The nights just got a little longer and we've got some ideas to help keep you feeling bright and energized as the dark and dreary winter months approach. Here in DC, we do whatever we can to keep things lively while the weather outside is frightful! We're all about citrus - It's an easy way to bring a little sunshine into your day. Here are some fruit-filled tips from Deb to invigorate your body, boost your immune system, and add some zest to your state of mind!
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Like we said - we're all about citrus! Here are some ways to use lemons to keep you feeling your best this winter:
- Lemon Water: squeeze some fresh lemon juice into warm/room temperature water. It’s a great way to kick off your day and has myriad health benefits. Read more from the Cleveland Clinic.
- Clarifying moisturizer: Mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it.
- Skin brightener: Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production, says Marina Peredo, M.D., a dermatologist. That means it can help lighten age spots, dark spots, or a fake tan gone wrong. Remember to wear SPF when using lemon juice on your skin, though, since the citrus fruit can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.
- Teeth whitener: Mix baking soda and lemon juice, and apply it to your teeth with a clean Q-tip. Then, use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse. It's way cheaper than going to your dentist's office.
- Blackhead treatment: It may sound too good to be true, but because lemons are antibacterial, they can help treat acne. Just slice a lemon, and squeeze the juice on your face. Your blackheads will start to fade before you know it.
- Shine eliminator: Lemon is great for reducing excess oil.
- Lip exfoliator: Put a little lemon juice on your lips before bedtime, and wash it off in the morning to help remove dead skin cells and dried skin. One caveat: "Obviously, if you already have severely chapped lips that have any cuts, do not try this," says Gary Goldfaden, M.D., a dermatologist.
- Nail strengthener: Have you been getting too many gel manicures? Make a mixture of your favorite cooking oil (try olive oil) with lemon juice, and soak your nails. This is a good practice if your nails are dry and brittle, but it's also a great way to help fix nails that have yellowed.