The versatility of lemons makes them great for cooking, flavoring your drinks, encouraging healthy hair, and more. You can also start adding lemons to your beauty routine, since they have so many cosmetic benefits. Instead of paying big bucks for cosmetic products and treatments, try using these lemon juice cosmetic treatments.
Lemons are a great haircare ingredient. Lemons have powerful properties that can help you achieve the beautiful, healthy hair that you desire. Lemons contain plenty of vitamin C, which means they’re great for brightening hair. Since they have anti-inflammatory properties, they are great for treating scalp problems. The juice from a lemon can even help you control dandruff. Here’s a look at some of the best ways you can use lemons for gorgeous hair.
1. Lemon Dandruff Treatment
If you’re dealing with dandruff, lemons can eliminate the problem. Mix some fresh lemon juice with some warm olive oil. Rub the mixture onto your scalp and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse away the mixture and shampoo as normal. The lemon juice helps to remove dandruff and the olive oil moisturizes the scalp. You may notice a bit of tingling on the scalp from the lemon juice. Don’t use this treatment more than once weekly.
2. Lemon Hair Loss Treatment
If you are dealing with hair loss, the vitamins in lemon juice may help. Combine the juice of one lemon with an equal amount of coconut water. Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave on your hair for 30-60 minutes. Do this once weekly to reinvigorate the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
3. Naturally Bleach Hair with Lemon
If you want to lighten your hair or add some natural looking highlights, consider using lemons. Lemons offer an all-natural, chemical free way to lighten your hair. Put some lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray on hair. If you just want highlights, apply to only certain areas of your hair. Sit outside and let your hair dry in the sun. You may need to repeat this process several times to see significant results. This usually works best on people with lighter hair.
4. Anti-Buildup Lemon Treatment
Over time, shampoo and styling products can build up in your hair. That buildup can leave your hair limp and heavy. You can use a lemon treatment to remove buildup and excess oil. To remove buildup, gently massage a couple tablespoons of lemon juice through your hair. Rinse the lemon juice away after a couple minutes. It should eliminate buildup without removing the natural oils that your hair needs.
5. Lemon Leave-In Conditioner
A leave-in conditioner often makes it easier for you to detangle hair after you wash it. It also keeps ends moisturized, even if you use heat treatments on your hair. Instead of paying big bucks for a leave-in conditioner packed with chemicals, make your own lemon based leave in conditioner. You’ll need one cup of water, 1 pack of plain gelatin, 4 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. To make the conditioner, mix the gelatin and water together in a saucepan over medium heat until the gelatin has dissolved. After the gelatin dissolves, add the lemon juice. Allow to cool until you have a gel. Place the gel, coconut oil, and the aloe vera into a blender or food processor. Blend until you have a smooth, creamy mixture. Use the same way you would any other leave-in conditioner.
6. Nail Strengthener
If you want beautiful, healthy nails, lemon juice is a wonderful nail strengthener. To strengthen nails, make a solution of lemon juice and olive oil. Soak finger nails in the solution for ten minutes. Rinse away the lemon and oil with some warm water. Not only will you notice that nails are stronger, but the lemon juice helps to soften cuticles and remove any leftover dark or yellowish tinge that has been left behind by dark nail polish.
7. Eliminate Dark Skin on Elbows and Knees
If your elbows or knees are dark and dry, lemon juice can help soften the skin and eliminate the darkness. Make a paste out of baking soda and lemon juice. Scrub the paste into knees and elbows to help remove tough, dead skin. Rinse with a bit of lemon juice and water. The lemon juice will also help to bleach the dark skin so your elbows and knees do not look as dark. Make sure you moisturize well after using the lemon treatment.
8. Eliminate Excess Oil
Are you tired of having a shiny forehead and chin throughout the day? Before you apply your makeup, apply a lemon based skin toner. Make your own skin toner by combining a tablespoon of witch hazel, two tablespoons of lemon juice, and one tablespoon of distilled water. Mix well in a bottle. Apply with a cotton ball to skin to eliminate oil before applying your makeup. You will notice that this toner helps to fight oil all day long.
9. Deal with a Streaky Home Tan
There’s nothing worse than dealing with a streaky orange tan. If you do not want to look like a pumpkin, grab a lemon to deal with the problem. Cut the lemon in half and rub the cut end over the area that has streaked. Continue rubbing over the area until the tan looks even and natural. Allow skin to dry and then gently wash away the lemon juice. Since lemon juice makes skin more sensitive to the sun, keep skin well protected from the sun for the next few days.
10. Exfoliate Lips
If your lips have dead skin on them, you will not get the smooth, beautiful look you want when applying your lipstick. To exfoliate your lips, combine some fresh lemon juice with a drop of glycerin. Apply to lips and leave on overnight. The lemon helps exfoliate skin and the glycerin moisturizes your lips. If you have dark lips, this combination can help lighten lips as well. After exfoliating and moisturizing with your lemon and glycerin mixture, lips will be smooth the next day. You’ll have a perfect base for your lipstick.