Beauty Tips: Shahnaz Husain Shares Incredible Benefits of Lemon For Hair And Skin

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The lemon packs a real punch! There are a number of ways that the common lemon can be used for both health and beauty. Start your day with the juice of a lemon in a glass of warm water. Rich in Vitamin C, it builds up immunity against disease. The combination also helps to keep the system flushed, removing toxins and wastes. It keeps the skin clear and glowing, while weight watchers also find it beneficial.


As a cosmetic ingredient, lemon can be used in various ways, but avoid using it undiluted, as it can be harsh on the skin. On areas where the skin is thicker, like elbows and knees, rub lemon halves and wash off with water. Over a period of time, it cleanses and lightens dark elbows and knees. Mix lemon juice and rose water is equal quantities. Apply on the face and wash after 10 minutes, to tone oily skin and close the pores.

For rough hands, rub granulated sugar and the juice of a lemon together with the hands, till the sugar dissolves. Then rinse off with water. Done regularly, it will help to improve skin texture and remove tan.

For oily skin, dilute the juice of half a lemon in a glass of water and use this to wash your face. It helps to restore the normal acid-alkaline balance and also reduces surface oil. During summer, freeze lemon water in an ice-cube tray. Wrap the ice in a clean tissue or cloth and rub it gently on oily skin. It reduces oil and is extremely refreshing.

Apply honey mixed with one teaspoon lemon juice on the face daily. While honey moisturizes the skin, lemon juice restores the normal balance and lightens skin colour over a period of time. Lemon can also be used as a hair rinse. You can add lemon juice to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse, after your shampoo. For silky and shiny hair, add lemon juice to “tea water.” Boil used tea leaves in six cups of water and cool the liquid. Add the juice of one lemon and use it as a last rinse.

Lemon peels can be dried and powdered and used in face packs and scrubs. When nature has provided us with ideal ingredients, why should we use synthetic substances and essences? In fact, the human body responds well to natural substances, while it has an in-built resistance to synthetic ones. So, go natural with lemon!

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