How to Use Lemons to Make Knees Smoother & Lighter

Rubbing lemon juice on your knees regularly smooths and lightens your skin.
Rubbing lemon juice on your knees regularly smooths and lightens your skin. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Knees can develop callouses, dry skin and dark discolorations, just like elbows. If you want a natural beauty aid to help improve the appearance of your knees, just juice a lemon. The natural citric acid content in lemons can help make your knees smoother and lighter. Applying lemon juice assists in exfoliation, the removal of dead surface skin cells. Lemon juice also has a natural bleaching effect. It has stain-removing properties and is used to fade freckles, according to the New Zealand Dermatological Society. Consult your doctor about skin problems or any medical conditions before trying any remedies.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemons (preferably organic)
  • Knife
  • Juicer (optional)
  • Small, wide-mouthed glass jar with lid
  • Natural sponge
  • Moisturizer or natural oil such as olive oil, coconut oil or cocoa butter

Wash a lemon and cut it in half. Use a juicer to juice half of the lemon, or squeeze the juice out of the lemon half by hand into a glass container such as a small jar. Lemon juice can react with metal, plastic and certain ceramic glazes, so using glass ensures the container won't contaminate your lemon juice.

Dip a natural sponge into the lemon juice and squeeze out the excess. Rub the lemon juice on your knees, covering the rough skin area and all off the darkened skin. Avoid dripping lemon juice onto other areas of skin to avoid a lightening effect on normal-colored skin.

Leave the lemon juice on for at least 30 minutes. Rinse the lemon juice off with plain water.

Pat your knees dry and apply moisturizer. Moisturizer helps to seal in the hydration from the water and reduce the appearance of skin roughness. It also soothes the skin after the citric acid treatment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and rose water if you have sensitive skin. The rose water reduces the acidity of the solution to reduce the risk of irritation, and you'll still receive the benefits of the lemon juice.
  • Apply lemon juice to your knees daily -- first thing in the morning before you shower, for example, or in the evening before bed. Moisturize your knees every day to help improve your skin texture. Smooth on moisturizer after you shower or bathe to seal in moisture.
  • Using a loofah, a rough-textured sea sponge, helps speed up the exfoliation process to help reveal smoother, lighter skin on your knees
  • Lemon juice may cause skin irritation in some people. Apply lemon juice on a nickle-sized area in an inconspicuous place, such as on your upper arm, and wait 24 hours. If there's any redness or other skin reaction, don't apply undiluted lemon juice to your skin.
  • Avoid sun exposure after using lemon juice because your skin will be more sensitive to the sun. Use sunscreen daily to avoid skin darkening and sun damage.
  • Commercial lemons can contain chemicals that may increase your risk of a negative reaction. Waxes and dyes used on commercial lemons may cause skin reactions, the website DermNet NZ reports. Use organic lemons, if possible.

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