Uses for the humble lemon 5.

All parts of a lemon contain something that we can use to make ourselves look & feel beautiful, we can use it on our hair, skin & nails & not for just one thing-lemon juice is a truly diverse organic beauty aid. It can cleanse, moisturize, help maintain the pH balance in the skin and soften it. But perhaps more importantly it can help us maintain a healthy body. What more could you want from a piece of fruit.

Caution. If you have any skin sensitivity try a test patch for any of these lemon treatments first, as they are quite acidic. If the lemon juice stings you should rinse it off immediately and remember not to go straight into the sunlight.

Skin.

Cleansing.

Lemons have a strong reputation for being particularly  good for cleansing & the also have clarifying properties. Lemon juice can help remove dead skin cells & stimulate collagen production, you could use this lemon cleansing treatment every day to remove the dirt and grime that has built up on your face. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a bowl & apply to your face with your fingertips, gently massage the juice into your pores and then rinse your face.

Caution. Do not cleanse the area around the eyes with juice as this could cause stinging.

Deep cleansing.

lemons are particularly useful for combating greasy skin as they are great for unclogging pores. The lemon oil helps balance overactive sebaceous glands which are often what causes greasy skin, blocked pores & skin blemishes. One good method of deep cleansing to make sure those pores are cleaned thoroughly is to steam the face. Fill a bowl with boiling water and add the peel of half a lemon, with your face over the bowl & a tea over your head let the lemony steam penetrate the pores. You’ll be amazed at how refreshing this feels too.

Toning. 

Once you’ve cleansed your face you’ll want to tone it to close those pores up again. Use two parts ice-cold water to one part lemon juice. Apply the cold toner to clean skin & allow it to dry naturally. You can store this toner in the fridge for several days.

Caution. DO not be tempted to go into the sunshine after using this toner on your face because the juice can react to the sun’s  UV rays and burn or blemish your skin.

Toning oily skin.

For oily skin mix 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 2 tbsp of vodka, 1 tbsp distilled water & 1tsp of witch hazel. Use a cotton wool pad to apply the toner to your skin and rince your face with water. You can keep this toner in the fridge for a week.

Moisturizing.

Lemon juice moisturizes as well as cleanses and tones. It is the lemon acids that are good at moisturizing because they help the skin to prevent water loss, lemon can help soften & smooth even the driest skin. Smooth the lemon juice over the skin, either with your fingertips or cotton wool & let it dry before rinsing it off, you don’t have to squeeze the lemon, just chop it in half & apply the lemon directly to your face squeezing a little to release the juice.

Facial Exfoliator.

To get rid of dead facial skin cells, cut a lemon in half and dip it into ordinary white sugar, using this as your exfoliator gently rub your face to remove the build up of dead skin. If you do this regularly you’ll notice the difference. The lemon juice is really good at loosening dead skin cells & the sugar acts a mild abrasive. Do it at bedtime though so you’re not at risk in the sunlight immediately afterwards.

Wrinkle reducers.

Lemons can be used in a number of different ways to help improve the appearance of wrinkles, one of the simplest methods is to stir a teaspoon of sugar into 2 tbsp of lemon juice, massage this into your skin using your fingertips. Leave it on your face for 10 minutes before rinsing off with water. This treatment will exfoliate the skin, but the Vitamin C in the lemon will also promote the production of collagen. Acids in the sugar will help repair skin damage and also remove dead skin.

Pimple & Blackhead remover.

We all know clogged pores can cause blackheads & pimples, here is where lemons can help. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a small bowl, did a cotton wool ball into the juice and dab it onto your face taking care to avoid your eyes, you can either leave it on for around 10 minutes before washing it off, or you can leave the juice to soak over night before rinsing it off in the morning. The citric acid in the juice will naturally dissolve the oil that conspire to create blackheads.

Cleansing facial masks.

As a regular treatment for blackheads mix 2 tbsp of oatmeal with 4 tbsp of plain yoghurt & 1 tbsp lemon juice, mix the ingredients into a paste & apply to the skin, leave it on for at least 5 minutes then rinse off with cold water, either pat dry or leave to dry naturally.

Body Exfoliator.

This may sound more like a torture than a beauty aid, but it is great for getting rid of those dead cells. Prepare in advance a mixture of 225 g/8 oz 3/4 cup of sea salt with 1/2 tbsp of lemon oil & put it beside the bath. Run yourself a warm bath, rub your damp skin with the lemon-scented salt, this will deal with dead skin cells and give your skin a smooth and healthy glow. You could try adding coconut oil or almond oil in addition to the lemon oil to give you a really sumptuous-smelling body scrub for the bath.

Body Massage.

In addition to all the other wonderful things we’ve learned about, lemons are also believed to help the skins elasticity and discourage cellulite. Try mixing equal amounts of honey, vegetable oil & lemon juice together, use this as your massage oil and pay particular attention to those areas of the body that are particularly dry, leave the mixture on your body for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off in the shower or a warm bath.

 

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