When life gives you a lemon, you use them to get rid of a variety of hair and skin problems.

Lemon works in many wonderful ways. Rich in multiple nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein, this citric fruit is one that can take care of multiple problems of your skin and hair.


how to use lemon for hair and skin

Below mentioned are some uses of how lemon can help you with your hair and skin problems. Try it to believe it.

Uses of Lemon for Hair

Method 1: Promotes Hair Growth

Lemon is acidic and helps make frizzy and dull hair shine. The lemon extract helps seal the cuticles of the hair, which helps the hair become stronger.

Rosemary oil will help increase hair growth. Make sure oils being used are organic, pure essential oils.


Things you’ll need:

things you'll need for hair growth

  • Lemon juice (a rich source of vitamin C) — 1 tablespoon
  • Honey (a natural humectant) — 2 tablespoons
  • Argan oil (provides nourishment) — 2 teaspoons
  • Rosemary essential oil (aids hair growth) — 3 to 4 drops

Step 1: Add lemon juice, honey, argan oil, and rosemary essential oil to a jar

add lemon juice, honey, olive oil and rosemary oil to a jar

  • Put 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a jar.
  • Pour 2 teaspoons of argan oil in the jar.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of honey in the jar.
  • Add in 3 to 4 drops of rosemary essential oil.

Step 2. Whisk the solution

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  • Whisk the solution well using a hand blender.

Step 3. Use the lemon blend to promote hair growth

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  • Apply the lemon blend to your hair and scalp until they are fully covered in the mixture.
  • Let the mixture sit for not more than 10 minutes.
  • Rinse and shampoo your hair thoroughly thereafter.
  • If left, store the mixture in an airtight jar for future uses. It should keep well for about 2 weeks.

Method 2: Dandruff Removal

Dandruff is a common hair problem. But worry no more, lemon juice along with argan oil will help relieve your dandruff and will make your hair shiny and strong.


The antifungal properties of lemon help in removing dandruff, and relive you from dry and itchy scalp infections.

Note: Avoid going out in the sun with lemon in your hair as it may have a bleaching effect.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need for dandruff removal

  • Lemon juice (antifungal agent and exfoliant) — 2 teaspoons
  • Argan oil (provides nourishment) — 4 tablespoons

Step 1. Combine argan oil and lemon juice together

combine coconut oil and lemon juice

  • Pour 4 tablespoons of argan oil into a container.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.

Step 2. Whisk and store

whisk and store

  • Blend the solution well using a hand blender.
  • Gently massage the solution to your scalp for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Leave overnight.
  • Shampoo your hair the next morning.

Using this solution once or twice a week will help you prevent dandruff and will also reduce the chances of scalp irritation.

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Method 3: Head Lice Treatment

Lice are not nice. They make you scratch your head so hard; you want to rip your hair apart. They multiply at a significant rate and easily spread from one head to the other.

But lemon can help. Rich in citric acid, applying lemon juice to your hair will result in lice removal. It is the natural and harmless way of getting the lice out.

Also, garlic paste in the mixture acts as a catalyst and speeds up the process so that you get a head clear of lice effectively in time.

Note: Do a patch on your scalp before following the remedy. If lemon irritates your scalp, dilute it with water or consider using another remedy.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need for head lice treatment

  • Lemon juice (contains citric acid) — 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic paste (aids lice removal) — 3 tablespoons

Step 1. Combine lemon juice and garlic paste

combine lemon juice and garlic paste

  • Take 3 tablespoons of garlic in a bowl.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in the bowl.

Step 2. Mix and store

mix and use

  • Stir to mix the ingredients well.
  • Make a small batch for single-use or spoon the leftover garlic–lemon paste in an airtight jar and store in a refrigerator for not more than 1 week.

Step 3. Apply on hair to kill lice

apply on hair

  • Apply the paste to your scalp, covering the hair scalps to ends.
  • Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes and shampoo as usual.
  • Remove the dead lice and nits with a good-quality nit comb.

Method 4: Treat Oily Scalp

The sebum secreted from the sebaceous glands in excess can make your scalp oily. Oily scalps tend to have increased hair problems.

Applying lemon juice to your scalp can help control an oily scalp.

Single-Step Treatment: Apply lemon juice to treat oily scalp

treat oily scalp with lemon juice

  • Gently massage the lemon juice to your oily scalp.
  • Dilute lemon juice with equal quantity of water if it feels sensitive on your scalp.
  • Let it sit for about 15 minutes.
  • Shampoo as usual and pat your hair dry with a towel.

Uses of Lemon for Skin

Method 1: Acne Removal

Lemon works like a magic treatment for acne on your skin. It unclogs the pores by removing sebum and sloughing off the dead skin cells.

Its acidic nature also fights off the acne-causing bacteria. The acid in the lemon will help reduce scarring

Note: Lemon can make your skin photosensitive. Avoid sun exposure for at least 12 hours after applying lemon. Use a good-quality sunscreen thereafter.

Single-Step Treatment: Dilute lemon juice and apply on acne-affected skin

dilute lemon juice and apply on acne affected skin

  • Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to a small spray bottle filled with about 2 tablespoons of water.
  • Spray and apply the solution to the acne-affected skin.
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing off with fresh cold water.
  • You can store the remaining solution in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Regular applications 2 or 3 times a day are advised, till the desired results are met.

Method 2: Moisturize Skin

If you have dry skin, you know how difficult it is to keep it moisturized all the time. Dry skin is often flaky that prevents the moisturizing agents from being absorbed into the skin.


But lemon juice mixed with jojoba oil and honey can help keep even the excessively dry skin areas moisturized.

Lemon juice gently exfoliates the skin, removing the flakes on the skin. This allows the hydrating agents such as jojoba oil and honey to penetrate deep and moisturize the skin from within. They also help repair and heal the skin.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to moisturize skin

  • Lemon juice (natural exfoliant) — 1 tablespoon
  • Honey (a natural humectant) — 1 tablespoon
  • Jojoba oil (provides nourishment) — 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine lemon juice with honey and jojoba oil

combine lemon juice with honey and olive oil

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a small bowl.
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil to the bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey.

Step 2. Whisk and store

whisk and store

  • Use a hand blender to whisk the solution thoroughly.
  • Pour the solution in a bottle to use and store for future purposes. Use a funnel for transferring; else you may end up spilling some of the solutions out.
  • This DIY lemon moisturizer should keep well for up to 1 week when stored in a refrigerator.

Step 3. Use a DIY lemon moisturizer on dry skin

use diy lemon moisturizer on dry skin

  • Apply the solution to the dry areas of the skin.
  • Let it sit there for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with water thereafter.

Use once or twice a day regularly to notice positive results within 2 weeks. Continue use to maintain healthy skin.

Method 3: Exfoliate Skin

Lemon is quite an efficient exfoliant due to the presence of citric acid in it, which helps in shedding away the dead skin cells.

It also contains vitamin C which can give you clear and glowing skin.

Note: If you have dry skin issues or have sensitive skin, improvise by supplementing the recipe with hydrating agents such as honey or jojoba oil.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to exfoliate skin

  • Lemon juice (natural exfoliant) —2 tablespoons
  • Granulated sugar (natural exfoliant) —¼ cup

Step 1. Combine salt and lemon juice

combine sugar and lemon juice

  • Put ¼ cup of salt into a bowl.
  • Pour in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Step 2. Mix and store

mix, use and store

  • Stir well to mix the ingredients properly.
  • Transfer the contents to an airtight container and store for up to 1 week under refrigeration.

Step 3. Exfoliate skin with lemon scrub

exfolaite skin with lemon scrub

  • Massage the lemon scrub onto your skin for 1 or 2 minutes and let it sit for some time, say 10 minutes.
  • Rinse well with cool water and pat dry. Apply non-comedogenic moisturizer to lock in the moisture.

Method 4: Treat Oily Skin

Oily skin will no longer be a problem with lemon and witch hazel at work.

Lemon takes away the excess oil of your skin without harming the glands that produce it. A win-win situation for you and better than the harmful chemical products you would otherwise apply on your skin to get an oil-free skin.

This combination also works as an astringent and toner.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to treat oily skin

  • Lemon juice (removes excess oil, acts as a toner) — 2 tablespoons
  • Distilled water — 1 tablespoon
  • Witch hazel (astringent properties) — 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Mix lemon juice, water, and witch hazel

mix lemon juice, water and witch hazel

  • Pour 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a jug.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of distilled water to it.
  • In the end, add 2 tablespoons of witch hazel to the solution.

Step 2. Store and use

transfer and store well

  • Pour the contents of the jug into a spray bottle for easy application and storage.
  • This solution can be stored for about 1 week under refrigeration.
  • Apply a light spray of the solution on your oily skin.
  • Let it stand for 10 minutes, and rinse with cold water later.

Method 5: Cleanse Skin

Lemon juice cleanses your skin effectively. It helps to unclog the pores and remove excess sebum from the skin.

This makes it the perfect solution for recurring skin problems such as blackheads, whiteheads, acne, and breakouts.

Tea tree essential oil, in addition, lends its powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents and protects your skin from any further infections.

These DIY lemon cleaning wipes with tea tree oil are easy to procure and make for an easy skin-care routine. Always use organic essential oils.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to cleanse skin

  • Lemon juice (natural exfoliant) — 2 tablespoons
  • Distilled water — ½ cup
  • Tea tree essential oil (antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties) — 5 to 6 drops
  • Cotton pads

Step 1. Mix lemon juice and tea tree oil with water

mix lemon juice and tea tree oil with water

  • Pour 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in ½ cup of distilled water.
  • Add 5 to 6 drops of tea tree essential oil to the solution.
  • Stir well to mix the ingredients.

Step 2. Soak the cotton pads with the solution, store, and use

soak cotton pads with cotton

  • Stack the cotton pads into a small airtight container.
  • Pour the solution over the cotton pads, soaking them completely with the solution.
  • Use the soaked cotton pads as cleansing wipes on your skin.
  • Store the wipes in the refrigerator for up to 1 week and use as required.

final skin cleansing wipes

Additional Tips

  • You can jazz up the lemon juice toner for oily skin by substituting distilled water with good-quality rose water.
  • While making cleaning skin wipes, you can substitute lemon juice with organic lemon essential oil to extend their shelf life. Also, you won’t have to refrigerate it so that you can carry it on the go.
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice is advised over packaged juice as it is free of preservatives.
  • Lemon remedies are best applied after sundown, as it guarantees protection from sun exposure for a few hours at the very least.
  • Lemon juice is acidic in nature and can cause your skin to dry out. Apply a good non-comedogenic moisturizer after its use on the skin.

Summary of How to Use Lemon for Hair and Skin

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