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Using Lemon Juice in a Beauty Regimen

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/27/2007 | Beauty
With the high cost associated with most beauty products, many people are making their own beauty products using all natural ingredients from Mother Nature. One of the best ingredients is fresh squeezed lemon juice. Many people already use real lemon juice for its convenience and delicious lemony taste in foods. As a value added benefit, lemon juice has a variety of beauty uses as well. From fingernails to hair, all natural lemon juice provides a myriad of benefits. Here are just a few of its uses:

Brighten and Strengthen Fingernails: Begin by soaking your fingernails in lemon juice for 10 minutes. Then brush your fingernails with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Then rinse your fingernails. You will be amazed at how shiny and healthy your fingernails look!

Eliminate Blackheads: Rub lemon juice over blackheads before going to bed at night. When you wake up the next morning, rinse your face with cool water. Repeat this cycle until blackheads are eliminated.

Condition Hair: Bring life and luster back to dull, damaged hair by combining 3 quarters of a cup of Olive Oil, with 1 half of a cup of raw honey and approximately 3 table spoons of lemon juice. Set the mixture aside. Shampoo, then rinse hair with tepid water. Towel dry hair, then work in a small amount of the lemon juice mixture and comb it evenly through the hair. Then cover hair with a plastic bag for a half hour. Finish by shampooing and rinsing hair one more time for luxuriously shiny hair!

Create Blonde Highlights: For a kinder all natural alternative to hair dyes and bleach, try this simple formula. Begin by rinsing your hair with a mixture consisting of 1 quarter of a cup of lemon juice and 3 quarters of a cup of water. Then simply sit in the sun for 20 minutes (after applying sunscreen, of course) to activate the lemon juice's natural bleaching properties.

Breath Freshener: To quickly freshen bad breath, simply squirt a few drops of lemon juice into your mouth, swish it around and then swallow it. The citric acid content alters the ph level in your mouth, thus killing odor causing bacteria.

Mind Soothing Relaxation: For a perfect bath, simply add some lemon juice and sea salts to the bath water, then soak your cares away.

As you can see, the amazing lemon is a lot more than just a sour fruit. Why not try one of these great lemon beauty recipes today?