You know they’re great to eat or throw in a beverage… but did you know that lemons have great uses in the world of beauty? It’s true! A lemon is one of the best foods for beauty because of the acidity of the fruit, the vitamins within it, and the peel on the outside. So, the next time you’re in the grocery store, pick up a bag of lemons and test them out if you’re suffering from one of the following problems.
Clear Up Oily Skin
One of the most popular uses for lemon is to cut it up and apply its juices to blemishes and patches of oily skin. The acidity in the fruit has properties that proactively work to promote oil elimination and dry up skin surfaces – almost instantly. It’s also great to know that lemons contain an antibacterial property that promotes the elimination of bacteria, germs, toxins and foreign “objects” often held captive within the skin’s surface. To apply to oily or patchy skin, simply squeeze the lemon directly onto a cotton ball, and apply to your face accordingly. To apply to black heads for their removal, rub lemon juice directly onto the area affected and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse the area thoroughly with cold water right after that.
It should be noted that if you have super sensitive skin, this may not be right for you. In addition, do not try any of these lemon remedies right before you go into the sun as it typically has a horrible reaction when exposed to UV rays including burning and lightening.
Heal Cracked Lips
Again, the acidity acts as a healing component as it strips your skin of dead skin cells and hydrates the skin underneath. The result? Lips that appear healthy and moist, not dry and cracked.
Highlight Your Hair
It’s one of the most well known beauty secrets for lemons, but a generous portion of lemon juice squirted directly onto your locks is one way to get great highlights. The trick to having highlights that truly stand out is to apply the lemon juice thoroughly in the morning, and to follow the application with generous sun exposure. Perhaps right before a day at the beach?
Improves Sun Spots, Skin Blemishes and Discolorations
The sun is one of the worst things for our face, and try as we might to avoid it, it takes its toll over time. Sun marks and dark patches eventually plague our faces, but lemons can help with that! In the same way that lemon juice can lighten strands of hair, it can also lighten parts of your skin. Simply apply a bit of lemon juice to the affected discolored area, and allow it to sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing it again with cold water.
Aren’t you surprised with a lemon’s functionality in the world of beauty? Who knew that there were so many beauty benefits to experience from this brilliant, citrusy fruit! Give it a try – clear up your oily skin, heal cracked lips, highlight your hair and lighten your blemishes… all with the juice of one lemon!
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