Not only do your groceries keep you from going hungry, they also help keep you looking your best. Like many items found easily in your refrigerator and cupboards, lemons contain ingredients that can replace costly cosmetics. Lemons have a dual purpose. These zingy citrus fruits can improve your appearance and treat certain cosmetic conditions, as well as enhance the flavors of your culinary dishes and refreshing drinks.
Tone Your Skin
The acidic pH level of lemon juice can tone and refine the surface of your skin. Mix about 2 tbsp. lemon juice with 2 tbsp. vodka. Add 1 tbsp. distilled water and 1 tbsp. witch hazel. Shake gently to mix the ingredients. Dab a little on a cotton ball and apply to your facial skin. Rinse with cool water. You can store this in your refrigerator for about a week.
Pamper Your Elbows
You may notice your elbows appear slightly dirty, even after a shower. Lighten the darkened skin by cutting a lemon in half. Place the halves upright on a table. Sit and rest your elbows in the lemon halves. Remain in this position for at least 10 minutes. Rinse the lemon juice from your elbows. Repeat this every few days until you notice lighter skin.
Love Your Locks
Brighten and condition your hair with lemon juice. Squeeze about 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice into a cup. Add about ½ cup honey and ¾ cup olive oil. Stir your ingredients together to combine them into a smooth mixture. Apply this conditioner to your freshly washed, towel-dried hair. Cover with a plastic bag and relax for about 30 minutes. Use a shampoo to remove the conditioner from your hair, rinsing well.
Freshen Your Breath
Make use of that lemon wedge floating in your tea. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto your tongue and swish it around in your mouth, swallowing the juice after a few swishes. This can lower the pH level inside your mouth and kill the bacteria that causes bad breath.
Soak Your Feet
Not only will this feel refreshing, it can help soften the rough skin on your feet. Fill a foot bath or large container with warm water. Add 1 cup lemon juice, ¼ cup milk and a few tablespoons of olive oil. Swish the water to mix the ingredients together. Soak your feet in this bath for about 15 minutes, rinsing with warm water upon completion. Repeat this treatment once a week to encourage smooth feet.
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