Lemon Beauty Recipes

Lemons are a refreshing way to spice up your beauty routine this summer. Not only are they great detoxifiers and toners for your skin, but they also offer great benefits for your nails, hands and feet.

DETOXIFY

Start your morning off right with as piping hot cup of hot water, lemon juice and honey. It’s a great way to rid your body of unwanted toxins from the day before.

ACNE FADING LEMON YOGURT MASK

1. 2 tablespoons honey.  Any organic brand.

2. 4 teaspoons lemon juice.  Freshly squeezed is best, but you can use bottled juice.

3. 3 teaspoons plain Greek yogurt

4. 1 egg white

The citric acid in lemons has natural lightening and exfoliating properties that help fade remaining acne marks. The egg white helps boost your skin’s ability to protect itself, and honey serves as an antibacterial agent and humectant that soothes and hydrates skin. In no particular order, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk them until the consistency thickens. Apply a tablespoon or two of the mask onto your clean, dry skin (enough to coat your face) and let it set for 15 minutes. Gently wash the mask off with warm water and pat dry. This recipe yields eight applications.

LEMON SUGAR HAND AND FOOT SCRUB

1. 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Raw or brown sugar with larger granules works too.

2. 2 tablespoons almond oil. You can also substitute apricot, olive, or jojoba oil.

3. Juice of half a lemon.

4. OPTIONAL: 3 drops lavender, mint, or rosemary essential oil.

This easy-to-make scrub is perfect for tired hands, feet, elbows, and even knees. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and immediately massage the mixture onto hands or feet. You can add a few drops of lavender, mint, or rosemary oil to invigorate and refresh. Rinse off with warm water, then slather on your favorite lotion for extra moisture.

MELLOW YELLOW NAIL RINSE

1 ripe lemon, cut in half

Small plastic ziplock bag

Prolonged sun exposure and long wearing nail polish can turn your nails yellow over time. To brighten your nails and reduce yellowing, first cut a ripe lemon in half. Squish the tips of your fingers into one half of the lemon and massage it on your fingers for two minutes. Store the lemons in a plastic ziplock bag and repeat this technique on every nail for five to seven days (try it on your toes, too!). After a week, you’ll notice whiter, cleaner nails.

So the next time you reach for that pitcher of ice cold lemonade this summer, make sure you save the lemons for later!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Courtesy of BeautyLish

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