When life gives you lemons, the conventional wisdom says to make lemonade. But what if you could make something even better, such as brighter skin or smoother lips? As it turns out, you can. When it comes to natural beauty remedies, lemons are right up there with coconuts and honey in number of uses. Below are five ways you can put lemons to use in your beauty routine.
Cure Canker Sores
Putting lemons on canker sores might seem like a painful experience. However, lemon is a natural antibacterial, so it will help to clear out any infection that’s causing the canker sores in the first place. You can put a few drops of lemon juice on the sores, or simply suck on a lemon wedge. If that sounds too harsh for you, another option is to put a few drops of lemon essential oil on your canker sores to help them heal faster. Do not use anything labeled pure essential oil, as pure essential oil is meant to be diluted and will burn your skin. But regular lemon essential oil will work.
Brighten Your Skin
Is dull skin getting you down? As it turns out, skin loves vitamin C and citric acid, and both of these substances can brighten your skin. Lemons have both of these ingredients, so using lemons on your skin will brighten and lighten it over time. Vitamin C also helps to neutralize any free radicals because of its antioxidant properties, and it will also boost collagen production, which helps you avoid premature wrinkles and sagging skin. Whether you want to lighten dark spots, age spots, or that spray tan gone wrong, lemon juice can help get you there.
Smooth Your Lips
Dried skin and cracked lips can be painful as well as unattractive. Fortunately, lemons can help you in this area, as well. Just put some lemon juice on your lips before you go to bed and leave it there overnight. In the morning, just wash your lips off. The lemon juice will go to work loosening up dead skin cells and dry patches of skin during the night, and when you wash it off in the morning all that dead skin will wash off with it.
If you battle excess shine or oily skin, lemon can come to the rescue for you. The number one cause of shine is excess oils on the skin. Your skin has natural oils, and these oils are necessary for healthy, vibrant skin. But in some people, these oils become too prevalent and an excess builds up. This is when shine and oily skin become a problem. If you have oily skin, you might also suffer from acne problems, as well. Fortunately, lemon juice can help battle both of these problems at the same time. Lemon will reduce the excess oil in your skin because it acts as a drying agent, and the citric acid can help fight acne, as well. That makes lemon juice a two in one weapon against shine and acne.
Strengthen Your Nails
Gel manicures are all the rage, and acrylic nails have been popular for years. However, all the beautification you do to your nails can weaken them, making them thin, flimsy, and susceptible to breakage. Making a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice and soaking your nails in it can help reverse some of this damage by strengthening your nails. Not only will it help to heal dry and brittle nails, but it will also help if your nails have become yellowed.
While lemon is good for many things, using it in your beauty routine is perhaps one of the most exciting things to do. Not only are you avoiding the financial burden of paying out top dollar for beauty products and services, but you’re also keeping your body clear of harsh chemicals that many of those products have as ingredients. If that wasn’t enough, you’re also helping the environment by reducing waste and using natural sources instead of throwing away bottles and packaging.