranes.
Applying Vitamin C can help the skin to become stronger with a more even complexion. For this reason, it is often used in anti-ageing products to promote skin peeling and re-growth.
Vitamin C can also boost the level of vitamin E in the body which helps to protect cells from oxidation. This results in healthier skin and more even complexion.
Reduces Melanin Production: Vitamin C in its ascorbyl form has been clinically tested and shown to reduce melanin production in the skin. While melanin has an important role to play, protecting us from the harmful effects of the sunís UV rays, an overproduction of melanin can result in skin problems in the form of dark spots and other areas of hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin C causes skin lightening by interrupting the action of the enzyme tyrosinase which stimulates melanin production in the skin. Studies found that Vitamin C, when applied topically, was effective in "promoting collagen synthesis, photo-protection from ultraviolet A and B, and lightening hyperpigmentation."
Lime is considered as a natural bleaching agent due to its skin lightening properties. It can be used to lighten dark spots. Limes are a citrus fruit and as such contain citric acid. In addition to adding flavor and aroma, the citric acid found in limes helps remove dead skin from your face. Without dead skin hiding the healthy skin cells underneath, your face looks more vibrant and clear. The prompt removal of dead skin also prevents the sloughed cells from clogging up your pores which can help reduce flare-ups of acne and blemishes.or and aroma, the citric acid found in limes helps remove dead skin from your face. Without dead skin hiding the healthy skin cells underneath, your face looks more vibrant and clear. The prompt removal of dead skin also prevents the sloughed cells from clogging up your pores which can help reduce flare-ups of acne and blemishes.