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The lowdown on lemon beauty

The lowdown on lemon beauty

Mention 'lemon' and 'beauty' in the same sentence and we'll bet many of you are reminded of ill-feted attempts to lighten your hair by squeezing the fruit's juice on your head as a teenager. That probably didn't work, but don't let it mean you dismiss lemons entirely. We're here to show you why they should be one of your beauty staples.

Lemons have high levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C, which are all great for maintaining healthy nails, skin and hair. If spots and blackheads are your problem, try rubbing a slice of lemon on the affected areas. Sounds weird granted, but the fruit has a lot of antibacterial and antifungal properties which is why it can help with blemishes. Leave the juice for up to ten minutes, then rinse off.

The citric acid and vitamin C in the yellow fruit also makes it a good option for reducing the appearance of dark spots and scars left by spots. Again just apply to the affected area, and wiping a cotton pad doused in the juice can help mattify an oily complexion too. Remember to smother on SPF if you do either of these, as the acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun just like any exfoliant.

Lemons have whitening properties thanks to the acid in them too, so if you mix some juice with baking soda you can have an at-home tooth brightener. Just remember not to leave on longer than a minute, as the acid can also hurt your enamel.

Mix the juice with olive oil and you have a nail strengthening which will also get rid of any discolouration, then add in a dollop of honey and you have a hair mask to help with dandruff.

While some people will revel in the idea of making their own skincare products, it's not for everyone. If you want to get some of the benefits of lemons without reaching for the raw fruit itself, try one of these options.

Dr. Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk

This is a quick-absorbing body moisturiser for those who are always on the go. The lemon in it should help reinvigorate skin, leaving it feeling toned and firm.

Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel

A resurfacing peel which should leave skin looking brighter and feeling smoother, as well as helping with any pigmentation problems. It's good for those with dull, tired skin, as it boosts collagen production and helps with fine lines and wrinkles too.

DryRevive Orange, Lemon, Vitamin C Argan Facial Cream

Another good choice for those who lack radiance, this combines vitamin C with orange to boost circulation and lemon to detoxify.

Perricone MD Citrus Facial Wash

Citrus rather than full-on lemon we know, but this is worth a recommendation. It's a non-drying wash which completely cleans without sucking away moisture and is particularly good for combination skin.

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