Rejuvenating Lemon Facial Recipe

This refreshing gently-abrasive scrub, rich in alpha-hydroxy acids and vitamin C, gives a boost to our spirits while it sloughs away the tired dead skin from last year and even diminishes the appearance of age spots.

You won’t believe how easy this is. It only takes two common household ingredients, and the fragrance is so bright and mouth-watering, a lovely way to start the New Year with zest!

Salt is one of the best antibacterial ingredients ever, and it is slightly abrasive. Lemon juice exfoliates as it cleans.


cup sea salt
Enough lemon juice to make a paste

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Dab gently on your face with fingertips or a cotton ball, then massage into your skin, being careful to avoid your eyes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Adapted from Better Basics for the Home, by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Annie Berthold-Bond. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Better Basics for the Home, by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999).

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Alice B.
Alice B.3 years ago

question - is the girl in the photo using a different product other than the result of this facial/recipe? The blob she's spreading on her face looks more like a commercial creme.

New G.
New G.3 years ago

Thank you.

Arifiana Wijayanti

will try this recipe soon. thanks for sharing

Nia M.
Nia M.4 years ago

Looks yummy!

Mervi R.
Mervi R.4 years ago

Brilliant, thanks!

Lynn C.
Lynn C.4 years ago

Simple and non-polluting. Have purchased two of your books "Home Enlightenment" and "True Food". I will definitely add "Better Basics for the Home" my next paycheck.
Thank you Annie.

Jeanette B.
Jen B.4 years ago

This will be great to try...thanks for another great post, Annie =)

Rose C.
Rose C.7 years ago

is this safe for both normal/dry skin and combination?

Melina S.
Melina S.7 years ago

Has anyone tried this yet and had positive results? I am going to try this week and will post my results for future reference. I live in PA and ever since I moved here, my skin has been breaking out. It's horrible. I never had problems. Always clear complexion, etc. I am interested in salt facial cleansers because the ocean water always clears my face up on vacation. And I don't want to use all this other chemical junk.

Linda Thomas
Linda Thomas7 years ago

My grandfather used to wash his face with lemon juice every day when my mom was young. Granny said he had the softest and clearest skin she'd ever seen.