Lemons & limes give me so much life! They taste good, they smell good and more than that they ARE so good for us. In so many ways. Health wise, they contain about 64% of the daily dosage of vitamin C recommended plus they are rich in antioxidants and have antibiotic and anti-cancer properties. They are also widely used for cleansing and of course, cooking, flavouring and garnishing. From the lemon zest and the oils in the skin to the pulp to the juice – all useful. So versatile and beneficial, it’s like other fruits aren’t even trying. Ha! More than I love to eat them, I love to wear them for cosmetic purposes (no, not like jewelry!). These citrus fruits work magic as beauty genies in the 5 tips below:
1. Oral Hygiene
If your teeth have become tinted/stained/yellowed over time because of certain foods or drinks or smoking . . . it can get a little frustrating. But fret no more! The key to having a whiter smile is a couple of lemon juice drops away. Seriously. Lemons/limes are natural bleaching agents and can be used to strip the yellow layer off stained teeth to whiten them again by mixing their juice with baking soda and brushing teeth with the mixture. Alternatively, add some lemon juice to usual toothpaste and use it as normal. The juice and salt also works to get rid of nasty breath and heal mouth canker sores and bleeding gums (although it does sting).
*TIP – apply some lemon juice to lips, leave it on for a few minutes then lightly scrape off peeling skin with a toothbrush to exfoliate lips and leave them baby soft.
Whenever you feel like a DIY facial that is quick, easy and exceptional, lemons are king! Thanks to their antibacterial properties that reduce excess oil secretion by skin and the fact that they are deep cleansers, they are perfect for eliminating blackheads. They also fade blemishes and even skin tone on the face. I personally use a mixture of lemon juice, turmeric powder and honey as a deep cleanser and add some sugar when I need to exfoliate. Try it, it is amazing!
*TIP – directly apply some fresh lemon juice to blemishes on the face and leave on for a few minutes then wash off with cold water. It’s best to do this at night so as to minimize sun exposure which may cause some irritation.
3. Scar Removal
As with the teeth whitening and fading of blemishes on the face, lemon juice applied to skin marks that cause some discolouration will fade them away effectively if used consistently. Again, it is advisable to do this directly to the affected areas and only at night.
*TIP – mix some lemon juice and oatmeal then apply the paste to underarms that have suffered from hyper-pigmentation (from shaving) and it will steadily even out the complexion.
4. Nail Care
Our nails are constantly in the line of fire and get damaged a lot. I know mine are! Lemons are an easy remedy for stained and/or weak nails. They fortify the nails and make them stronger as well as whiten the tips for that natural French manicure look.
*TIP – mix some lemon juice and olive oil and soak/massage fingers and nails for a few minutes to make them clean and strong.
Ok, yet another bleaching benefit for fast and hassle-free highlights that you don’t need to pay an arm and a leg for, apply some lemon juice to strands of hair and sit out in the sun for a while. The sun acts as a catalyst to the lemon’s bleaching power and lightens hair for a care-free highlight look. Easy peasy!
So next time life gives you lemons . . . pamper yourself!