Lemons: A potent anti-ager
This citrus fruit does more than you realize. Lemon can help lighten age spots or freckles effectively and safely. Comb lemon juice through your hair to get salon-worthy highlights. Can’t make time for a manicure? Lemons can whiten and clean your nails. To soften scaly elbows, rough hands, and sore feet, you can mix lemon juice and sugar into an affordable and effective scrub, says DIY beauty expert Alexis Wolfer, founder of The Beauty Bean and author of The Recipe for Radiance: Discover Beauty’s Best-Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen. Read more here on how to maximize the beauty benefits of lemons.
Olive oil: Revitalize dry hair
Your favorite heart-healthy cooking oil boasts some great beauty powers. One of our favorites: Apply as a conditioning mask to make your mane shine. Joelle Noll, a stylist at B. Salon & Spa in Wayne, New Jersey, suggests this recipe: In a small bowl, microwave six tablespoons of olive oil until warm. At the same time, throw a towel in the dryer. Work the oil into your hair with your fingertips, starting at the scalp and working toward the tips. Wrap the warm towel around your head for 30 minutes, then shampoo as normal. You can also relieve dry, itchy skin by applying olive oil after bathing to get a moisturizing effect, says Laurel Morton, MD, a dermatologist with SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Read about more ways olive oil can enhance your looks here.