Lemon is a fruit that can be used with great success in beauty. Lemon juice has indeed many cosmetic properties beneficial for the skin and hair.
How can oily skin be treated ? How can dry skin be treated ? Which beauty mask recipe is effective to clean and moisturize your face ? How can freckles or spots on the skin caused by sun exposure be removed ? How can one make a mask to take care of dull and damaged hair ? Is there a mask that can slow hair loss ?
Before showing you the 12 recipes for a lemon mask, discover the cosmetic properties of lemon juice.
The lemon (Citrus limonum) which produce the citrus that we use in our beauty mask recipes, is one of 16 different species in the genus Citrus of the family Rosacea. What are the cosmetic properties of lemon juice ? What are its virtues in beauty treatments ?
Lemon juice is a natural astringent agent with emollient, scrubbing, toning, firmening (on the connective tissue), refreshing, anti-wrinkle, anti-stain, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
The alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as citric acid contained in the molecules of the lemon exfoliate skin, taking off the dead cells of the horny layer in a gentle peeling manner. This results in an improvement in skin texture. They also improve the skin’s hydration. The cosmetics industry often incorporates these natural acids in wrinkle creams and anti-aging to smooth facial features.
By virtue of its purifying power, lemon juice is actually a perfect home remedy to correct skin imperfections. Lemon juice helps to refresh and tone the skin. Some even say that lemon essential oil has rejuvenating properties. During prolonged exposure to polluted city air, applying a lemon juice mask to the face purifies the skin and helps restore a beautiful complexion.
Lemon juice has the virtue of clarifying and whitening skin. It thus unifies the complexion. It would have the power to blur or erase some visible marks or scars on the skin.
Lemon juice is a great remedy for the care of oily skin and acne. In the case of oily skin having a high pH (alkaline), lemon juice helps to lower the pH of the skin to its normal value (between 5.5 and 6.5). It also tightens dilated pores and helps erase comedones or blackheads (as a descaling agent).
Lemon juice is used in hair care to brighten the hair and makes it shine.
Mix the 3 natural ingredients in a blender to a smooth paste. Apply this mask to the face, carefully avoiding the area around the eyes and lips. Leave for a few minutes then rinse the face with warm water.
The use of this mask is not recommended for very sensitive or very dry skin. Indeed, the acidity of lemon juice can be irritating.
Mix all ingredients in a blender to make a stiff mixture. Refrigerate the mixture for 10 minutes. Apply the mask with lemon on the previously cleansed face and neck and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
It seems that this easy to make cosmetic preparation was used in ancient Egypt. Today, we are more accustomed to taking honey and lemon to cure a cold or sore throat . However, this remedy is also effective as a beauty product. It cleanses the skin deeply and honey has a moisturizing effect.
Warm the honey slightly and add a little lemon juice. Mix well and apply the mask to the face while still warm. Leave it on for several minutes, depending on the skin type. The mixture will solidify on your skin, which is quite normal. To remove, simply wash your face with warm or hot water.
You will see that the results are amazing! The skin becomes sharper, clearer, smoother and softer. If you wish, you can complete this by applying a moisturizer of donkey or alternatively cow’s milk (preferably whole) to the face with gauze or cotton.
Oily skin is characterized by large pores, excess sebum, an often thick and sometimes the presence of small acne pimples and blackheads skin. To counter hyperseborrhoea , there is nothing better than the lemon and egg white mask. It has an astringent effect and tightens the pores to help regulate sebum production.
Mix all ingredients in a blender. Take your time because you will need to adjust the amounts of the three ingredients (lemon juice, honey and oats) in order to obtain a homogeneous cream.
Apply this face mask on clean skin and leave the active ingredients act for twenty minutes. Rinse with cold water and apply your usual toner for oily skin if you want. It is recommended to apply this mask several times a week.
Mix the ingredients to form a smooth paste. Apply the mask evenly over the face, avoiding the contours of the eyes. Let the homemade mask act for 20 minutes then rinse.
In a bowl, mix these ingredients and apply the mask to the face and neck. Let the active ingredients act for 10 minutes then rinse with cold water.
The spots on the skin caused by sun exposure on the face and back of the hands can be very annoying. Did you know it is possible to fade these spots then using the bleaching properties of lemon ? The presence of oats in the recipe helps erase skin.
Mix all ingredients in a blender until a smooth paste. Apply this homemade mask on the face and other parts of the body where the spots are. Make a light massage and leave the ingredients for about 10 minutes. Finally, rinse the face with warm water.
It is obvious that in order to remove some stains, you will have to regularly renew the application of this mask on a good time. Warning! If you have a hyper-sensitive skin, this recipe is probably not needed in your case. The acidity of the tomato and lemon can irritate the skin.
Mix the 3 natural ingredients in a bowl by adjusting the quantities to make a stiff dough. Apply this cosmetic mixture to the freckles. Let stand 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Peel and crush the cucumber. Mix the 3 ingredients together and apply this cosmetic preparation on the blotchy skin. Leave the mask in place for a good ten minutes.
Mix these ingredients and gently rub the mixture on the face. Rinse with warm water.
Mix the 3 ingredients and rub body parts where the skin is dry and rough (hands, elbows, heels etc.) Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse with water.
Lemon juice is a ‘friend’ of the hair, it does not irritate it ! Lemon juice is an anti-limestone agent that makes dull hair shiny. Olive oil nourishes and beautifies the hair. Honey has moisturizing and healing properties.
This hair lemon mask is applied once a week and acts as a conditioner ideal for treating hair which has been dried and damaged by successive dyeing or prolonged exposure to the sun.
Mix the 3 ingredients. Warm the mixture and apply it evenly on the hair. Paint with a wide-toothed comb. Cover your head with a shower cap and wrap a hot towel (you can heat the towel with an iron) around the head. Direct the air on the towel for 10 to 15 minutes.
The mask requires heat to act effectively. Just rinse your hair with warm water and wash again with your regular shampoo. Take the time to rinse well, for the oil is not easy to remove!
Mix the ingredients. Apply to the scalp and the hair once a week. Leave it for thirty minutes. Lemon juice helps to regulate the excretion of sebum and therefore a positive effect on certain types of hair loss.
The egg yolk is naturally rich in sulfur and vitamins A, D, E and B. All these vitamins are excellent for maintaining hair and useful for treating hair loss. Vitamin A prevents the formation of a thick scalp by working on the sebum, and vitamin D stimulates hair growth. The B group vitamins are indirectly involved in improving blood circulation. This results in a fall arrest global action.
Coconut milk, much used by the Indians, contains proteins that strengthen hair and prevent hair loss.
Lemon juice is an acid and should therefore be systematically kept out of the eyes. Furthermore, the lemon is a photosensitizer. Before you are in the sun, make sure that you have thoroughly rinsed the skin. It is preferable to apply a mask with lemon at night before going to bed.
Author : Alexis ROGER
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