When it comes to citrus fruits, lime is a favorite. Whether eaten as a fruit, used in various dishes, or consumed as juice, everyone enjoys this fruit.
There are several varieties of lime to choose from, with colors ranging from medium green to yellow. On ripening, limes turn yellow in color. In India ‘mosambi’ or sweet lime is a popular fruit and its juice is widely sold by roadside vendors. Lime commonly referred as ‘khatta nimbu‘ in Hindi, ‘Nimma Pandu‘ in Telugu, ‘Elumichai pazham‘ in Tamil, ‘Cherunaranga‘ in Malayalam, ‘Nimbe‘ in Kannada, ‘Limbu‘ in Gujarati, ‘Lebu‘ in Bengali, ‘Kagadi Limbu‘ in Marathi and ‘Nimbha‘ in Punjabi.
All over the world, lime is widely used to make jams, pickles, sorbets, snacks, candies, confectioneries, cocktails and other beverages. Apart from consumption, the oil extracted from lime peel is used as an ingredient in skin and hair care products like toothpastes, beauty soaps, deodorants, hair oils, body oils, disinfectants and mouth washes. As is apparent, lime offers many benefits, some of which are listed in this article.
Skin Benefits Of Lime:
Citrus fruits are known for their beneficial effects on the skin and lime is no exception. Lime juice, whether taken orally or applied topically, benefits your skin in several ways. Being rich in powerful antioxidants like Vitamin C, citric acid and flavonoids, lime provides the following benefits to your skin:
1. Treats Dark Spots:
Lime juice is considered as a natural bleaching agent due to its skin lightening properties. It can be used to lighten dark spots. All you need to do is apply it with a cotton ball to the darkened portions of your skin and leave it for 30 minutes. However, ensure that you stay indoors and avoid direct exposure to sunlight this remedy can make your skin sensitive to sunlight. Also, it is advisable to apply sunscreen before venturing out. You can also use this remedy to lighten dark underarms (1).
2. Treats Acne And Blemishes:
Is lime good for acne? Acne, pimples, and blemishes are caused when dirt, oil and dead skin cells clog your pores. Acne and pimples are common problems for people with oily skin. The bacteria present in facial pores aggravate the inflammation, increasing redness and soreness (2). The antibiotic properties of lime juice inhibit the growth of the acne causing bacteria. To keep acne and pimples at bay, you can prepare a face pack of lime juice with honey. While honey possesses antibacterial properties that prevent the growth of bacteria, the acidic nature of lime juice will control excess oil. This face pack should be used every week as part of your skincare regimen. The scars left by pimples can be lightened by massaging some fresh lime juice on them.
3. Anti-Ageing Properties:
With the progression of age and the exposure to UV rays, melanin that imparts color to your skin, can build up and get accumulated in your skin, giving rise to dark spots and other signs of aging. The peel of lime inhibits melanin production. Scrubbing your skin with lime peel or applying facial mask containing bits of lime peel can significantly reduce this hyper-pigmentation (3).
4. Treats Skin Tan:
Excessive sun exposure can tan your skin. Lime juice can be used to remove this tan effectively (4). All you need to do is prepare a face pack by mixing some gram flour (besan) with curd (dahi) and add some lime juice to this mixture. Apply this paste evenly on your skin and allow it to dry. Now wash your face with water and dry it. This face pack should be applied weekly for better results.
5. Treats Open Pores:
Astringents are effective in causing temporary tightening of muscles. That is the reason why they are often used in beauty and skincare products for improving the appearance of your facial skin. Lime oil possesses astringent properties (5) and can be used to tighten pores and temporarily reduce oil production to provide a brighter and flawless complexion.
6. Removal Of Dead Skin:
The citric acid present in lime peels can slough off dead skin cells (6). They are often used in beauty treatments in spas as well as home remedies to improve the health and appearance of facial skin.
[ Read: Benefits Of Mosambi Juice For Health ]
7. Lime For Glowing Skin:
For a glowing complexion, all you need to do is have a glass of lukewarm water with some honey and freshly squeezed lime juice early in the morning regularly. This will provide an inner glow to your skin.
8. Other Benefits:
Lime helps rejuvenate your skin and protects it from infections, thanks to its antioxidant, disinfectant and antibiotic properties. The presence of a large amount of Vitamin C and flavonoids in lime juice helps reduce the body odor and sweat. For this purpose, you can mix some lime juice in your bath water to get a rejuvenating bath experience. When applied externally on your skin, it helps treat bruises and rashes.
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