You know the popular saying, â€˜When life give you lemons, make lemonadeâ€˜?… Oh, please! When life gives you lemons, make lemon juice and give yourself some fantastic beauty treat.
To many persons, lemon is just a fruit. But to most ladies, it means much more than that. Your skin and hair are secretly in love with this wonder fruit and youâ€™ll be amazed at the lots of beauty uses for lemons.
Do you skip lemons when shopping for fruits? Next time, take a step back and get a handful. Here are some beauty routines you can adopt with lemons. I have tried most of them and they worked wonders on my body. Letâ€™s beginâ€¦
1. Brighten Your Skin
This is the most popular beauty use of Lemons. The juice from this fruit is rich in vitamin C and citric acid. It works perfectly well as a skin brightener and lightener if used regularly. For dark skinned persons, please use sparingly to avoid over-lightening your skin. Make sure you wear ample amount of sunscreen to protect your skin when youâ€™re out in the sun because Lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to the harmful UV rays.
2. Lighten Your Hair
This is one of my favourites as it helps you skip the chemicals. Sprinkle some Lemon juice on your hair and use a wide tooth comb to comb it in so that it would separate and create pretty highlights. If you want a lighter color all over, pour the whole cup of lemon juice on your head. After that, sit out in the sun for a while (20 minutes should do) and afterward, wash and dry your hair and I promise youâ€™ll have a very nice, natural looking color in no time. Be sure this is what you want, because once its bleached, it can never go back to its original color.
Donâ€™t do it too often otherwise it might make your hair look brassy.
3. Whiten Your Teeth
Lemon juice acts as mild bleach. To get noticeably whiter teeth when next you attempt the Monalisa smile, prepare to mix a concoction. Bring out your baking soda, pour out a tablespoon of it and add some lemon juice. Mix them into a thick paste, take a portion and apply to your teeth. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes and then scrub with your toothbrush. Remember to consult your dentist for advice before trying this out.
4. Strengthen Your Nails
I have never had the opportunity to try this for obvious reasons. My regular readers know why. Regular use of gel manicures can really damage and weaken your nails. But fret not, lemons are right here! Mix lemon juice with a cooking oil (preferably olive oil) and soak your nails. This can also help fix yellowing of the nails.
Get ready for another concoction. This time, our extra ingredient for the homemade beauty product is: coconut water. Mix a few drops of coconut water into a cup of lemon juice and apply generously to your face and skin. The coconut water helps hydrate your skin while the lemon juice helps clear and brighten it.
6. DIY Deodorant
Do you sometimes forget your deodorant? There’s an easy solution to that problem in your fridge – a lemon! Why not? Its the perfect emergency deodorant. The citric acid in lemon juice can kill odor-causing bacteria, and there are people who swear by the lemon deodorizing method. Slice the lemon in halves and swipe your armpits with one on a daily basis. Just be sure not to apply lemon juice to recently shaven armpits â€” ouch!
7. Exfoilate Your Lips
For those with dry lips like mine, your saviour has arrived. Finding the right lipstick is always a challenge, so why donâ€™t you try putting lemon juice on your lips before going to bed. The next morning when you wash your face, the dead skin cells and dried skin will scale off and youâ€™ll have supple lips for that lipstick to glide through.
8. Soften Elbows And Knees
This time, take some lemon juice, preferably a full lemon, few teaspoons of salt, and some olive oil. Mix it all together and you have created your own homemade body exfoliator. This works like magic and can even help you get rid of a tan.
9. Lighten Age Spots
Fun fact – lemon juice can help lighten aging spots or even liver spots and freckles. Who needs to go spend a ton of money on aging cream when you can just use the lemons in your house? Leave the juice on your spots for 15 minutes and then rinse the skin.
10. Treat Blackheads
Yes, lemons can really help treat acne because they are antibacterial and can get ride of those blackheads. No need for a concoction this time, just use freshly squeezed lemon juice on your face and allow the juice to sit on for minutes and heal your skin.
Do these remedies sound too good to be true? Why don’t you try them and find out.
Which beauty use for lemons is your favorite or what has worked the best for you? Share in the comment section below!
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