Turns out, they’re great for you overall and are especially super for your skin and hair. Rich in Vitamin C and citric acid, they can lighten and brighten dull skin. Plus, their antioxidants help boost collagen production, which means they effectively slow down your skin’s ageing process. Still wondering how to put them to good use? Here’s where to start.
To battle acne
Cash in on the anti-bacterial properties of lemons to give that stubborn acne the boot. Just slice open a lemon, add two drops of honey to it and rub it on the affected area. Leave it on for 10 minutes (lemon is acidic so it’s best to not leave it on for too long) and rinse it off. Do it regularly for visible results.
As a moisturising foot scrub
Since winter’s just around the corner, you’d going to have to start taking care of your feet. Deal with the dryness by juicing half a lemon with two tablespoons of olive oil and brown sugar each and massage it onto your foot. Leave it on for a few minutes to give your feet a quick makeover.
As a facial cleanser
With an anti-bacterial this good sitting in your kitchen, you can’t possibly let it go to waste. To a tablespoon of lemon juice, add a tablespoon of honey and a quarter cup of yogurt. Blend it into a paste and apply it as a mask. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse it off for skin that looks clean and feels super soft.
As an exfoliator
The quickest, easiest way to get rid of all that dull skin? Slice a lemon, dip it in a plate of sugar and gently rub it all over your face or even body for that matter.
Sugar makes for a great exfoliant and retains the moisture in the skin. The Vitamin C in lemon will rejuvenate your skin cells and make it look as good as new.
For strong nails
Too much nail varnish and too many manicures can actually weaken your nails. Give them a quick boost by combining the juice of one lemon with half a tablespoon of vinegar and dipping your nails in it for about 15 minutes. A quick remedy, it makes your nails cleaner and stronger.
For healthy, shiny hair
Apart from using lemon to lighten your hair colour, it can even double up as a conditioner. To one portion of olive oil and one portion of honey, add three portions of lemon juice and massage it onto your hair and scalp. The lemon helps rid your scalp of dandruff and dry skin, and when combined with the other ingredients, it strengthens and conditions your hair to leave it feeling smooth and with a natural shine.
Written by Girija Naiksatam on Nov 21, 2014