Secret Ingredient: Lemon

The hero of practically every alkaline-balancing diet, not to mention generations of Frenchwomen, the glass of water with fresh lemon juice before breakfast is as healthy as it gets. A bowl of lemons on a table instantly lifts the mood of the entire room. A squeeze of lemon in just about any dish, sweet or savory, makes it taste better. Lemon is similarly fantastic for skin; it softens, balances pH, helps sweep away dead skin cells, and, of course, smells incredible. Here, some lemon-infused all-stars from the goop shop:



    Beautycounter Glow Sugar Scrub, $38
    An incredibly indulgent mix of brown sugar and top-tier oils—primrose, apricot kernel, sunflower—this feels and smells amazing, plus it removes dead skin cells gently and effectively. It leaves your skin smooth, soft, and plump with moisture.

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    Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Moisturizer, $65
    A base of organic apple grape, aloe, and lemon supercharges this gentle, creamy hydrator, which incorporates the company’s Meristem fruit-stem-cell-based antiaging technology. Evening primrose, linseed, and borage seed oils enrich the cream with fatty acids and other emollients; it smooths and plumps skin instantly.

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    May Lindstrom The Youth Dew Hydrating Facial Serum, $120
    This intensely moisturizing, enzyme-spiked botanical serum is really all you need to apply before bed to wake up with a glowy, plump, deeply-hydrated skin. An incredibly rich blend of oils—avocado, meadowfoam seed, jojoba, olive, plum kernel, sea buckthorn, rosehip seed, pomegranate, tamanu, borage, kukui nut, evening primrose, carrot seed, and of course, lemon—make this an utterly unique and supremely effective do-it-all anti-aging treatment.

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    Tammy Fender Epi Peel, $80
    An exfoliant, mask, and peel all in one, this miracle blend of purifying clay, lemon, spearmint, and Moroccan rosemary mask smooths away dead skin cells to improve hydration, clarify skin, and seriously increase glow. What’s more, it’s quick: It takes less than five minutes to do its work. Used twice a week, it treats and prevents breakout, leaving you with clear, healthy, soft skin.

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