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“When life hands you lemons make lemonade.”
We are deep into fall here in the Pacific Northwest and that means we are looking at more than three months of rain. It can get a bit depressing day in and day out. With Mother Nature handing us some lemons right now, I decided the Kitchen Cosmetician would be making some lemonade…or lemon beauty products at least.
I continue to be amazed at how many ingredients found right in our kitchen make amazing, affordable and effective DIY beauty recipes as well. I’ve always been a believer in a little aromatherapy and lemons are a sure fire way to lift my spirits. For the last month, I’ve been using fresh lemons to make a simple face scrub. I find the bright scent invigorating and it has given my morning routine a needed pick me up.
In fact, fresh lemon juice is now one of my favorite ingredients for my skin. The juice naturally cleanses, tones and heals skin. Another benefit that is not widely known, the low pH of lemon juice makes it antibacterial. After a month of use, the lemon juice and this scrub has done wonders for me – and completely eliminated the stressed, congested feeling my skin once had.
I promise, if you create your own Fresh Lemon Scrub, it is well worth the effort of juicing a lemon.
Easy Fresh Lemon Scrub:
• A fresh lemon
• Lemon reamer
1. Cut lemon in half
2. Juice the lemon (I found I got a bit less than ¼ of a cup)
3. Remove the seeds (I left the pulp in the juice)
4. Add about ¼ cup of sugar
5. Mix until it is the consistency of a thin paste
6. Work into face and body until sugar dissolves
For the purpose of this experiment, I only used fresh lemon juice. I was uncertain about ingredients that are added to extend shelf life in bottled juices.
Sensitive Skin Option: If you are concerned about the effect of lemon juice, try diluting the juice with water.
Moisturizing Option: For a hydrating boost, add a natural oil (like sweet almond or vitamin E) to the mixture. This is especially great for the body.
• Superior exfoliator – skin feels very soft.
• Very similar to a high end scrub.
• Easy to make and inexpensive.
• Due to the fresh ingredients, the shelf life is not long (unlike commercial made products.)
Fellow Kitchen Cosmeticians – Do you use fresh lemons for at home beauty treatments?