Lemons have been used for hundreds of years on both skin and hair. The citric acid in lemons act as an effective astringent by penetrating through pores to remove excess oils, dirt, dead skin cells and even blemishes, leaving you with a brighter complexion and healthier-looking skin.
As a natural source of vitamin C, lemons are also used to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of age spots. When it comes to hair, the acids in lemons are brilliant for cleansing both your scalp and hair to remove shampoo and oil buildup, and even reduce dandruff.
1. Cleansing exfoliator
Combine the juice of ½ a lemon with 1 Tbsp. of good-quality olive oil in an airtight container and whisk with a fork to mix well. Add 1 Tbsp. of honey and mix until it becomes a medium consistency, then mix in ½ cup of raw sugar.
You can add more or less honey and olive oil to make the scrub thicker or thinner, and even add more sugar if you feel it needs more scrub.
2. Lemon revitalizing mask
Combine 2 Tbsp. good quality natural yogurt and 1 Tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice and mix well.
Apply the mask to your face and neck after cleansing, avoiding the eye area.
Leave it on to dry for 20 to 30 minutes; you'll feel it tightening on your face and neck, which creates a lifting and firming affect. If desired, you can leave it on for up to an hour to increase the effects.
Rinse off with warm water, then with cold water, and gently pat your face dry before applying moisturizer.
3. Hydrating cleanser with honey and olive oil
Combine ¾ of a cup of olive oil, ½ a cup of raw honey and three Tbsp. of lemon juice.
After shampooing, massage the mixture from your scalp to your ends. Wrap your hair in a heat cap or plastic wrap and leave in for 30 minutes, then rinse.
4. Lemon hair rinse
If you have oily hair or buildup from products, mix ¼ a cup of lemon juice with ½ a cup of water and rinse it through your hair after shampooing and conditioning. It will leave your hair looking brighter and healthier.
5. Dandruff treatment
Mix the juice of ½ lemon with ¼ of a cup coconut oil and rub into your scalp. Leave in for 15 minutes then wash your hair as normal.
It’s important to test any homemade beauty recipes on sensitive skin, like the on the inside of your wrist, to make sure you don’t have a bad reaction to any ingredients. So always remember to do a quick patch test before applying anything.