7 everyday beauty uses for lemons
Lemons. They’re an everyday cooking staple, but did you know they can also be incorporated into your beauty regime? With nourishing ingredients like vitamin C and citric acid, your skin, hair and nails can all benefit from the zingy yellow fruit. Plus, it’s incredibly cost effective, leaving you more money to spend on other fun beauty products!
Lemon has antibacterial properties, making it a great toner for those with problematic skin. Simply mix a couple of drops of lemon juice and tea tree oil in about 12 tablespoons of distilled water and apply to your face with a cotton pad to promote a clean, clear complexion.
Lemon is rich in citric acid, which has brightening and lightening properties. Before you fork out big dollars on expensive whitening treatments, try mixing baking soda and lemon juice and applying it to your teeth with a cotton tip. Leave for one minute, then scrub with your toothbrush and rinse for a brighter smile. While this is a handy trick, lemon’s can erode tooth enamel so don’t do this too often and always rinse your mouth thoroughly afterwards.
The citric acid and vitamin C in lemons can also be used to improve your skin’s appearance. The former is useful for helping to lighten age spots and acne scars, while the latter is a great antioxidant for boosting collagen production. Just be sure to follow up with a high SPF sunscreen, as lemon can make skin more sensitive to UV rays.
Fake tan remover
Had a fake tan disaster? Before you rush out to get an expensive tan remover (or spend half a day scrubbing your knees and elbows in vain), try rubbing the problem area with half a lemon. Leave it on for a minute or so, then rinse with warm water and voila! – the stain should come right off.
Lemon is also a great exfoliator for dry lips. To remove dead skin cells, put a little lemon juice on your lips before bedtime and wash off in the morning with a wet cloth. While this is especially effective in the cooler months when lips can peel, it’s best avoided if you have severely chapped lips which may be irritated by the citric acid.
A good one for girls who’ve had one too many gel manicures, lemon can help repair nails that are dry and brittle. Mix your favourite cooking oil – olive oil works well – with lemon juice and soak your nails for about 10 minutes. Then rinse with warm water for stronger, healthier nails.
Lighten blonde hair
Want to get natural looking highlights without spending big at the salon? Applying lemon juice to your hair can help lighten your strands. Simply rinse your hair with ¼ cup lemon juice and ¾ cup water and sit in the sun for about 30 minutes. Just be sure to follow with a nourishing conditioner or mask as like any hair colouring technique, this one may dry out your hair.
Do you use lemons as part of your beauty regime? What other beauty uses have you found for foods?