Limes aren't just the tart fruits of tahe Citrus aurantifolia tree --
they're also tiny power houses of vitamins and nutrients. The
nutritional content of limes can be put to use improving the internal
and external health of your face and skin when applied topically or

Facial blemishes caused by acne occur when dirt, oils and dead skin cells clog
your pores. Bacteria trapped in facial pores causes inflammation and
contributes to redness and soreness. Cleansing your face with lime may
help keep acne-causing bacterial growth at bay. Limes possess natural
antibiotic properties. When researchers exposed a variety of bacteria,
including E. Coli and Staphylococcus aureus, to lime oil, the results
showed inhibited growth of these bacteria.

Astringents cause a minute, temporary tightening of muscles. For this reason,
astringents are used to improve the appearance of facial skin and are found
in a number of commercially available beauty products. They're used to
tighten pores and temporarily reduce oil production for a clearer, brighter
complexion. Lime oil has astringent properties when applied topically.

Acid peels slough off dead skin cells. This popular beauty treatment is a
staple of spas and has been used for centuries as an at-home remedy
for improving the appearance and health of facial skin. Lime is 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.

When your body processes nutrients, they oxidize. The results of this
process are molecules that have an uneven number of electrons and are
called free
radicals. Free radicals start a chain reaction within your body, causing
other molecules to oxidize. This entire process leads to a degradation of cells,
which contributes to aging and damaged tissues. Certain vitamins,
including vitamins A and C, act as antioxidants. Antioxidants absorb the
brunt of the free radical chain reaction and allow them to be passed
harmlessly from the body via the urine. Adding limes to your diet can
reduce free radical circulation within your body, leading to reduced
tissue damage and fewer signs of aging, which in turn can lead to a
brighter, more youthful complexion.