Beauty Tip: Use Lemons To Lighten And Brighten Skin And Hair!

The Beauty of Lemons…
 
We all know that eating fruit brings lots of benefits for the body. But — how often have you thought about their benefits for the skin and hair? One such beneficial fruit is the lemon — rich in vitamins C and B6, iron and calcium. Lemons are among the best natural substances to help control skin problems like acne scars, dark spots and sunburn.
 
Lemon juice is a rich source of citric acid, containing about 1.44 grams of the acid per ounce.  Biochemists consider it a weak organic acid – one of the alpha hydroxys (AHA) so popular in commercial skin products today.
 

Mix lemon juice with water or into your favourite cleanser or scrub to remove dead skin cells and reduce blemishes. Be aware that it has a drying effect, so it’s best to dilute lemon juice or you may feel it sting and burn.
 
Lemon juice is also used as a skin lightener.
 
To brighten up your skin, rub half a lemon on any dark areas like elbows, backs of hands, and knees. Repeat every day until you notice an improvement in pigmentation.

Be careful on your face because lemon is both astringent and known to increase photosensitivity – you could end up darker than before! Just remember to follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen for increased protection. Because it is so drying, lemon treatments should be limited, maybe 2-3 times per week at the most.
 
Lemons lighten and clean…
 
Wise women have known for centuries that you can highlight your hair with a lemon juice or vinegar rinse after shampooing. Rinse with 1 part lemon to 3 parts water, then go out in the sun. Soon you’ll see a difference!
 
For those with oily skin, clogged pores or blackheads, lemon juice can be a treat for your skin. Squeeze a lemon, then soak a cotton ball or gauze pad in the juice and apply by lightly rubbing in circles. Leave it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse off. You can even make up a batch of these and store them in the freezer to use once a day.
 
Because of its exfoliating and astringent properties, an overnight lemon juice treatment on problem areas can help you achieve beautiful, smooth skin by morning. Lemon juice or ‘zest’ you make from the peel can be mixed into most commercial skin lotions and cleansers.
 
Make your own lemon mask: whip up an egg white and squeeze lemon juice into it – or just mix some lemon into a commercial mayonnaise — for an instant facial or hair treatment. Mix lemon and honey for their antibacterial and moisturizing effects and a lovely lingering perfume.
 
To exfoliate really fast, simply apply lemon juice on clean skin for 5-10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
 
And of course, you can drink lemonade or a mojito, squeeze lemon juice on almost anything for flavor – and use lemons to clean clothes, countertops, windows… Lemons have almost endless uses.
 
Try a lemon at home today!
 
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Did you know that… TURMERIC and ORANGE JUICE FACIALS


 
Did you know your face can have an extra glow? Scrubbing is one of the ways to help us get that healthy look. But a paste is easier on the skin! You can make your own ‘home facial’ using a variety of ingredients available from your local grocery or health food store.
 
In India, the spice turmeric (curcuma longa) has been used for 4000 years for both food and beauty. You know its flavour – it’s the main spice in curry. Recent studies show that eating quantities of the spice can help fight infections and some cancers, and it shows promise in the treatment of numerous other diseases.
 
For a home facial: In a bowl, mix orange juice with turmeric into a paste. Apply the paste with light strokes to your face. Once it has dried, rinse it off with cool water. This will help to disinfect, get rid of any dead skin — and it will add a special glow to your face (be aware that it may stain the skin a bit yellow but also can smooth out pigmentation).
 
For those with oily skin: Another traditional turmeric remedy you can try — head first to the health food store for sandalwood powder. Add about 1-½ tablespoons of sandalwood powder and a pinch of ground turmeric to 3 tablespoons of orange juice and apply the paste to the face. Leave on for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
 
Turmeric helps to regulate the production of sebum, an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands. Some acne sufferers swear by turmeric facials and claim it greatly reduces the appearance of acne. The orange juice provides fruit acid to clear blemishes and sandalwood is a natural astringent. An added benefit: turmeric also works as a sun block!
 
 
    

Refreshing daycare for the summer, purely natural

Are you looking for a refreshing daycare for your skin this summer? Based on only natural ingredients?
 
Why don’t you try the Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer form Paul Penders Cosmetics?
Paul Penders Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is refreshing like a light summers breath, feels airy not greasy and contains for example Aloe Vera, Calendula and Vitamin E for natural sun protection.

The moisturizer has a slightly herbal scent as if you were walking on the Lavender fields in the Provence of France, but also has a very moisturizing effect and therefore prevents dehydration.
 
Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is based on coconut water and thus feels very soft and fresh on your skin. Furthermore; it makes your face glance, lithe and resilient.

It’s made of organic cultivated herbs and keeps your skin tenable against external influences. It’s especially suitable for dry and sensitive skin.
 
Paul Penders Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is available at 30 ml tube packaging: not only for a hygienic point of view, but also very useful to carry with you in your bag.
 
Author: Maureen (From the Beauty Journal)
 

Pimple . . . . Go Away!!!

Waking up early in the morning, brushing your teeth, washing your face with your favorite facial wash and then on the mirror, a PIMPLE!!! In the situation like this, we will start looking for foundation or cover-up stick to conceal the pimple before we go out from the house. Then for the rest of the day, we will be worrying whether people notice the pimple on our face or not.

A pimple is an inflammation of the skin where the oil glands are being infected with bacteria. Besides that, the increase in the sex hormone testosterone also associated to pimple. Normally the pimples will appear around our face, back, chest and shoulders.

There are a few factors that causes pimple.

  • Excessive sweating or being in a humid climate can cause the pimple to burst up.
  • Pimple can become worse just before menstruation, due to the changes in the hormone levels.
  • Stress also will cause pimple to burst up.

It is important to know that everyone’s skin is different and the reason they get pimples also different. Therefore it is important for us to know the reason, in order for us to find the right way to cure the pimple or else we will worsen the pimple.

There are a few ways to prevent pimple.

  • Drinking lots of water helps to prevent skin problems.
  • healthy diet can improve the overall condition of your skin.
  • Always keep your skin clean by washing your face twice a day with the suitable facial cleansing wash with the purpose of removing the dirt and oil from the pores.

  • Do not try to prick the pimple as this can leave permanent marks on the face.
  • Choose the right moisturizer and the extra care products for your skin.

In Paul Penders, with the combination of Alpinia & Teatree Cleansing Wash, Chamomile & Moringa Skin Toner, Juniper & Yarrow 24/hr Moisturizer and also Rescue Blemish Away help to reduce the blemishes.

Alpinia & Teatree Cleansing Wash
For combination to oily skin

This light foaming facial cleanser with deep cleansing properties of alpinia and teatree effectively removes surface dirt and impurities, and helps reduce blemishes.

Chamomile & Moringa Skin Toner
For all skin types

This alcohol-free toner is especially formulated to restore natural moisture balance, as well as to soothe and clarify all skin types.

Juniper & Yarrow 24hrs Moisturizer
For combination to oily skin

This fast-absorbing gel moisturizer is especially designed for combination to oily skin. Contain natural vitamins to keep skin smooth, supple and resilient. Can be use in the morning and evening.

Rescue Blemish Away
Clears & Purifies

Always keep this ‘emergency treatment’ at hand to quickly dry out and clear blemishes. Simply dot – on affected areas at bedtime and by morning wake up to clear, radiant skin. Corrects breakouts and minimizes the appearance of imperfections.