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lemons and honey for hair and skinI’m sure we have all had this happen.  You meet someone for the first time and you cannot take your eyes off them because their skin and hair just radiated with a healthy glow?  Their skin was moist and dewy and fresh, and their hair was shiny and full of life.  Did you wonder what their secret was?   Well, I’m going to share a few simple things you can do at home that can help you on your way to healthy, radiant glowing skin and hair.  It’s easy, inexpensive and you will love the results.

Lemons For Skin and Hair

I’m not going to tell you to go out and buy some product on the drugstore shelf.  Chances are, those items are loaded with chemicals and additives – things that aren’t really good for you.  So let’s not go that route.  Instead, step into your kitchen and open your refrigerator…..and take out a lemon.

Lemons have been used for skin and hair for many, many centuries.  What does a lemon contain that is so beneficial to skin and hair?  The citrus acid that lemons contain acts as an effective astringent for the skin.  What is an astringent?  An astringent is a substance that penetrates through the pores to get rid of excess oils to remove dirt and dead skin cells, thereby  giving the skin a more healthy appearance.  Lemons help get rid of blackheads, pimples and blemishes.  Lemons are also highly acidic, making them  effective antiseptics  that kill off bacteria on our skin.

Most over-the-counter astringents contain alcohol.  But, lemons do the same thing without the drying effect of the alcohol.

Lemons also act as an exfoliant.  An exfoliant removes dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, thereby releasing more youthful, healthier skin.  Dull, dry skin makes us appear older and less healthy, but a bright, smooth complexion makes us appear more youthful.  Lemons act as a natural exfoliant for skin.

Lemons are known to brighten or reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and skin discolorations such as age spots and pimple marks.  This results in a better overall appearance of your skin.

Below are a few recipes that will have your skin beautiful and youthful-looking in no time!  You will enjoy them.

Lemon Mask For Your Skin

Cut a fresh lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a small bowl.  Add 1/4 cup of oats and one tablespoon of honey to the juice to make a paste.  Rub the inside of the  lemon over your freshly washed skin, then put the oatmeal-lemon-honey mask on your skin, avoiding your eye area.  Leave on for about 15 minutes and then remove with lots of warm water.   Use this natural skin therapy up to three times per week to improve skin cell turnover.  Your skin will be brighter, fresher and clearer very quickly.

What About Lemons For My Hair?

The acids in lemon juice are excellent in removing shampoo and oil buildup on your hair.  It will also help to reduce dandruff buildup, too.

Lemon-Honey Conditioner

You can use lemon as a hair conditioner.  Combine ¾ cup olive oil, ½ cup raw honey and three tablespoons lemon juice.  Put on your wet hair and then wrap the hair with a heat cap or plastic wrap, and let the mixture stay in your hair for about 30 minutes before shampooing and rinsing.

If you have oily hair or if you have a residue buildup of shampoos, conditioners, and oils – for cleaner, brighter hair, after washing your hair and conditioning it, as a final rinse, mix the juice of 1/2 lemon in a quart of water and rinse your hair.  Your hair will be in a cleaner, better condition.

If you want natural highlights for your hair, blend ¼ cup lemon juice and ¾ cup water and apply to your hair.  Sit in the sun for about half an hour.  Or you can blow dry the mixture in your hair for the same effect.

Lemons as a dandruff treatment

Mix the juice of 1/2 lemon with warm olive or coconut oil and rub into your scalp, and let the mixture remain on your skin for about 15 minutes, then shampoo and rinse as usual.

So, why not try these recipes of lemons for skin and hair.  You will be amazed at how great your skin and hair will look with regular use.

Do you use lemons as part of your skin and hair care routine?  Let us know how you use this amazing citrus fruit 🙂

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