As mentioned in a previous post, vitamin C delivers some major skin benefits. In the form of a serum, it can brighten and repair skin, reducing the appearance of post-acne dark spots. But there’s also another way to reap the benefits of vitamin C: drinking a daily glass of lemon water.
Although there are no scientific studies that drinking lemon water will reduce acne, lemons are packed with antioxidants and are proven to have anti-inflammatory properties. According to EcoWatch.com, “The antioxidants in lemons are also powerful anti-inflammatory agents. They can help to reduce swelling (even minor internal swelling), thereby enabling your body to repair any damaged tissue.” This means anyone experiencing skin inflammation and redness could likely benefit from lemon water.
How to Drink Lemon Water
For best results, you’ll want to drink your lemon water first thing in the morning before breakfast or coffee. Heat 1 cup of water until it is warm but not too hot (warmer water is better for digestion and will hydrate you faster than cold water) and mix it with the juice from 1/2 of a lemon. To protect your teeth from the acidity, I recommend drinking it through a metal straw.
Personally, I cannot say enough good things about lemon water, I’ve been drinking every morning for several months and have noticed that my skin is brighter, clearer, and even less oily. It is quick and affordable, and once you get into the habit of it it will be as easy to remember as pouring your morning coffee. Enjoy!
*Warning: There are many articles online touting the benefits of putting lemon water or lemon juice directly on your face. I wouldn’t recommend this for people with sensitive skin because skin irritation is a common side effect of fruit acid. Instead I would recommend using a Vitamin C Serum to get the same benefits without the risk of irritation.