Homemade beauty products for when life gives you lemons
Lemons are a staple in my kitchen and I hope they are in yours too. I love their tangy, refreshing flavour and they’re so versatile, perfect from fish to desserts. I might love lemon chicken and lemon meringue, but my hair and skin love DIY lemon beauty products even more as this sunny yellow fruit is packed with a range of beauty benefits.
Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium. These minerals and antioxidants all improve the appearance and condition of our hair, skin and nails. So let’s explore some beauty treatments….
Skin Brightening Face Mask :
This mask is the perfect antidote for tired skin that looks dull and lifeless.
Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants in nature as it neutralizes free radicals and boosts collagen production. These 2 benefits are essential for keeping our skin looking young, wrinkle free and glowing.
- 1 Tbsp plain yoghurt
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Avoiding your eye area apply the paste to your face and neck using a circular motion. Leave on your face for approximately 15 minutes. Remove the mask with warm water and pat your face dry with a soft, clean towel. For optimum results repeat this process on a regular basis.
Anti-Acne and Blackhead Skin Toner :
Toners are used to restore the pH balance to your skin. Used regularly, this toner will help provide you with a clear, blemish-free skin.
Lemons have antibacterial and astringent properties, perfect for combatting pesky blackheads and acne. This toner will help dissolve dead cells, remove excess sebum and dirt trapped in your pores and dry out the skin around blackheads, encouraging them to naturally press out.
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup distilled water
Pour the water and lemon juice into a bottle. Shake to combine. Dab the water onto a cotton pad and gently wipe over your face using a stroking motion, avoiding your eye area. Let the toner dry and moisturise as normal. It’s best to only do this treatment at night as lemons are photosensitive and could make your skin susceptible to sun damage.
Under Eye Dark Circle Remover:
There are many reasons why we get dark circles under our eyes. Poor diet, lack of sleep and even long hours staring at computers (eye strain) can all be culprits. Whatever the cause, lemons are here to banish them.
There are two types of almond oil, the bitter and the sweet. Be sure not to use the bitter one as this is used to add flavour and aroma and shouldn’t be used on the skin. Almond oil is rich in vitamin E and contains fatty acids that supply nourishment to the skin. It also has emollient properties, which soften and moisturize the skin around the eyes. Here it works with the skin bleaching properties of lemons as well as their vitamin C for collagen production.
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbps almond oil
Add the lemon juice to the almond oil and mix together. Once you’ve cleaned the area around your eyes, gently apply a small amount onto the dark circles. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and then rinse off. You can even leave it on overnight and rinse off in the morning. Repeat daily.
Natural Highlights Solution:
This spritzer works best on hair that is already blonde, ash or light brown. I remember as a teenager applying pure lemon juice to my hair and hanging out by the pool, but it’s best to add the water and conditioner or essential oil to keep your hair from drying out.
Lemons have natural bleaching properties due to their high concentration of citric acid which is ideal for lightening your hair and enhancing blonde streaks.
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup filtered water
- 1 -2 drops lemon essential oil or a touch of hair conditioner (optional) if your hair is prone to dryness
Add the lemon juice, water and optionally the essential oil or conditioner to a spray bottle and shake together. Spritz directly onto your hair and sit in mild sunshine for optimal results. The more you do this, the lighter your hair will become.
Natural Shine Rinse:
Used as a final rinse, this will add shine to dull and damaged hair.
Lemons have a compound called limonene, which helps add a natural shine to your hair. Tea is rich in polyphenols and vitamins E and C, which help make hair soft and shiny. Tea also contains caffeine which blocks the hormone DHT, the hormone that’s responsible for hair loss. The caffeine also stimulates the hair follicle and improves hair growth.
- 1 tea bag
- 1 cup boiling water
- Juice of 1 lemon
Steep the tea in a cup of boiling water for approximately half an hour. Squeeze the lemon juice into the tea and stir through. Use it as a last rinse in your normal hair routine to give you that extra shine.
Nail & Cuticle Strengthener:
Nail care is an essential part of my beauty routine and this treatment is perfect for strengthening dry and brittle nails. It’s also perfect for whitening my nails (after too many gelish treatments!)
The Vitamin C and lutein in the lemon juice strengthens the nails, whitens the nails and softens the cuticles whilst the olive oil adds extra moisture.
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
Mix the olive oil and lemon juice together. Heat until it’s warm to the touch. Apply the mixture to the surrounding cuticles, the entire nail bed as well as the underside of your nail. Just ensure you have no small cuts as the lemon juice will burn!. Leave on for about 15 minutes or alternatively, you can wear soft gloves and sleep with it on. (the gloves are to stop the mixture from getting onto your linen)
There you have it! DIY lemon beauty products to add to your beauty regime, easy peasy lemon squeezy!