“When Life Gives You Lemons”
Natural Bleaching Agent
Pamper yourself with a refreshing lemon pedicure at home! If your nails are turning a tinge of yellow, the power of lemons may help to remove staining caused by coloured polish. This sour citrus is a natural cleaning agent and is used internationally in beauty regimes and products. This D.I.Y. @ Home Beauty regime also works great with lemons that are about to go bad.
Before using lemons to brighten your feet and nails, take a cue from my Bermudian friend who drinks this religiously to stay hydrated! Save a pointed end to juice into a cool glass of lemon water to sip on while you’re soaking your feet. A little juice goes a long way and you’ll soon see how deliciously-easy it is. Just remember to extract as many seeds as possible before using or disposing of the fruit.
- 1-2 lemons
- cutting board
- warm water (comfortably hot)
- bathtub or small plastic tub
- 2 towels
- lemon-juicer* (if desired)
Roll the lemons with slight pressure to release some juice from the pulp. After rinsing with water, slice your fresh or turning lemons in half and then across again. Save the pointed ends and cut the other two pieces into four as shown below. You will have a total of ten pieces for your lemon pedicure. If you wish, cut the second lemon into slices to float in the warm water.
You may choose to use all of the lemon for the foot bath, or you can save a piece of the peel to grate* into a zest for a recipe. (Yummy lemon squares recipe coming soon!)
Place one towel on the floor to dry spills and fill your bathtub or small plastic tub with warm water so that your ankles are submersed. You can add Epsom salts to your bath – found in any drugstore or pharmacy – for sore feet, which are known to relax aching muscles. Epsom salts also make an excellent exfoliant, as does sugar.
Use the flesh side of the lemon to scrub your toenails, heels, soles and toes. The pointed end of the lemon makes a great shape for rubbing your toe- and fingernails, whether already juiced into a cool glass of water or not.
Towel dry your feet with the extra towel and remember to moisturize your skin after rinsing
Enjoy your freshly squeezed feet and repeat once or twice a month.
- Be sure to wash the lemon peel thoroughly before grating.
- Extract as many seeds from the pieces of lemon before scrubbing your heels, toes and fingernails as there might be problems later when your finished with the water.
- Remember to rinse the lemon-juicer from pulp before it dries and becomes nearly impossible to clean off.