• Wed, Jan 27 2010

Lemon Juice to the Rescue

Lemon juice is naturally rich with natural sugars and fruit acids. Not only does it bleach darkened or discolored areas, but it also removes dead skin cells. A natural antioxidant, lemon juice helps stimulate collagen production in your skin.

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Lemon juice provides lots of health benefits. Here are some beauty tips using lemon juice for anti-aging head to toe greatness:

Get Healthy Nails

Soak your fingernails (or toenails) in lemon juice for 10 minutes. Brush your nails with a nail brush or tooth brush using a mixture of ½ warm water and ½ white vinegar. Rinse with warm water. This treatment helps your fingernails stay bright, strong and shiny.

Brighten Skin

Use fresh lemon juice on any area of your body to brighten up and soften your skin. Rub a fresh lemon on this area before you go to bed and rinse in the morning. Try adding ½ cup of fresh lemon juice to your bath water. Soak for 20 minutes for an all over treatment.

Condition Hair

Combine ¾ cup olive oil, ½ cup raw honey and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Shampoo your hair, towel dry and work the mixture through your hair. Cover hair with a plastic cap for ½ hour. Shampoo and rinse your hair as usual. Damaged, dull hair will really benefit from this treatment.

Nourish Dry Skin

Make a mask by mixing equal parts lemon, honey and olive oil. Apply to dry skin area for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Freshen Breath

Lemon juice can be used to freshen your breath and has been used for years as a natural breath mint. Although alkalizing, the acidity in lemons helps destroy bacteria in your mouth that promotes bad breath. Drink lemon water to freshen up your breath all day.

Remember that it’s very wise to chose products that contain ingredients made from nature. Fresh squeezed lemon juice is one of the very best!

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  • http://agingfab Mayi

    Hate to be a “party pooper” about lemon..while I love lemons…I am careful about using it full strength on my skin…Years ago, I saw teen girls at our local swimming pool with shoulder skin burns from lemon juice they had used on their hair to lighten it during the summer months, which had dripped onto the skin. Luckily, their skin recovered but their shoulders looked a mess for awhile!

  • http://www.skincare-tips-and-facts.com Patricia

    Lemon are another one of Mother nature miracle fruit, I love to give myself a lemon honey scrub once in a while to give myself a nice. I would say to only use lemons at night so that on your skin so you won’t get burned.

  • http://www.2broadscast.com MzMelanie

    Shoot I was just coming to say that I was so happy to have a new dry skin remedy to try out, BUT now I’m kinda leery due to the first comment. I guess I’ll just stick with my handy gurugu

  • tom

    Lemon juice contains one of the AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids which is citric acid. It works by sloughing off dead skin, promoting skin elasticity, and enabling new skin cell growth rise from underneath. It also flushes out pores and keeps your skin feeling fresh and bright. Mayi, while you are correct in your statement it truly makes no sense to use citric acid in the sun unless you want to strip the skin or hair of it’s natural protective oils, thus turning the hair blonde. Taken internally and externally is extremely healthy in many ways;liver, kidney and skin proliferation to name a few. Can’t wait to meet you soon. For your benefit, a little FRESH lemon juice with some green tea is a terrific mood enhancer. Acids and sunlight is a bad combo for sure.

  • http://www.laser-eye-price.com/ Jamie Busher

    This was such an informative article that I emailed this page to friends and family. One thing relative your recommendations about lemons is that a study at Purdue University found that adding lemon juice to green tea can boost the effectiveness of catechins by 5 times (http://www.buy-lemons-online.com/ ). Five times. That’s huge for such a simple thing as adding lemon.

    Here is the quote: “According to Mario Ferruzzi, assistant professor of food science at Purdue University in Indiana, and the study’s lead author, catechins break down in non-acidic environments, such as the intestines, leaving less than 20 per cent of the antioxidants to be absorbed after digestion takes place. [However, when citrus juices or vitamin C are added to green tea, catechin levels are increased.] Citrus juices, including from limes, grapefruits, lemons and oranges, increased the levels of catechins by more than five times, with an 81 to 98 per cent recovery for EGC, 56 to 75 percent for EGCG, 86 to 95 per cent for EC and 30 to 55 per cent for ECG. Lemon juice was the most effective at preserving catechins in green tea, the study found.”

    Again, excellent article.
    Jamie

  • http://addictedtoblush.blogspot.com/ tanveer

    Hey, gr8 tips!

    But lemon juice should always be used in diluted form on the skin – it can make your skin more prone to sunburn. & yea, always use sunscreen post any lemon treatment for safety.

  • Phil

    once the lemon has dried.. I wait 5 minutes and then I apply olive oil.
    This is one of our family secrets. My mum is 50. She looks 30. But she
    mixes, she does lemon. Aloe vera (from the plant) then oil. Any vegetable
    oil is fine. Depends which smell you like. I just do lemon and oil. I’m thirty
    and easily pass for a 15 year old.. when I have a haircut and a shave.