When life gives you lemons, save it for the spa day! It is no secret that lemon is a storehouse of vitamin C and antioxidants. It also has antibacterial properties that give products its long shelf life. Any skin care or haircare product you use will have vitamin C as one of its core ingredients. If you are a person who loves making DIY skincare and hair care products on your own, the little lemon squeeze is going to do your skin and hair wonders. From hair scrubs to face masks, here are some of the most valuable ways to use lemons. So if you were wondering what to do with the half-cut lemon on the door of your fridge, we have recipes you are going to absolutely love! Read on to know all the unconventional uses of lemons!
1. Change Your Hair Color
Whoever said hair color can be done through bleach and ammonia! Lemon juice is one of the best natural ingredients to open up hair cuticles and break through the natural hair pigment. If you have been meaning to bleach your hair, simply add lemon juice to your hair and then let it soak in the sun. You will find your hair color changing and lightening gradually, and then you can add the color you want.
Pro Tip: If you do it regularly, your hair might turn frizzy and dry. So it’s essential to supplement your hair with deep conditioning to retain the moisture.
2. Hair Highlights
If you are not a fan of changing the color of your whole hair and want to add streaks, that too can be done with the help of lemon juice. Simply segregate the hair you want the highlight on and spray lemon water regularly. You will notice that the color of that hair has lightened than the rest of your hair.
3. Fights Acne
The antibacterial properties of lemon are what helps you give a tough fight to acne. Be it removing stubborn acne marks or removing the breeding grounds of bacterial growth, lemon consistently ranks first. Here is how to make a face scrub for yourself with a lemon.
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 spoon honey
Take all the ingredients and mix them in a bowl. Massage it on your face for 3-4 seconds and then rinse it away.
4. Lemon Toner
In combination with cucumber, Lemon can be the perfect toner for your skin. The abundance of vitamin C and antioxidants is what you need to reduce inflammation and give your face a calming effect.
Take two spoons of lemon juice in half a cup of cucumber juice and mix it. Dab a cotton ball in the mixture and put it on your face. You can store the toner in your fridge for up to a month.
5. Salt And Lemon Scrub
Salt is an excellent exfoliator and is used in many natural scrubs. Adding a lemon also brings a natural shine to your skin. If you have dry and sensitive skin, you can replace the salt and try sugar instead. Take the lemon zest and add a cup of kosher salt. Mix it with half a cup of almond oil and apply it to your body in a circular motion. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then wash it away with lukewarm water.
6. Hair Spa
There are times when you have to be at places where the hard water leaves residue in your hair after shampooing. This is when you need to add lemon juice to your hair to reduce the greasiness and make your hair shinier.
Take two spoons of lemon juice in a cup of warm water and pour it over your hair. Let it sit for a minute, and then wash it away.
7. Remove Body Hair
There are numerous ways to get rid of body hair, but sugaring has gained popularity as something you can make and do yourself. Even though the main ingredient is sugar, you need something acidic to stop the sugar from crystallizing. Once you know how to do it, this will be your favorite way to get rid of the adamant body hair.
8. Lemon Face Mask
Just because lemon juice is abrasive in nature does not mean it cannot serve as a perfect face mask. It can improve your complexion and remove discoloration and spots. In combination with natural ingredients like yogurt and aloe vera, it can reduce inflammation and heal problems like sunburn.
9. Eliminate Blackheads
Blackheads result from clogged pores due to excess oil production or dead skin. Lemon is a perfect ingredient for unclogging pores and fighting impurities. It breaks down the outermost layer of skin and cleanses the dirt away in a single wash. After cleansing, you can also add honey to make your skin supple and hydrated.
So now that you know how valuable lemons can be, you will surely use them more and more to make your skin glow and stay healthy. Make sure you read on the procedure as the acidic nature of lemon might bleach your hair and skin if you overuse it. So, do you have any secrets to using lemon for your skin and hair? Let us know in the comments below!