When life gives you lemons make lemonade or better yet lemon meringue. Drink it, cook with it or bake with it, a squeeze of lemons adds a zing to any dish or drink. Did you know that you can zing up your beauty routine with this zesty fruit?

Let’s face it, beauty products can be pricey. A trip to your favourite beauty counter can make a serious dent in your pocket and often not do the job promised on the packaging or by the lovely saleslady behind the counter.
The next time you think about spending your hard-earned cash on over counter products, grab a lemon from your fruit bowl and create these home beauty treatments to remedy some common problems.

Reduce blackheads: Soak a small ball of cotton wool in freshly squeezed lemon juice then apply over the blackheads. Once the juice has dried use a clean damp to remove the juice.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice. (Pic: Pinterest)

Lighten acne scars: Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice, and rub the juice all over your face. Daily use of the juice will gradually lighten scars.

Strengthen weak and brittle nails: After soaking your nails in fresh lemon juice for 10 to 15 rinse your hands in warm water. Using this treatment weekly will help your nails to grow. Great for removing stains left from dark nailpolishes. 

Lighten hair: Juice four lemons and mix with a cup of warm water. Pour mixture into a spray bottle and spritz into hair until your hair is damp. Expose your hair to sunlight (not forgetting to apply sunscreen to your face and body) for about an hour depending on how light you want your hair to go. Lemon juice tends to dry out hair so be sure to do a deep conditioning treatment afterwards. 

Watch vlogger Vimi Brown use lemon in a few of her beauty routines.