When life gives you lemons, use them on your skin. And on your hair. And on your nails. In fact, use them just about anywhere, because this humble yellow fruit can do so much more than just snazz up your salad dressing, from lightening your hair to whitening your nails. Lemons should be your new beauty go-to, and here’s why.
If you’re guilty of never seeing your natural nails and always coating them with colored polish, chances are they’ve started to develop a slight yellow color. To transform your nails back to their bright white selves, simply squeeze the juice of a lemon into a bowl and let your nails soak in it for ten minutes. Magic.
Lemons are a natural antibacterial, which means they’re great at blitzing blackheads and getting rid of pimples. Next time you spot a spot, gently dab on lemon juice and leave it to work its skin-perfecting powers.
Not only does this trick actually work, but it also means you can lighten your hair naturally – sans harsh bleaches and chemicals. Next time you’re on the beach or out in the sun, squeeze some lemon juice onto your hair, comb it through with your fingers, and you’ll soon have subtle sun-kissed highlights. You may need to repeat this a few times as it’s a slow and gradual process, but it means you can easily control the color of your locks.
Fake Tan Remover
Got a bit too slap-happy with the self-tan? As tanner-to-the-stars James Read tells Savoir Flair, “Soak a flannel in water with lemon juice, place it in the microwave for 1½ minutes, leave to cool for a few seconds, and then rub all over your skin. This will remove your self-tan!”