5 Ways to Use Lemons in Your Personal Care and Beauty Routine
5 Ways to Use Lemons in Your Personal Care Routine
Saying that lemons are nutrition powerhouses is an understatement. Not only do they add wonderful and refreshing flavour to a variety of dishes, but they also boast a plethora of health benefits. They are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin c, which is why lemons are useful in treating so many ailments and conditions. But did you know lemons could be used in home-made personal care and beauty products? When we put products on our skin, the chemicals are absorbed right into our system, over time this can create havoc on our health. Using lemons reduces your toxic load, as well, it's much more cost-effective than buying expensive personal care and beauty products. I have put together a list of 5 ways to replace chemicals from your personal care and beauty routine using lemons.
Lemon juice can be used as a natural, chemical-free deodorant. Seriously! The citrus acid content in lemons neutralizes bacteria causing odours on the skin, and will help you smell fresh all day. I know this sounds weird, but I decided to do an experiment. I had a lovely young lady staying with me last week, so I decided to wait until after she had left to begin my test. I didn’t want to make her stay unpleasant if the lemon didn’t work. It was a hot a sticky weekend here in Calgary, I have used nothing but fresh lemon on my armpits for the last 3 days and I’m excited to say this really works. I went and bought a fresh lemon on Friday afternoon, I washed it and then cut it into small slices. After I shower I rub a slice on each armpit, let it dry and get dressed. It did sting a little on the first day, but hasn’t caused any discomfort the rest of the time. The only caveat would be if you were going to be wearing an article of clothing that would expose your armpits to the sun. Lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so on beach days you will want to use something else.
Lighten Dark Spots. Due to its high vitamin c content, lemons can help even the tone of your skin. Squeeze the juice of 1 organic lemon into a bowl and apply it to your face using a cotton swab. Leave on for 15 minutes then gently rinse off. You can apply this daily to clear up a trouble spot and you should see a difference in a week or so.
Make your own mask to combat blackheads or acne by combining fresh lemon juice and raw honey. Lemons are antibacterial which will help prevent acne, as well the vitamin c will brighten your skin while the antiseptic properties in the honey may also prevent acne while moisturizing your skin. Mix 1 Tbsp. raw honey with the juice of half of an organic lemon in a bowl, apply to your face avoiding eyes. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes for best results, rinse with warm water. As with the natural lemon deodorant, don’t go out in the sun right after using your mask.
If you use nail polish regularly your nails can begin to look dull and stained, even have an ugly yellow hue. Remove any nail polish from your nails and in a bowl combine the juice of half a lemon with ½ a cup of olive oil, let your hands soak for 5 minutes. This helps remove nail discolouration, and the olive oil moisturizes your nails, preventing brittle nails. If you have any cuts or hang nails, you’ll want to allow them to heal before you try this.
Make your own gentle face scrub. Combine the juice of ½ a lemon, ½ cup sugar, and 1 tbsp. coconut oil in a bowl, stir until it has a thick consistency, store in a glass container. The coconut oil provides antibacterial properties plus it moisturizes your skin, the vitamin c in the lemons will help with the anti-aging process, while the sugar provides a gentle grit to clear out clogged pores. You can use this once a week. It works well as a body scrub, too.