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10 Surprising Ways To Replace Beauty Products With Lemon

10 Surprising Ways To Replace Beauty Products With Lemon

Lemons are not just bright and tarty, looking perfect in your cocktail glass. They are, as well, an incredible source of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium – agents that significantly improve our hair, skin and nail condition. If you love lemonade and lemon tarts, you’re also going to love saving a few bucks on your beauty products and use these incredible lemon-based alternatives instead!

1. Lemon revitalizing mask

Keeping your skin fresh and bright does not always require huge spendings or special appointments to the cosmetologist. Take advantage of the lemon beauty benefits instead! Vitamin C will help neutralizing the free radicals which cause early aging signs, while other lemon juice properties will lighten blemishes, freckles and aging spots.

Here’s a simple DIY mask anyone can prepare at home:

  • 2 tbls of natural yogurt
  • 1 tbls of freshly-squeezed lemon juice

Mix them up and apply onto your face and neck for 20-30 minutes. You can leave it up to an hour for a better lifting effect.

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2. Lip exfoliator

If you want to have softer smoother lips, apply a drop of lemon juice on each before going to bed. Gently rub it off in the morning to get rid off dried skin particles and cells. However, better avoid the procedure if you already have chapped lips.

3. Organic Face Scrub

Lemon juice is know to have antibacterial properties that reduce acne, tighten pores and smooth the skin. Instead of using another acne wash with loads of harsh chemicals, try this simple recipe. It works particularly well on oily skin!

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (that serve as an exfoliant)
  • 1/2 tbls honey

Mix everything in a bowl. Gently massage the substance onto your face for 30 seconds, than rinse with warm water.

Alternatively, you can try this amazing scrub that can be used both from head to toes.

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  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tbls of organic honey
  • 1 tbls of olive oil

Take a bowl and blend together lemon juice and olive oil. Add honey and whisk the mixture till it becomes consistent. Afterwards, pour sugar and mix again well. You can add or reduce the amount of ingredients till you reach the perfect consistency up to your liking.

4. Dry Hair Conditioner

Lemons are true life savers for damaged and dry hair. Joining the no poo movement will not only save you a pretty penny, but also make your hair more shiny and less fizzy. This simple conditioner is a great add-on to the traditional recipe!

  • 2 tbls fresh lemon
  • 3/4th cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of raw honey

Whisk everything up well and apply the mixture on your hair. Cover it up with a plastic wrap for 30 min. Afterwards, thoroughly rinse off with warm water and use some shampoo if you don’t feel ready to go all natural yet.

5. Dandruff treatment

Now that’s a bit of an embarrassing problem some of us face once in a while. Lemon juice can soothe your scalp and make it less itchy, thus avoiding those tiny skins flaking off on your clothes. Here’s a simple hack to get rid of dandruff within a week:

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  • Rub one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice down the scalp on dry hair
  • Shampoo as usual and rinse off
  • Mix two cups of water and two tablespoons of juice, massage gently down the scalp. Do not wash off.

Alternatively, you can apply a mask of 1/2 fresh lemon juice mixed with 1/4 of a cup coconut oil for 15 min at least twice a week.

6. Natural Hair Highlighter

Lemon juice is an excellent organic bleacher. If you’d like to get those amazing sun-kissed highlights, apply lemon juice using different methods to reach the desired effect.

  • All-Over Lightening: rinse your hair with 1/4 cup lemon juice mixed with 3/4 cup water. For extra effect, chill in the sun till your hair dries.
  • Streaky Highlights: apply cold lemon juice in a zigzag across your part. Comb both sides away from part.
  • Streaky Highlights For Pulled Back Hair: starting applying lemon juice in short lines from the center of your forehead down your hairline. Go from center to the ear, one side then another. Brush back from forehead.

Don’t forget that the trick will not work on natural black hair and may give unpredictably odd effect on dyed hair as well.

7. Pre-Bath Gel

To reduce the negative effects of chlorine on your skin and keep it well-moisturized and silky-smooth, consider applying this tasty gel all over your body before soaking into a bubbly bath. It’s probably the oldest skin rejuvenation method that still gives incredible results!

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  • 8 tsp natural yogurt (or curds)
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 5 tsp starch (rice)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp any oil vegetable

Blend everything up and apply all over your body. Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse off before taking a bath.

8. Teeth whitener

Do you want to have a Hollywood-white shiny smile without spending much at your dentist’s office? Use this simple technique:

  • Mix 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Apply on each tooth with a clean Q-tip
  • Use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse.

9. Nail strengthener

Hopelessly trying to grow long healthy nails? Fret not! Vitamin C can drastically strengthen your nails and speed up the growth. Just let them soak for 10 minutes in a bowl of lemon juice mixed with a spoon of oil one-two times a week. Also, lemon juice will help you get rid of yellowish color and dark nail polish stains.

10. Elbow and knee bleacher

If you don’t like the way your skin looks after the tan is gone (especially a fake one) don’t spend hours scratching it off, thus damaging the skin. Instead, slice one half of a lemon and gently rub them. Now watch the dark areas disappearing like magic. Just be sure you don’t have any cuts – ouch!

Featured photo credit: Jill Clardy via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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