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by Rumee Roy

The juice of the humble lemon can be an inexpensive and effective beauty aid if used regularly and in the right way. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which is responsible for its sour taste and the kick to our taste buds when we have lemonade or lemon meringue pie. It also has a mild lightening effect on the skin. Lemon juice is rich in many minerals and vitamins, and especially in vitamin C. If you wish to extract the most out of this power-packed fruit as a natural, chemical-free beauty aid, the following advice can provide guidance.

Drink lemon juice in warm water

Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice in a glass of warm water. Drink it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. The vitamin C content in lemon juice is good for your skin, as it acts as an antioxidant which helps to repair skin damage caused by free radicals. Use warm rather than cold water to aid in absorption within the body. Remember to drink plain water or rinse your mouth after drinking the lemon juice to prevent the acid from remaining on your teeth.

Apply lemon juice on the face

Lemon juice, when applied on facial skin has many benefits. The acid in lemon juice helps to lighten spots or pigmentation with daily use. Mature or dry skin will benefit more if the juice is mixed in a small amount of olive oil before application. This mixture can help reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. Follow up with a moisturizer after this treatment if you have dry skin, as lemon juice can have a drying effect on the skin

Use as a scrub on knees and elbows

Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and add 6 tablespoons of common salt. Rub the mixture into rough or calloused areas of knees and elbows. Wash off after half an hour. Frequent use will smooth rough patches and lighten dark areas.

Use as a hair rinse

If you want shiny, bouncy hair, mix the juice of a lemon in a glass of water. Use this as a rinse after shampooing your hair in the usual way. Be sure to massage it in, carefully coating all strands of hair, and then rinse after about 10 minutes. This treatment is great for ensuring a glamorous head of hair for an evening out. It also helps in reducing dandruff and grease in hair, if used at least twice a week on an on-going basis.

The key to reaping visible benefits from using lemon as a beauty aid lies in regularity. Go ahead and experiment to see what works for you. Use this inexpensive but potent fruit to enhance your beauty quotient!

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