Lemon is a basic ingredient that you can use to make effective treatments for dry skin. Rich in nutrients, it naturally exfoliates and smooths the skin, removing flaky, dry and dead skin. Lemon therefore makes an excellent ingredient for masks, lotions and other skin care products that are easy to prepare, economical and effective. It can also be applied straight from the kitchen, directly to your skin.
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Things you need
- One egg white
- Fresh lemon juice
- Plain yoghurt
- Granulated sugar
- Olive oil
- Essential oil
Place one egg white in a mixing bowl and beat it with a wire whisk until it becomes stiff and forms peaks. Add the honey, yoghurt and lemon juice and continue mixing until the ingredients are well combined. The mixture should be fairly thick. Apply this to the face as a mask, and leave it on for 15 minutes. This can be used once a week and it makes an excellent treatment for dry, flaky skin.
Mix about four tablespoons of rosewater with the juice of one lemon. Add four tablespoons of granulated sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Rub this concoction on your hands to eliminate dryness and make them smooth. Rinse it off with water. This mixture can be used daily. In addition to alleviating dryness, it will lighten age spots and even skin tones.
Cut a lemon in half and gently rub it on your dry skin. Leave the lemon juice on your skin for ten minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and gently pat your skin dry with a towel. It will act as an astringent to moisturise your skin and eliminate flakiness. This works well on dry knees and elbows, especially since if used regularly it will lighten the skin in those areas.
Combine one cup of lemon juice, two tablespoons of olive oil and a half cup of milk with enough warm water to fill a foot basin. If you wish, for fragrance you can add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice. Pull up a chair and soak your feet in this bath for at least fifteen minutes, then rinse your feet in warm water. This is a remedy for dry feet that should be used every week for several weeks. If you do, your feet should become soft and smooth.
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