Tired of buying those expensive creams and lotions without really getting any results? If you want to switch to a more economical and natural solution, simply look in your refrigerator where lies a two-rupee beauty wonder. We are talking about lemons that can enhance your beauty without costing a bomb and minus all the chemicals. Lemons are great for health and have multiple health benefits but they also work amazingly on our skin and hair. Here’s how you can use them to whip up some quick homemade packs and reap in the benefits. (ALSO SEE Top 5 ways to include more lemons in your diet)Also Read - Lighten Knees And Elbows Naturally With These 3 Easy Home Remedies
Important tip: Before you use any homemade pack, it is always recommended to do a patch test to identify if it suits your skin. Apply a drop of it on your elbow or arm and let it stay for 10 minutes. Then wash off with water. If your skin feels the same, it is safe to use it on your face, etc. This will help prevent any allergic reactions. Even natural products can cause rashes at times if they do not suit your skin so don’t forget to do a patch test every time you try something new. Also Read - How to Get Rid of Dandruff: Shahnaz Husain Shares Useful Tips to Get Relief From Flaky, Itchy Scalp
Another point to remember when using lemon or lemon juice on your skin and hair is not to apply for more than 10 minutes and avoid going out in the sun post the treatment. This is because it can cause a reaction and lead to darkening. Also Read - 5 Easy and Incredible Homemade Remedies for Glowing Skin
Lemon as a skin lightener
Lemons have citric acid that helps fade away blemish marks, spots and lighten your skin tone in the process. The juice of lemon can work wonders for your skin and banish problems like tanning and pigmentation.
Squeeze out the juice of one or two lemons in a bowl and remove the seeds. Now add a dash of honey to it and stir well. Apply this on marks or on your entire face and neck. Leave it for five to 10 minutes and then wash your face with lukewarm water. Apply sunscreen if you try this in the day. Continue using this pack once or twice every week to see visible results in four weeks. (ALSO SEE How to get fair skin naturally)
Lemon for banishing dandruff
The citric acid in this fruit can also help get rid of dandruff from your scalp due to its fighting action that eliminates bacteria. You can use this after you wash your hair and within a few times of using, you will notice a change.
Fill half a mug with lemon juice and then dilute the solution with water. This will reduce the harshness of the juice. After you have washed your hair, pour this solution on your scalp. Let it stay for five to 10 minutes before rinsing it off with plain water. Do this once or twice every week for a month to get rid of dandruff. (ALSO SEE Home remedies for dandruff)
Lemon for getting rid of pimples
If you have an oily, acne-prone skin, you should use lemon for your beauty problems. The drying properties of lemon will help keep acne at bay and also dry out the existing ones faster. And if your acne has left a mark behind, the lemon juice will lighten it too.
Simply apply a drop of lemon juice on the pimple and let it dry for 10 minutes before washing off with plain water. You can also mix some drops of honey in it to make your skin feel smooth and soft.
Lemon scrub for soft lips
Soft, pink lips are considered healthy as well as beautiful and if you always wanted this, you now have a solution. A lemon scrub will help exfoliate your lips by removing dead skin cells and will also lighten them. The result will be kissable lips instantly.
In a bowl mix lemon juice and sugar granules. The juice granules should soak the juice so that the consistency of the pack is like a scrub and not a lotion. Now gently rub this on your lips in circular motion. Leave in on for five minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Apply clear lip balm with SPF to protect from sun rays. Do this once every week and you will see the change from the first time itself. (ALSO SEE How to get pink lips)
Lemon for strengthening nails
Do your nails chip or break very easily? If yes, it means you have brittle nails which means it is difficult to grow them as they tend to crack. However, instead of using fake nails, you can use this natural remedy to make your real nails stronger and less brittle. Lemon helps in strengthening the nails and also helps in whitening them.
As we do in most Indian restaurants after a meal, simply fill a bowl with lukewarm water and squeeze a lemon into it. Dip your fingers in it and soak them for five minutes. Wash off with plain water. Do this every day for 10 days to see the change. Your nails will have a better appearance and will also smell good. (ALSO SEE How to whiten nails at home naturally)
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