I love the warm weather and am always inspired to buy more citrus as the temperature start to rise. Lemons, limes and oranges get their own separate fruit bowl from April through August! I decided to look for ways to use fresh lemons in my beauty routine. Since they are always there on my counter, it only makes sense to use them as often as I can, right? Have too many lemons? Keep reading for a few lemon beauty hacks!
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Ways to Use Fresh Lemons in Your Beauty Routine
Wondering what to do with too many lemons? I have some ideas for you! There are a ton of ways to use lemons that had nothing to do with a glass and some sugar. I thought I would share a few of these uses for lemons with you in case you love the smell as much as I do. Let me know if you have any other creative ways to use citrus around the house. There are 100 things to do with lemons online if you are hungry. But what if you don’t feel like eating them? Try a few of these suggestions:
Homemade Lip Treatment:
Do you have rough lips? The acidity of the lemon helps smooth the skin of your lips. Apply a bit of lemon juice to your lips at bedtime. When you wake up, rinse them and apply lip balm. Your lips will be kissable smooth in no time! Add in my Manuka Honey Lip Scrub or Raspberry Sugar Scrub for even smoother lips.
Lighten Your Hair:
One of the ways to use fresh lemons that is fairly popular is to lighten your hair. My daughter has been doing this every summer for a number of years. Apply lemon juice to your hair and sit in the sun for a bit. You will have to do this for at least a week before you see results. Use more conditioner in the shower, as the lemon juice will dry out your hair a little. This is one of my favorite lemon beauty hacks and I even used it when I was a teen.
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One of my favorite things to do with lemons for beauty is to clear up your complexion. When skin pores get clogged with crud, blackheads can result. Lemon juice is an astringent and will help clean out those pores. At bedtime, rub a bit of fresh lemon on your skin and let it set for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water and pat dry.
Drink warm lemon water:
You may not think that digestive health has anything to do with beauty but it really does. The more functional our digestive tract, the better we absorb nutrients and the healthier we are both inside and out. Every morning, heat a small amount of water (about 1/2 cup) until it is warm but not hot.
Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Add a touch of honey if you prefer a sweeter flavor and drink up. Get the most juice out of each lemon half with a stainless steel lemon squeezer. Check out my post on warm lemon water benefits for my experience with the process.
Lighten age spots:
As we get older, our skin has a tendency to develop areas of increased pigment called age spots. Lighten those the same way you do to clear blackheads. Apply the lemon juice at bedtime to your age spots. Rinse in the morning with cold water. You can also make this DIY lemon face mask. The combination of astringent lemon and bacteria fighting properties of the honey is great for your complexion.
DIY Lemon Face Mask
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
Mix all ingredients together and apply the mask to a clean face. Leave the lemon mask on for about 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Create healthier and whiter nails:
Hands take quite a beating with cleaning, cooking, gardening and all the other tough work that we do. Get your nails to look healthier and the tips to look whiter with lemon juice. All you need to do is combine a little bit of lemon juice with two tablespoons of olive oil. Then apply to your nails at night before bed. You will have healthy nails in no time!
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Use Fresh Lemons in DIY Cleansing Wipes:
This is one of my favorite ways to use fresh lemons in the summer. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a glass measuring cup. Add enough water to equal 6 ounces. Add a few drops of tea tree oil. Mix well. Pour into a shallow glass food storage container with lid. Cut paper towels to fit in the container. Store in the refrigerator. On a hot day, remove a wipe and run over your face, neck, arms, etc or use to clean your kids dirty hands after playing with earthworms!
Sugar and salt scrubs:
What can you do with lemons when you have too many? Use lemon juice along with the zest in your favorite sugar scrub recipes. Juice, zest, sugar or salt, a bit of oil and some herbs combine to make a wonderful body scrub or pre-shaving treatment for your legs! Check out this gardeners hand scrub recipe for a DIY lemon solution to rough hands!
Soften elbows, knees and heels:
Just like the lip exfoliation, lemon juice is great at softening rough skin on the rest of your body. During the summer, we show off a lot more knees, elbows and feet than we do the rest of the year. Rub a slice of lemon over those areas before bed to soften rough skin.
Fresh Lemons Control Dandruff:
One of the ways to use fresh lemons that was a complete shock to me was to help control dandruff! A mixture of water, ginger root, lemon juice, and olive oil can help slow down your scalp skin shedding problems. Head over to Good Housekeeping for a recipe for this natural dandruff control recipe.
Looking for creative things to do with lemons? They are seriously an incredibly useful part of any natural beauty routine. Don’t waste your money on expensive natural lemon beauty products at the store. Find creative DIY recipes and make them yourself!
Do you have any other ways to use fresh lemons that I missed?
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.