Lemon has been proven to be one of the most useful fruits when it comes to health. Lemon water in the morning is known for a number of health benefits, lemonade makes a refreshing and healthier alternative to soda, lemon rind is used to add more zing to your food – all those and more are just some of the most popular uses of lemon. Did you know, though, that aside from food, drinks and health, lemon can also be used in beauty? Here are some of the most awesome ways to use lemon for beauty.
- Natural hair lightener – whether you dyed your hair a little too dark or simply want to lighten it to shake up your look, using a lemon instead of harsh chemicals is the best way to go. It’s less damaging to your hair which is great since having it dyed is torture enough. To do this, simply squeeze out some fresh lemon juice, enough to get your hair a little damp, then go catch some sun outside. You’ll have gorgeous light streaks in no time.
- Nail fix – if you’re a fan of gel manicures, you know how it tends to make your nails weaker and more brittle, especially when done in consecutive sessions with no break for your nails to regain strength. If you’re starting to get brittle, discolored nails from gel or any other kinds of manicure, soak them up in a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil. Doing this often will harden and strengthen your nails and help with the discoloration.
- Skin illuminator – no, it doesn’t work as a highlighter but if you use lemon juice as your astringent, your skin will be shine-free and will look brighter as well. Squeeze out lemon juice and apply with a little cotton ball in place of your chemical astringent.
- Lighten dark spots – those dark spots on your skin are a dead giveaway to ageing so if you want to keep that youthful look, it’s best to start lightening them up before they become too dark. Skin lightening creams can be a little pricey but lemon juice rubbed on these areas is an awesome and effective alternative. You can use it on your sun spots, age spots, even dark elbows and knees.
- Acne treatment – if you have acne prone skin, you may have already spent thousands of dollars with each and every breakout, not to mention on the products you use to treat acne whilst they’re on your face. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly alternative, try out this routine for getting rid of the first signs of acne: blackheads.