Lemons have a wide range of benefits for beauty as well as health . Here are the best uses for lemons.
1. Clarifying Moisturizer:
Lemons have strong antibacterial properties, which makes them perfect for nixing breakout-causing bacteria. To DIY your own version, mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it. Note: If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test on your skin first.
Research has shown that polyphenol antioxidants found in lemons significantly reduce weight gain. the antioxidant compounds also offset the negative effects on blood glucose levels and improved insulin resistant, the two main factor in the development of type 2 diabetes.
3. Elbow And Knee Lightener:
Lemons are packed with vitamin C, a natural brightening ingredient. “If your elbows and knees appear dark, simply rub them with half of a lemon,” says Patrice Coleman, owner of Debloat Beauty. “It’s like magic!”
4. Teeth Whitener:
Does at-home whitening leave your teeth sensitive for days? Try this instead: Mix baking soda and lemon juice, and apply it to your teeth with a clean Q-tip. Then, use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse.
5. Skin Brightener:
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. “Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production,”. That means it can help lighten dark spots. Try it in this moisturizer from Fresh.
6. Nail Strengthener:
Have you been getting too many gel manicures? Make a mixture of your favorite cooking oil (try olive oil) with lemon juice, and soak your nails. This is a good practice if your nails are dry and brittle, but it’s also a great way to help fix nails that have yellowed.
7. Hair Lightener:
If your hair is already on the lighter side, score dye-free DIY highlights with lemon juice. Apply it before you expose your hair to sunlight to score a sun-kissed color. For a trendy Ombre effect, focus the lemon juice just toward the ends of your hair.
8. Lip Exfoliator:
Mix a little lemon juice with some brown sugar to create your own lip scrub. The lemon juice’s AHA will work as a chemical exfoliator to loosen up dead skin cells while the sugar will work as a physical exfoliator to slough them off.