When life gives you lemons...put them on your face! 9 Beauty Hacks Using Lemons

You may love lemonade, but your skin and hair love lemons even morethey have an amazing range of beauty benefits. Lemons contain vitamin c, calcium, folate, vitamin b5, vitamin b3, vitamin b1 and b2, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc as well as sugar, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, fat, and protein. Inside are some great uses for the sunny yellow wonder fruit.

Clarifying moisturizer: Add a few drops of coconut oil with a few drops of lemon juice and rub it on your skin. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production.

Astringent: Lemon is a great astringent and can be used as a skin astringent as well.

Dark circles on elbows and knees : If your elbows and knees appear dark, rub them with half of a lemon. Itll be like magic!

Blackhead treatment: Because lemons are antibacterial, they can help treat acne. Just slice a lemon, and squeeze the juice on your face. Your blackheads will start to fade before you know it.

Cleansing wipes: Try mixing a few drops of lemon and tea tree essential oil in about 6 ounces of distilled water. It can act as a toner or for use with cotton pads as a cleansing wipe for problematic skin.

Teeth whitener: Mix baking soda and lemon juice, and apply it to your teeth with a clean Q-tip. Then, use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse.

Shine eliminator: Lemon is great for reducing excess oil.

Lip exfoliator: Put a little lemon juice on your lips before bedtime, and wash it off in the morning to help remove dead skin cells and dried skin. One caveat: Obviously, if you already have severely chapped lips that have any cuts, do not try this.

Cleansing wipes: Make a mixture of your favorite cooking oil (try olive oil) with lemon juice, and soak your nails.  This is beneficial if your nails are dry and brittle, bu it's also a great way to help fix nails that have yellowed.

Hair Lightener: Get dye-free do-it-yourself highlights with lemon juice. Apply it before you expose your hair to sunlight to score a sun-kissed color. The lemon juice can also help treat a dry scalp and dandruff, so apply it liberally.

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