5 Simple Citrus Beauty Tricks
Citrus is a rich natural source of vitamin C, which is essential for healthy bodies, skin and hair. Citrus fruits also contain B vitamins and inositol—both necessary for healthy skin and hair.
These bright-colored fruits are easy to find year-round at your local market, and in warmer climates a citrus tree is a welcome addition to any yard. When enjoying fresh fruits, be sure to save the valuable peels. These can be dried and used as a mild face and body rub, leaving you with clean, soft skin.
Age Spots and Freckles: Use the acidic juice from a fresh lemon to safely fade and remove dark patches from your skin. Rub lemon juice on the spot with a cotton ball twice daily, and in six to eight weeks you should see a difference.
Rough Elbows: To soften rough skin on the ends of your elbows, simply cut a lemon in half and sit with your elbows propped in each half for five to 10 minutes, then rinse and moisturize your skin well. Fresh lemon slices also work well to soften other spots on your feet and knees.
Dandruff Relief: After shampooing, rinse your scalp with a cup of water with a couple tablespoons of lemon, lime or grapefruit juice added. The acidic juice will help soften and remove dead skin from your scalp, leaving it clean and dandruff-free. Rinse well with water and repeat the treatment if needed in a day or two.
Dry, Chapped Hands: Red, rough hands can be soothed with lemon juice. Use a generous amount of fresh lemon juice and massage into your hands. Rinse well, then massage a rich natural oil such as olive or coconut into them.
Citrus Bath: For an energizing and relaxing bath, float fresh citrus slices in your bath water. Citrus fruits are full of vitamins and natural acids that will give you clean and healthy skin. The fresh uplifting scent will give your body, mind and spirit an instant energy boost.