Lemons for Beauty and Personal Care
When I began researching lemons and their various uses I had no idea I would find so many uses for lemons in homemade beauty concoctions. I found a plethora of great uses for lemons on your skin, hair, nails and even your feet and your smile. Needless to say I had to share all of this stuff. It was never my intention to highlight the use of lemons in personal care. I just so happened to stumble upon this stuff. I have to admit that the only lemon beauty remedy I knew of prior to this discovery was adding lemons juice/oil to witch hazel astringent for use as a toner… No Idea! So, pardon my amazement, but without further adieu, The Power of Lemons in Beauty Products.
Caution: Always use lemon juice mixed with water or honey to dilute its strength and prevent harm. Keep in mind that lemon juice is acidic and should not be left on the skin for extended periods of time. Sun exposure at such a time would be severe.
Acne and Blackheads: The oils present in the zest of a lemon have various skin benefits. Lemon oil mixed with honey is an effective treatment against eczema, acne and blackheads. Their antibacterial and antifungal properties make them a natural alternative to treat acne. Simply slice open a lemon and rub it across your face. Or you can add a few drops of honey to a lemon half before applying it directly to the area where you have blackheads. Wait five to 10 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
Lighten Dark Spots and Blemishes: Acne scars and marks are embarrassing and a pain to get rid of. Lemon juice’s citric acid gradually fades spots and evens your skin tone. Be cautious of open wounds or cuts on the face, as it can sting real bad.
Eliminate Oily Skin: We’ve tested out some pretty weird ways to bring down the shine on our faces, including laxatives. But swiping a cotton swab with a little lemon juice is just as effective. Try doing this before bed and washing your face the next morning to prevent oily skin.
Face and Body Cleanser: If you’re unsure about what’s lurking inside your favorite face or body wash, you can always be certain with a homemade cleanser made out of lemon juice, yogurt and an essential oil like lavender or chamomile. Massage this on to remove dirt and bacteria, while moisturizing your skin at the same time.
Exfoliating Mask: The combined anti-bacterial properties of lemon and honey make this a great cleansing and exfoliating recipe. Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with ¼ cup of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix until a uniform paste is formed and apply onto a clean, make-up free skin. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Don’t hesitate to sneak a taste too.
Chapped Lips: It is as easy as massaging lemon wedges onto your lips before you go to sleep. Leave it on overnight and wash off the next morning. Lemon juice works as an exfoliant and removes any dead skin cells resulting in softer, smoother lips.
Clarifying Moisture Mask: Mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it. Rinse off after a few minutes.
Elbow and Knee Bleacher: Rubbing the knees and elbows with half a lemon gets rid of dark spots.
Cleansing Wipes: Mix a couple drops of lemon and tea tree essential oil in about 6 ounces of distilled water. Use as a toner or for use with cotton pads as a cleansing wipe.
Canker Sore Treatment: A few drops of lemon essential oil on canker sores helps them to heal faster.
Skin Brightener: Lemons can help lighten age spots, dark spots, or a fake tan gone wrong. Remember to wear SPF when using lemon juice on your skin, though, since the citrus fruit can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.
Hair Growth: Coconut oil works wonders for hair growth. Give it a boost with a few drops of lemon juice to get lustrous, thicker and healthier hair.
Dandruff: Lemon has been able to effectively eradicate hair problems related to dandruff and dry scalp. It is as simple as rubbing lemon slices onto your scalp and leaving the juice on for an hour or so. You can magnify the effect by adding 4 tablespoons of vinegar. Follow it by washing your hair with lukewarm water.
DIY Hair Masks: Massage a combination of household staples like coconut oil, olive oil and raw honey with lemon juice onto your scalp for a simple solution for dry scalp and dandruff.
Conditioning: Mix the juice of an entire lemon with ½ a cup of yogurt and a raw egg. Mix until it forms a thick paste and apply all over scalp and hair. Leave it long enough so that it dries and wash off using a mild shampoo. Regular, weekly conditioning with this recipe will yield lustrous, thicker, softer hair.
Hair Color: The cheapest highlights you’ll ever pay for involve making a trip to the grocery store to buy lemons. Combine lemon juice and hair conditioner, comb through strands, sit in the sun for a few hours and wash out. Repeat these steps at least once a week, and you will notice that your hair is significantly lighter.
Nail Hardener: Soaking nails in a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice can harden them and impart natural sheen. The solution will not only condition weak and brittle nails, but it will also whiten yellowing nails.
Fingernail Cleaner: Lemons work wonders on dirty, grimy fingernails. Just rub a lemon wedge over yellow fingernails to restore their color.
Whitening Teeth: Lemon juice mixed with a little baking soda is a natural teeth whitener. Apply this mixture onto teeth with a Q-tip. Take care not to leave the mixture on for more than a minute as it can break down tooth enamel. Follow up by gently brushing your teeth afterwards. You don’t want to leave lemon juice pooling around your teeth. This can be a good follow up to coconut oil pulling in the morning.
Foot Soak: Soak your feet in a basin filled with warm water, Epsom salts, baking soda, lemon juice and rosemary leaves to relax and detoxify tired feet.
Foot Scrub: For your next home pedicure, combine the juice of half a lemon, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Massage the mix on your feet thoroughly and leave for 15 minutes, then rinse off and pat dry. This mixture scrubs and moisturizes your feet and helps in eliminating the dryness.
What Are Some of The Ways You Use Lemons as Cosmetics?References: www.thehealthsite.com www.huffingtonpost.com www.womanshealthmagazine.com