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When Life Gives You Lemons:: Make DIY Beauty Products

When I first began my journey towards living a toxin-free lifestyle, my beauty products were the last things to go.  I fought giving them up tooth and nail, too.  I was just not convinced that natural products could ever be as effective as modern science in a jar.  Little did I know but was shocked to find out, modern conventional beauty products set out to solve one problem while creating three others to keep you buying the newest, latest, and greatest products that come on the market every day.

We have already looked at just how many chemicals-most of them highly toxic causes of obesity, endocrine system issues, autoimmune illness, infertility, and even obesity- contained in our beauty and personal care products.  {For illustrations of just how toxic our grooming routines are see Is your Beauty Routine a Toxic Waste Dump?, Detox Your Beauty Routine and Your Shampoo::Damaging Your Hair and Your Waistline} We are, however, conditioned (pun definitely intended)  to believe that these products are the lifelines to healthy, lineless, poreless skin and soft, shiny, lustrous hair.  If that were the case we would find a shampoo, conditioner, cleanser and moisturizer and stick to it from the cradle to the grave. We would not have drawers full of half used products that we figured out quickly just didn’t work.

As I said, I fought giving up my conventional products.  I wanted organic in my body but science on my face.  Somewhere in the midst of that battle I got very sick.  I won’t bore you with the details but let’s just say estrogen was not my friend and all of my beauty products were full of hormone and endocrine disruptors that were not only making me sicker but not helping me get better either.  This prolonged illness is what set me on my path to becoming a Holistic Nutritionist, Health Coach, and Health and Eco-Lifestyle Consultant so something good came out of it aside from simply healing, which I did with flying colors.

I found some really amazing natural and organic products to replace my conventional ones and was I ever shocked when they worked.  Not only that they worked even better because they corrected years of my skin being over exfoliated with powerful acids, abused by poor pH balance, and overstimulated to the point where my sebum production didn’t know whether it was supposed to pump or dry up leading to “dry oily skin”. I was a convert to non-toxic, organic, and natural beauty products.  When I looked at the ingredients list of my favorite products I realized I had many of these ingredients right in my kitchen and the ones I didn’t have, such as essential or carrier oils, were easily obtained.  I started dabbling with making my own beauty products.  My wallet was a lot  happier.  (I do still buy a few products and I am sent, as a beauty blogger, many more but I do, by and large, stick to what I can make at home.)

One of my favorite ingredients is the plain old, often ignored lemon.  When you mix it with things like water and baking soda it can clean your house but it can also leave you with squeaky clean hair and pimple-free skin.  I think that might be the disconnect for many of you.  “Why do I want to use something on my hair that I can use on my kitchen counters??”  I hear you.  I have been there.  In fact, I still have my “pretty jars” for my DIY beauty creations and my “functional spray bottles” for my DIY household cleaners”  and never the twain shall meet.

Below are some of my favorite beauty recipes for lemons and the most basic staples that will leave every inch body soft, smooth, even toned and younger looking.

Complexion brightener:  Sprinkle a little baking soda on a half of a lemon and rub vigorously on clean skin.  Rinse well.  Good for acne prone skin and skin exposed to city grime.  Do this once a week.

Lemon toner:  Mix juice of 1/2 lemon with 2 tbsp. aloe gel and 1/2 cup water and put in spray bottle.  Mist skin after cleansing in the morning for a ‘pick-me-up’  that rivals any anti-aging toner on the market.  For oilier skin replace the aloe or in addition add 2 tsp. witch hazel.

Lemon for lightening dark areas:  Over time elbows, knees, underarms, or groin areas can develop dark, dingy patches.  Cut lemon into halves and rub over dark areas vigorously.  Leave on at least 10 minutes or overnight and rinse.  It will take about 2 weeks before you notice a difference but it works like a charm.

Lemon for teeth whitening:  Take half a lemon, sprinkle it with sea salt and baking soda and rub on teeth.  Let sit for about 10 minutes and rinse well.  (Yes, I know, you are thinking “but this is going to eat my enamel!”  and you would be right if you were not rinsing WELL afterwards.  Rinse and spit two or three times and you will have no problem.)  This is also great for freshening breath.

Lemon treatment for stopping hair loss and encouraging growth:  Mix two tablespoons lemon juice with 1/4 cup of coconut or almond oil and massage into scalp and apply to hair from roots to tip.  Leave on for at least an hour, preferably overnight. Wash with non-toxic shampoo and condition, if desired.

Lemon juice as a hair rinse: Add the juice of one lemon to about 3 cups of warm water.  Use this as a final rinse after a shampoo.  This adds tremendous shine.  Alternatively you can add the lemon juice to steeped and cooled tea to use as a rinse.  Use chamomile tea for blondes, hibiscus for brunettes and red heads, and black tea for black haired divas.

Lemon, honey, and almond oil hand treatment:  Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to 2 teaspoons raw local honey and three teaspoons almond or olive oil.  Mix well.  Massage into hands and cuticles for about 10 to 12 minutes.  Let sit for a few minutes and rinse well.  For an added hydration kick rinse with equal parts water and raw apple cider vinegar.

Anti-wrinkle exfoliating skin firmer:  Mix 1/2 cup yogurt (Greek works best for keeping it to a thicker consistency) with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons raw honey, and 1 egg white.  Beat well and apply to face, neck, and decolletage.  For an additional anti-aging kick add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric to the mix.  Let sit for 20 minutes and rinse.

One of my favorite recipes has to be a small spray bottle full of a mixture of rosewater with 3 teaspoons of lemon juice.  I keep a bottle in my refrigerator to cool my face during the hot summer and dry winter months.  I also keep one in my handbag as a mid-afternoon radiance booster even over makeup.

Do you have any DIY beauty recipes you could share?

Wishing you peace and balance,

Jacqueline

 

10 replies
  1. Gina
    Gina says:

    I had no idea that there was so many uses for lemons! I am kind of laughing though, because I just quoted this on facebook: “If life gives you lemons, throw them in the garbage and eat chocolate.” Have a good weekend!

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  2. Rosey
    Rosey says:

    I didn’t realize lemon was so handy as a beauty product, but it makes sense considering citrus is not an uncommon ingredient in over-the-counter items.

    Thanks for the fun list.

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  3. mary
    mary says:

    Thank you, Detox Diva for more fantastic ideas…..I will definitely try some. I tried apple cider vinegar hair rinse this morning, actually and though my hair is shining I don’t really like the smell that permeated all over the bathroom so I think a lemon rinse my be better!

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  4. rian
    rian says:

    I never thought that lemon could treat hair, I just know from this writing :). make them and put them into the bottle was really convenient us, I like this one.

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