Lemons are very high in natural fruit acids that rejuvenate the skin.
If life gives you lemons…use them as beauty aids. The sour fruit’s glucose and mineral content also helps replace loss of the body’s fluids through sweat, especially during the summer months. It stimulates blood circulation, reduces arterial pressure, and activates bile and intestinal secretions. From a cosmetic viewpoint, lemon acts as a bleach and astringent. The only thing to remember is not to use it undiluted, as it can be harsh on the skin.
It is used with aloe vera to formulate cleansing gels, with turmeric as a pre-bath cream and also substitute for soap for people with dry, dehydrated and sensitive skins. Lemons, high in natural fruit acids, rejuvenate skin naturally. They also have a very high percentage of vitamin C.
Here’s how you can use the fruit in beauty aids.
A hand lotion
Mix lemon juice with rose water and rub it on your hands. For rough hands, rub granulated sugar together with the juice of a lemon over your hands, till the sugar dissolves. Then rinse off with water. Use regularly to improve the skin texture.
For treating oily skin
Dilute the juice of half a lemon in a glass of water and wash your face with the mixture. Add more water if your skin is sensitive. Freeze lemon water in an ice cube tray. Wrap the ice in a clean tissue or cloth and rub it gently on oily skin.
Rub a piece of lemon on your freckles daily to lighten freckles.
For a smooth complexion
Sprinkling a little alum on a lemon half and rubbing the mixture on your face works wonders for the complexion.
For shiny teeth
Rubbing half a lemon on the teeth not only makes them shiny and bright but will also cure bad breath.
For dark elbows
Rub lemon halves and then wash off with water. Over a period of time, it will cleanse the skin and lighten its color.
Treating grey hair
Beat lemon juice in castor oil until frothy and add henna powder to it before applying it on your hair. Wash off after it dries or keep it overnight.
Treating hair loss
Mix lemon juice with four tablespoons of coconut milk and apply once a week.
Treating an itchy scalp
Take an egg white and mix it with the juice of a lemon. Apply this to the hair roots and rub it in. Wash it off after an hour. Repeat for a month.
A hair rinse
Add lemon juice to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse, after your shampoo. Or boil used tea leaves in enough water and cool the liquid. Add the juice of a lemon and use it as a last rinse. This helps add shine to the hair.
For chapped lips
Mix a teaspoon each of cream, lemon juice and honey and rub it on your lips. Use for a week to see results.
Treating animal bites
Mix equal quantities of castor oil and lemon juice. Massage the affected area with this mixture. Also drink a cup of warm water mixed with lemon juice and honey.
A mask for oily skin
Mix half a cup of cooked oatmeal, an egg white, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and half a cup of apple pulp into a smooth paste. Apply this to the face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
An anti-wrinkle mask
Mix a teaspoon of honey, a few drops of fresh lemon juice and a drop of sweet almond oil. Apply this on the face and allow it to dry for 20 minutes and wash off.
Mix cold milk and fresh lemon juice with powdered almonds or powdered orange peel or oatmeal. Rub the skin gently with this mix. Mix a tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of finely ground almonds and half a teaspoon of lemon juice. Rub this gently on the face. Rinse off with warm water.
Mix equal proportions of tomato juice, lemon juice and milk and apply on face and body. A skin tonic
The juice of a fresh pear and apple with a few drops of fresh lemon juice acts as a good skin tonic.
For smooth skin
Mash an over-ripe banana and mix it with a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Apply on face and hands to keep the skin clear and smooth. Mix a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of vegetable oil and one fourth of a teaspoon of lemon juice. Rub this into the hands, elbows, heels and any area that feels dry. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse with water.
A lemon egg-white mask