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Tangy tales!

Did you know that the tangy lemon actually has a powerhouse of benefits? For centuries, lemon has been used to cure a number of diseases and ailments. Along with being a coveted ingredient in the kitchen, it can now be your new beauty saviour. So replace a couple of those expensive products in your cabinet with this natural magical fruit.

Nutritional ingredients in lemon

One lemon weighing 58 grams (g) contains:

Energy: 16.8 calories (kcal)

Carbohydrates: 5.41 g, of which 1.45 g are sugars

Calcium 15.1 milligrams (mg)

Iron: 0.35 mg

Magnesium: 4.6 mg

Phosphorus: 9.3 mg

Potassium: 80 mg

Selenium: 0.2 micrograms (mcg)

Vitamin C: 30.7 mg

Folate: 6.4 mcg

Choline: 3.0 mg

Vitamin A: 0.6 mcg

Lutein + zeaxanthin: 6.4 mcg

Maintaining beauty

Vitamin C is a popular ingredient in skin care products, thanks to its potent antioxidant qualities. It is used for maintaining a healthy complexion.

Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of the skin. Sun exposure, pollution, age, and other factors can result in skin damage. Eating vitamin C in its natural form or applying it topically can help prevent this type of damage.

Beauty benefits

Lemon contains the specific properties that can be seemingly great for skin care.

The components present in lemon can help you to remove dead skin while generating new healthy skin cells. Lemon has alpha hydroxy acid that is found in skin care products.

Health benefits

* It promotes hydration.

* It is a good source of vitamin C.

* It supports weight loss.

* It improves your skin quality.

* It aids digestion.

* It freshens the breath.

* It helps prevent kidney stones.

Selecting lemon as a part of a beauty treatment

Look for unblemished, firm lemons that feel heavy for their size and have no tinges of green (which indicates that they’re underripe). Avoid very pale lemons, as they are older and will contain less juice.

Beauty treatments which include lemon

Anything from hair care, skin care and nail care includes lemon as an ingredient in beauty products.

Side effects

The most common issues which springs up if you use lemon juice is skin irritation.

It could be mild, but it can cause severe irritation, especially for those that have sensitive skin. I do not recommend any fruit acids if you have sensitive skin.

Other common symptoms include redness, dryness, and peeling

Growing lemon for beauty treatments

It is always best to buy organic lemons.

Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana

 


Lemon home remedies

  •  Treat dry and dull skin

Using lemon with honey is an excellent remedy to get rid of dry skin. The properties present in honey make it more useful to treat dullness.

Ingredients

tbsp of honey

tbsp powdered milk

tsp fresh lemon juice

2 drops of essential oil

Method

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply to your face for 20 to 25 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

  • Elbow and knee lightener

Lemons are packed with vitamin C, a natural brightening ingredient. If your elbows and knees appear dark, simply rub them with half of a lemon. It’s like magic!

  • Blackhead treatment

It might sound too good to be true, but lemons can also help treat your blackheads. This is because they contain citric acid, a natural form of alpha hudroxy acid (AHA).

After cleansing, rub a slice of lemon over your most blackhead-ridden spots (typically your T-zone) to let the AHAs work their pore-clearing magic


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