Lemon Water (must read detox secret) still continues to be a huge morning ritual at our house. Even my daughter likes it, hers is with honey or maple syrup and we just love our lemons! So with that *love* in mind, I’m happy to announce that there’s a few more things you can do with lemons outside of using them in the kitchen, did you know? Yes, you will be taking them with you to the bathroom now ;D
3 unusual uses for lemons in beauty care:
1. Heal Blemishes and Acne!
I swear by this one as I personally do this once a while when I get an unwanted visitor and I need a *fix*.
How to use lemons to heal blemishes and acne: Pre-wash your face and body as you normally would. Do not apply any cremes to the problem areas. Squeeze out a small amount of fresh lemon juice onto a little dish (a soy sushi dish works great) or a spoon even, take to the bathroom and dab your finger or a q-tip into the lemon juice and apply straight to the problem area. It may sting a little.
You can also use lemon juice as a tonic to splash all over your skin! (ps. I do this all the time. It makes my skin beautiful and adds great minerals and natural lemon oil to the skin). *make sure you squeeze out some of the juice and not rub a piece of lemon on your skin as little pulp pieces may get stuck on your skin and that just doesn’t feel nice at all – trust me! ;)
2. Use Lemons as a Natural Deodorant!
I know what you’re thinking ~ What!? Just try it! Really! Lemon juice kills bacteria and prevents your armpits from smelling. And what’s wrong with smelling lemony? It’s a great scent, why not! It’s so inexpensive, you probably have a few in the fridge anyway and it makes the best natural deodorant on the planet.
Be sure you use the juice only and do not rub pieces onto the skin as the pulp may leave a sticky film. Also, if you shave your armpits, ladies, do not use on top of cut skin. Ouch!
Because lemons are alkaline and they balance your pH levels – that’s exactly what you do with using lemon juice – it’s a natural deodorant with natural pH balance! Brilliant!
3. Lemons are a Natural Hand Sanitizer!
Yes, lemon juice can also disinfect germy hands. A great idea is to take some freshly squeezed lemon juice into a small travel-sized lotion dispenser next time you’re going out. Way better than to use commercially bought *toxic triclosan* hand sanitizers that are not safe.
This new DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer is convenient to use in the car, at work or out at the grocery store (oh dear, these shopping carts can be gross! ;) Kids can use multiple applications of this stuff when they are at the shopping mall with you and just have to touch everything!
We’re not germaphobes at all ~ but a little nice natural hand sanitizing always makes me feel good. Plus lemon juice has a natural oil in it that actually leaves the skin soft and moisturized. Just rub a few drops into your hands all over. Bonus – they smell great!
If possible, store in the refrigerator when not using as it can start to go rancid. If it’s kept in a cold area it can stay fresh for up to a week.
To go with this idea, whenever I handle lemons for a drink like my watermelon-ade or even just cutting a few slices for my tea – I don’t wash my hands with soap after. I just wipe them and leave the lemon juice right in. It’s like getting free disinfecting lotion!
Do you know any alternative uses for lemons in beauty care?
Let’s keep this about beauty. I also use lemons for cleaning but that will be next time ;) xo Ella
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