7 Ways to Use Lemon as a Beauty Aid

 

When life gives you lemons, you simply incorporate them in your beauty regime.

  1. Hair highlights : Lemons are known to contain bleaching and lightening components which make them the simplest and safest way to add highlights to your hair. Dilute the lemon juice with a little water, apply them as streaks, and sit in the sun until the juice has dried. You can repeat this for several days in a row until you get the desired effect.
  2. Lemon Juice Rinse : While shampoo washes away dust, oil and other dirt from hair and scalp, but any traces of leftover shampoo after rinsing hair can damage hair follicles, after all they’re chemicals. If you rinse your shampooed hair with lemon juice (one fresh lemon in ¼ bucket of water), it fully cleans hair to ensure no traces of shampoo are left behind.
  3. Elbow and knee bleacher : You can rub your dark, tanned elbows and knees with half of a lemon; removes the dark skin and lightens the skin tone.
  4. Teeth whitener : Mix baking soda and lemon juice, and apply it to your teeth with a clean Q-tip. Then, use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse. It’s way cheaper than going to your dentist’s office. Just make sure the mixture isn’t too concentrated, otherwise you may end up with tooth sensitivity.
  5. While using pure lemon juice on you face can cause irritation and drying, organic face scrub, containing lemon juice has shown to have antibacterial properties (in easy words, it can fight acne). Here’s a simple face scrub without any harsh chemicals, that works particularly well on oily skin: 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup rolled oats (which serves as an exfoliant), and 1/2 tablespoon honey (to soften skin). Mix it all up in a small bowl. Massage onto face for 30 seconds. Rinse with warm water. If you repeat this process for about a month, once every week, you will notice how the pimples have shown to reduce bringing back your natural smooth skin to display.
  6. Prevent hair fall and to reduce dandruff :  Mix lemon juice and coconut water in equal amounts and apply it on your scalp, gently massaging in circular motion. Leave it for twenty minutes. Rinse off well. Doing this will help preventing hair loss, and as mentioned above the antibacterial properties of lemon will reduce dandruff too a very large extent. In case you have cuts or burns in your scalp, don’t use this as the lemon may itch and make you uncomfortable.
  7. Use lemon for armpit skin Lemon is clearing up the dark stains from the body and at the same time act as a natural deodorant.  Lemon’s citric acid is responsible for destroying bacteria that cause bad smell. Mix oatmeal with lemon juice and some honey; apply the resulting paste to your armpits, and allowed it to work for 1 hour.
About the author

Kara Perez

Kara lives in Austin, TX, working as a writer and a nonprofit development associate. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2011 with $25,302 in student loans and paid them off in three and a half years on a salary of less the $28,000. Kara blogs about debt payoff, frugal living and women in media on her website, www.fromfrugaltofree.wordpress.com

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