Who isn’t a fan of good and simple beauty routines that can keep the skin glowing and healthy? We are here to tell you that you don’t need to travel across lands to find natural remedies that can keep up with a healthy regimen for your skin. The ingredient is right at your home, in the fridge; LEMONS! Yes, you heard that right, lemons are a great natural source of vitamin C, fiber, and citric acid. They are also a decent source of potassium and vitamin B6. Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, thereby helping reduce skin damage and premature aging.
Lemon can be added to any other natural ingredient, to get that added benefit and to create all your skincare essentials. Following are the ingredients that lemon can be added to make your own skincare products:
Lemon & Coconut water
To unveil the use of lemon as a clarifying moisturizer, mix it with a few drops of coconut water. Coconut water helps hydrate your skin and lemon clears the pores giving you radiant and hydrated skin. Note: if you have sensitive skin, do a patch test on your skin first.
Lemon, honey & essential oil (for dry skin)
This would work wonders for dry skin. Simply mix honey and lemon juice, and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Honey and oil help make the skin plump and glowing, while lemon helps remove dead skin cells.
Note: since lemon is photosensitive in nature, be careful to avoid direct sun exposure within 24 hours of using the mask.
Lemon, rose water & essential oil
A secret weapon in your skincare routine is the use of a good toner. Lemon along with rose water and essential oil can be used as a toner to remove any traces of dirt that the cleanser may have left behind. It is also a great way of saving some bucks. By mixing your own toner that involves only natural and healthy ingredients suited to your skin type.
Lemon and water (for oily skin)
Add one cup water and half cup lemon juice, to create your own toner. Use filtered or distilled water for best results, lemon removes excess oil, tightens the pores, and kills bacteria.
Lemon & yogurt
A beauty routine is incomplete without a cleanser, lemon juice with its natural antibacterial properties can be mixed with a tablespoon of yogurt which is known for its lactic acid reservoir, which is inherently exfoliating. Together they act as the best natural cleanser. Yogurt prevents the lemon from drying out your skin, making it brighter and softer.
Lemon, glycerine & honey
Glycerine has anti-aging properties; honey moisturizes and kills bacteria that cause acne, and lemon of course evens out the skin and reduces pigmentation, making this DIY cleanser the best you can get.
Lemon & milk
Now this DIY may come across as a lifesaver. Lemon and milk help clean out blackheads (whaaaa???!!). Yes, because lemons contain a natural form of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) also called citric acid, they help in removing the blackheads. Mix it with one tablespoon of raw milk, apply to your T-zone for 15 minutes to let the AHAs do their magic. Apply at least once every day for possible outcomes.
Lemon & Egg white
Lemon is a natural bleaching agent, and egg whites are excellent for tightening your pores. It will squeeze those stubborn blackheads right out of your T zone and from other blackhead-prone areas of your face, making your skin look clear and blemish-free.
Lemon & brown sugar
To get that soft, plump, and smooth lips you can mix a few drops of lemon juice with some brown sugar to create your own lip scrub. Remember AHA, citric acid? It acts as a chemical exfoliator while sugar acts as a physical exfoliator to remove the dead skin cells, but be careful, do not use this mix if you have severely chapped lips with cuts.
While lemon is considered to house an amazing amount of natural good-for-your-skin minerals, vitamins, and acids, there are certain things to keep in mind before applying DIY skincare essentials; wounds, cuts, bruises, and rashes are enemies to lemon juice.
People with sensitive skin should always do patch tests before applying lemon to their skin. Never use a whole lemon directly onto your skin, as it contains acid and too much acid (or anything for that matter) can wreck your skin, by disrupting its natural oil production and pH balance.
So, keep these pointers in mind and grab the ingredients from your kitchen and begin your economical and simple beauty routine today! And don’t forget to drink lots of lemonade this summer!