When money is tight it can be hard to justify splurging on beauty products but studies have shown that when people feel they look better, they are better able to handle stress and life’s other challenges. Another problem in splurging on beauty products is that with everything on the market and all of the health scares, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to find a product that will do what it says without negative consequences done the line. Well, I’ve got good news. Lemon and lemon juice is something commonly found in most people’s homes and it has a ton of applications for beauty.
The first area that we’ll hit is face and neck skin. If you have problems with dark spots and acne acres, use a fresh cotton pad to rub lemon juice over your skin. You want to pay particular attention to the dark spots and acne scars. After you have done this, let sit for 2 minutes then wash it off with cold water. If you prefer a mask to a rub, you can mix the juice for one whole lemon with low fat plain yogurt and leave on for 5 minutes. If you don’t have the time for a mask or you just really need to exfoliate, adding a tablespoon of sugar to this mix wakes a great lemon facial scrub. If you worry about wrinkles, mixing a tsp. of olive oil into any of the above recipes we’ll help to tighten the area around wrinkles and give the skin a firmer look. Lastly, if you steep a cup of sage tea and then mix in lemon juice, you can refrigerate this mixture and use it as a toner after every time you clean your face to give skin a firmer look.
The last area that we’ll look at is hair and skin. Quite a few people like the look of highlights but either hate paying the salon prices, the at-home kit prices or have troubles with the smell/burning sensations. Lemon juice offers a quick fix for this as well. Wash your hair as you normally would and then allow hair to air dry. Next you’ll want to squeeze lemon juice on to the areas of your hair that you want to lighten or all over if you want to naturally lighten the hair all over. After saturating the hair you want lightened, you’ll need to expose the hair to direct sunlight for 1-3 hours. The longer hours are for more dramatic affects and darker hair. After the time period you’ll need to do a cold water rinse in the shower to get all of the lemon juice out. If you suffer from dandruff, using lemon juice as a rinse in the shower after you shampoo and condition will help to eliminate dandruff. Because of the aforementioned reason, you’ll need to avoid exposing the lemon juice to sunlight during the rinse unless you want to lighten the hair. Lastly, rubbing a little lemon juice on the elbows and allowing it to absorb into the skin with help to lighten and soften elbows. I recommend doing this treatment at home and not when you are on the way out the door because it can leave skin feeling sticky.