You’ve heard the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Trust us, there’s a lot more that you can than just making lemonade. Lemons actually have many great beauty benefits, especially for your skin and hair. Check out some of the best uses out there for the sour, yellow fruit.
Wanna save yourself a trip to the dentist? Then boy do we have a tip for you. Here’s what you need to do to get the best teeth whitener available and on the cheap, mix lemon juice with baking powder and then crush this directly on your teeth to make them whiter. It’s important that you remember to rinse with water when you’re done. Think about how much money you’re going to save with this quick and affordable tip.
Are you the type to get gel manicures every few weeks? If your answer is yes, then listen up. You should prepare your own mixture of olive oil and lemon juice to strengthen your nails. If your have dry, brittle or stained nails, it’s recommended to soak your nails in the mixture to harden them up.
Elbow and knee bleacher:
In some cases, the skin on your elbows and knees appear darker than other body parts. The founder of DaBlot Beauty, Patrice Coleman, recommends that you take a half slice of lemon and rub this on the dark body part. By doing so, you’ll have improved the appearance of your elbows and knees almost instantly. “It’s like magic!”
Ah, acne and blackheads, I wish I had known that you didn’t just ruin the faces of teenagers but that you also followed some people well into adulthood. Sigh. So if you’re someone who suffers from oily skin that is prone to imperfections like acne and blackheads usually come after the zits break open and heal. It seems almost too good to be true but lemon juice has antibacterial properties and this can help speed up acne treatment before you can say, “Sign me up!”
Here’s what you need to do, simply slice up a lemon and use any slice to squeeze the juice into your skin. That’s it. You’ll start to see improvements in blackheads fading far far away.
A rather crucial skincare treatment routine everyone should follow is cleansing. To really deeply cleanse your skin, you need to mix a few drops of lemon juice and tea tree essential oil with distilled water. The founder of StormSister Spatique, Becky Strum, says that this mixture, when placed on cotton pads, is an effective way to cleanse skin that is slightly problematic. She also recommends using about 6 ounces of distilled water when making the mixture.
Canker sore treatment:
Becky Strum is a genius (she’s the founder of StormSister Spatique, remember?), well she found an amazing solution for helping you recover from canker sores. All you need to do is mix a few drops of lemon with green tea essential oil. It’s really as simple as that!
There are instances that when your hair becomes exposed to frequent and long duration in the sun, the color fades or lightens. If this is something you’re going for, then you can apply a little lemon juice to your hair and you’ll get more of a natural sun-kissed glow. Plus, the lemon juice helps with dry scalp and dandruff, in case that’s something you’re also tired of.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid – which when used regularly, helps brighten and lighten your skin.Vitamin C has high antioxidant properties that can help against free radicals responsible for cell damage. Additionally, vitamin C promotes production of collagen and elastin, the skin connective tissues, which Marina Peredo, M.D., a dermatologist, says can help diminish age spots, dark spots, tanning, dull complexion and other skin blemishes.
It’s important to always wear sunscreen after using lemon juice because this citrus fruit can make your skin more sensitive to the harmful rays of the sun.
Lemon juice is obviously acidic in nature, and citric acid is a great tool to dissolve natural oils that cause shine. So you can add a few drops of lemon juice when you’re washing your next and this will reduce excess oil and diminish shine.
When you combine natural oils, lemon juice will actually work as a great moisturizer to keep your skin nice and soft. You can even mix a few drops of coconut water and a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut oil will actually hydrate your skin, while the lemon juice will clear and brighten it. (I wish I had known this earlier!)
Exfoliate your lips:
If you put a little lemon juice on your lips before you go to bed, and wash it off in the morning to help remove dead skin cells and dried skin. It’s important to note that dermatologist, Gary Goldfaden, M.D., says that you need to very cautious when applying lemon juice to your lips for exfoliating if you have seriously chapped lips with cuts, if you add the lemon juice, it will only cause irritation. This is almost a better tip then the teeth whitener one!