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The lemon and beauty

from porceleindoll - Wednesday, January 14, 2004
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Lemon Juice - Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips

By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels.

The refreshing, uplifting fragrance of lemon is such a great antidote to the winter blahs. But lemon juice does more than give us a much-needed aromatherapy pick-me-up: its all-natural beautifying properties have been relied upon by Wise Ones throughout the ages.

Find out how lemon can be put to work for you--to give bounce to and shine to hair, lighten age spots or discoloration, smooth your feet, and make your skin look fresher and younger. Hereís how.

Lemon is rich in fruit acids that will gently remove dead skin cells and bleach darkened or discolored areas. We recommend you only use fresh-squeezed juice, not the bottled stuff, which contains anti-oxidizing chemicals that are harmful to the skin.

Discontinue using any of these formulas if you experience discomfort or sensitivity.

Here are our lovely, lively lemon beauty tips:

1. To lighten discolored elbows: cut a lemon in half and place one elbow in each half for approximately ten minutes. Lemonís acids will gently break down the dark patches of skin so they may be washed away.

2. To exfoliate dead skin and diminish the appearance of freckles and age spots, gently rub a cut lemon and 1/2 teaspoon sugar granules over the skin for a few minutes. Repeat at least once a week until the darkened areas fade.

3. Another way to lighten age spots: simply sit with a slice of lemon applied directly to the area for ten minutes. Repeat once a week until spots fade.

4. Lemon hair conditioner: Mix the juice of one lemon with one cup warm water and apply to hair. Allow to remain for a few minutes, then rinse. This will add fresh bounce and shine.

5. Dandruff treatment: Mix a few tablespoons of fresh lemon with warm olive oil and rub gently into scalp. Allow to remain for 15 minutes, then shampoo and rinse as usual.

6. For smooth, pretty feet: In a foot bath, combine 1 cup of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 cup milk and enough water to fill the basin. (You may also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance, if you like.) Soak feet for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Do this once a week for several weeks for noticeably softer, smoother feet.

7. Astringent toner for oily skin: Combine the following--2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons vodka, 1 tablespoon distilled water, 1 teaspoon witch hazel. Apply with clean cloth or cotton balls to skin, then rinse. Caution: do not apply to broken skin, as it will sting! This formula will keep in the refrigerator for a week.

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from Holon
Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 12:58


As a hairstylist of 13 years, I must advise against the lemon in the hair thing. I will dry your hair out very badly!Hair bounces when it is very dry.And if you color you hair it will lighten it.(more so on red hair)and there goes a good color job.

Lots of people believe natural is better but thats not always the case.Like That Henna stuff. VERY VERY bad!Henna is one of the worst things you can put into your hair next to bleach.

My 2 cents, Holon
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from nAuty
Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 10:30


Mix 1 Part Lemon & 1 Part Salt and put on skin if you've dripped hair dye all over your ears or other parts of your body. Leave on (about 30 sec.) until it disappears . . .like magic.
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From Holon
Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 13:01

also taking the same color you used for your hair, on a paper towel and rubbing the area will remove the color aswell.(reply to this comment
from white nails
Friday, January 16, 2004 - 02:03


for nice white nails, set your fingers in half a lemon for 10 minutes, rinse it's done!
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from Alf
Thursday, January 15, 2004 - 15:13

You can't beat a good facial.
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From egg beater
Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 16:50


oh really? Then how else is it done?(reply to this comment

From Joe H
Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 12:48

Am I the only one whose mind is dirty enough to get this one? I guess subtlety is the only thing that'll keep you out of the Trailer Park these days.(reply to this comment
From sarafina
Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 13:29

No Joe, I think most everyone got it. Your just the only one who just couldn't refuse the opportunity to comment on it. =)(reply to this comment
From Sonderval
Wednesday, January 21, 2004, 02:59

Aye ;-)(reply to this comment
from Sonderval
Thursday, January 15, 2004 - 14:44


pfft, chicks. :p

jk ;)
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from exister
Thursday, January 15, 2004 - 11:40

I myself prefer to rub crushed, rotten papaya all over my hairy chest and neck whilst lying nude in our local city park. Doesn't go over so well with the cops though, until I explain to them that it is a religious ritual and they can't infringe on my right to religious expression. Go First Amendment!
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From porceleindoll
Thursday, January 15, 2004, 18:30

Just a tip there on the papaya Exister, you don't want to leave it on for more than 10 minutes because the enzymes will start to eat at your skin. But for at least 10 minutes papaya is a wonderful mask.(reply to this comment
From exister
Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 16:42

Will the enzymes also eat my calloused knobby nipples? What about the matted curly hair that runs all the way up to my chin?(reply to this comment
From Sonderval
Wednesday, January 21, 2004, 03:02


Don't risk it mate, with knobby nipples and matted curly hair that runs all the way up to your chin you have a career as Burt Lancaster's body double just waiting for you.

Make the call man, make some money out of your condition . . .(reply to this comment

From porceleindoll
Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 21:48

It just might. If you do try it, will you let me know? (reply to this comment
From sarafina
Thursday, January 15, 2004, 13:03

LOL exister! You seem to have quite a fascination for papaya. Could this be connected to some past experience or of a happy childhood memory where you saw some papaya juice drip down some Auntie's oversized breast and now has morphed into a adult fantasy of forming a papaya dripping cult of women? Maybe you should post your own article of the "wonders of papaya juice" and leave this one for lemons.=)

P.S. porceleindoll good tips. I've tried the lemon in hair before works great and definitely gives you extra shine.(reply to this comment
from Hanna_Black
Thursday, January 15, 2004 - 11:12

Lemons also work wonders on a sunburn. Someone once told me to take a lemon, cut it in half and rub it on the sunburn. I left it on for like half an hour, since it started feeling weird, but after a few hours the lemon had turned the red to tan and it didn't hurt anymore! :)
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from Bella
Thursday, January 15, 2004 - 11:09


Oh wow these are great tips sis! I think I will try the foot-bath tonight! Sounds perfect for the winter months! Thanks for posting xoxo =)
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