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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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Nail Care Tips for Common Problems

Whether you’re a gardener, homesteader, or a straight up farmgirl, we all share one thing: a love of the earth. Literally. Most of us are notorious for gardening, cleaning, and caring for livestock without any gloves on. It’s hardly surprising when our nails start to show wear and tear from our soil-loving lifestyle.

Chipped nails, broken nails, frayed or split nails. Sound familiar?  How about spots, lines or ridges along your nails? In many ways your nails are a window to your health. They say a lot about how you live. If your nails aren’t looking their best, then you might benefit from taking a closer look at how you care for your hands on the outside and care for your body on the inside. Here are a few nail care tips for keeping those gardening hands as pretty as possible!

Keep your nails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria or fungi from growing and causing infections under your nails.

Don’t bite or pick your nails. Biting and picking at your nails can cause stress fractures which can lead to breakage. Both habits also damage your nail bed. If you are too rough and cut along the area, you can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection in the area.

Keep your nails conditioned. Using a moisturizer, petroleum jelly, or castor oil can help keep your nails from drying out.

Want more tips on caring for your gardeners hands? You might like: 7 Hand and Nail Care Tips For Every Gardener!

Wear gloves! You know those yellow kitchen gloves and outdoor work gloves that you’ve been ignoring? Put them on when you’re working! Yard work, gardening, washing dishes and cleaning can leave your nails chipped, frayed, broken or exposed to harsh chemicals. Wearing gloves will protect your nails and hands from damage.

Optimize your nutrient intake. One of the best nail care tips that we can think of is one that benefits more than just your nails. Get on a clean eating kick! Weak and unhealthy nails can be a reflection of a nutritional deficiency. Try introducing some more Vitamin B and E as well as protein into your diet.

Your nails aren’t tools. Using your nails to pick, poke or pry things can damage your nails.

Use nail polish. Wearing nail polish protects your nails from damage. For best results, remove old nail polish after about ten days. Nontoxic nail polish only, please!

Avoid harsh chemicals. Chemicals such as acetone, formaldehyde and toluene can dry out your nails and make it difficult to maintain healthy and strong nails.

Try a brush-on nail strengthener. Nail strengtheners are composed of the same proteins as our nails.

While our nail care tips can usually help improve the appearance of your nails, see a doctor or dermatologist if you suffer from persistent nail problems that don’t go away on their own or are accompanied by other symptoms. It may be a sign of an underlying medical condition.


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