When Life Gives You Lemons….PUCKER UP!

Hair, skin and yes, even your lips love lemons—-and talk about a frugal and natural way to look your best. Here are 10 beautiful reasons to buy lemons in bulk.  I will admit I was a bit skeptical on a few of these…so I tried them myself. People, I stand corrected.

  1. Blackhead Buster. You can actually rub lemon juice directly on your face or create a natural astringent by mixing one part lemon juice with three parts water. Not only will this help to minimize blackheads, the lemon juice does wonders for shine control.
  2. Lip Exfoliator: Keep chapped lips at bay! Apply lemon juice on lips at night and wash it off in the morning to remove dead skin cells. Just be sure those lips aren’t chapped already before doing so!
  3. Hair Lightener: Like me, this probably takes you back to the teen years…but it still works! Put a little lemon juice on your hair and get outside for a while…or did you know you can just use your hairdryer? I had never thought of that!
  4. Hair Conditioner: 3/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup raw honey + 2 tablespoons lemon juice. After shampooing, pour mixture onto hair and leave wrapped up in a shower cap for at least 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Nail Strengthener: Mix olive oil with lemon juice and soak those nails to help rescue yellowed, dry and brittle nails.
  6. Dark Spot Minimizer: With a cotton ball, rub lemon juice on freckles or dark spots once a day. You will see a difference in a few short weeks!
  7. Face Tightener Mix 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply to face, stay clear of those eyes, and leave for 20 minutes to an hour. Rinse with warm water and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
  8. Elbow and Knees Bleacher: Simply rub the lemon on those dark areas and voila! (No way, I said—-yes way, it worked!)
  9. Clarifying Moisturizer:  Equal parts of coconut water and lemon juice rubbed over the face will help to hydrate, clear and brighten that dull skin!
  10. Exfoliator: One part lemon + two parts salt or sugar + two parts olive oil creates an amazing body scrub!! Be wary of this one if you have sensitive skin though—give it a test run first 🙂

Appeared originally in LEAN Magazine. 

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