Is lemon really good for skin?

You might have consumed it in the form of a beverage or as flavor enhancer in food, but did you know that apart from a tangy taste to, lemon can also help in skin disease treatment? Lemon either consumed or applied topically, usually in conjunction with other ingredients, can help you in maintaining beautiful and healthy skin. Lemon has many medicinal properties and is featured in many natural remedies including treatment of skin problems, scurvy, and of course the common cold.

Skin diseases such as acne are a sign of tardy metabolic process. Drinking lemon water with honey, first thing in the morning, helps boost metabolism and prevent skin diseases. Other common ailments that lemon can treat are the following:

  • Blackheads and Freckles- A combination of petroleum jelly and lemon can help you get rid of the blemishes.
  • Oily skin- If you have an oily skin, you can apply a mixture of egg white, lemon and juice of grapes to your face and then wash it off after about half an hour with warm water.
  • Dandruff- This is one of the most common skin disease and millions lose their hair, literally, for overcoming it. Most of the anti-dandruff shampoos contain chemicals which affect your hair adversely in the long run. A home remedy for this problem is massaging a mixture of Henna powder, egg, 1 tbsp of curd and juice of one fresh lemon onto your scalp. Wash your hair after about fifteen minutes.
  • Burn marks- Applying lemon juice to burn marks regularly can make them difficult to spot and in some cases disappear altogether.
  • Acne and Eczema- A mixture of lemon and olive oil when applied to the affected areas can relieve you of these symptoms

Prevention is better than cure they say; so even if you are not suffering from any of the above ailments washing your face with lemon and then warm water will help keep your skin healthy and add a glow to your face.

Best Way to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

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Everyone has stretch marks and no one is immune to them. From top models to distinguished sportsmen have stretch marks. Therefore, they should not be a cause for embarrassment, it just so happens that some are better at hiding them than others.

I’ll tell you now, it’s impossible to get rid of stretch marks 100 percent. The best that anyone can do is to reduce their appearance to make them much less noticeable. Fortunately, there are natural methods of minimizing the appearance of stretch marks.

Here is my top list of stretch mark semi-cures:

  1. Cocoa Butter is one of the most common ways of removing stretch marks. Being used by women for decades as a moisturizer as it naturally comes from cacao bean fat (chocolate beans). Cocoa butter places a layer of added moisture onto the skin helping to relieve stretch marks. It may also prevent future stretch marks from ever appearing. The best thing about using cocoa butter is that it is inexpensive.
  2. Eating which are rich in protein, silica, zinc, vitamins E, C, and A all help in promoting good skin care as well as preventing and diminishing stretch marks. Vitamin E improves the skin’s appearance and also functions as a viable sunscreen. Most vitamins can be taken orally through a supplement or applied topically as a cream. Usually, lanolin is added into skincare products and when combined may further reduce stretch marks.
  3. A person who is physically active has a high chance of diminishing the appearance of stretch marks. Toning and cardiovascular exercises which target the area where the stretch marks are found could remarkably decrease their appearance as such exercises help in tightening and smoothing the skin.
  4. Remove stretch marks and lighten your skin: Some people will add lemon juice with Aloe Vera!. Some women swear by this mixture to naturally get rid of most stretch marks. You simply rub the mixture on the stretch marks every morning after a hot shower. The Aloe Vera on its own offers positive benefits to your skin. With the added lemon juice the mixture becomes a highly effective skin lightener.
  5. Other home remedies for the removal of stretch marks include:
    • Eating almonds
    • Egg whites have been used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks although I have not personally tried this.
    • Mixing Vicks Vapo Rub and olive oil and massaging into the skin.
    • Drinking lots of filtered water will of course hydrate the skin helping the body to prevent and remove most stretch marks.
  6. Peanut butter when massaged into the skin may help rid the appearance of stretch marks as the peanut oil help to moisturize your skin. The peanut butter must be applied consistently for a few weeks if you expect to notice any improvements in the reducing or removing stretch marks.

Protecting your skin in the summer sun

Taking good care of your skin is important no matter what your age, where you live, or what your skin tone. We typically see tanned skin as a ‘healthy glow’, but a tan is actually the result of skin damage. A layer of your skin has been cooked, as it were. Sunscreen is crucial to keep a person looking young and healthy.

Babies shouldn’t wear sunscreen until they are at least six months old – until then, a wide-brim hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants if the weather’s not too hot, and a seat in the shade are safest. After six months of age, babies and children should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.

Start with an SPF of at least 30. Apply liberally to face and body, and don’t forget those often-missed spots: tops of ears, back of the neck and legs, and the tops of hands and feet. Even your scalp could use some sunscreen, if you’re not wearing a hat. Check the label to see how long a time period you have before you need to reapply, and don’t forget to reapply after swimming or strenuous activity.

Sun-block is the best choice for the face, since it tends to tan or burn most easily. Sun-block typically stays on the skin better than sunscreen, but there are lots of sunscreens that are water-proof and sweat-proof. There are many different formulas available as well, such as lotions, creams, sprays, mousses, gels, and sticks.

Using sun protection all year round is your best defense against premature aging and the threat of skin cancer.

Staying healthy as a senior

Over 50 percent of seniors in the care of others are at risk for being under- or malnourished, according to the Mayo Clinic and American Dietetic Association. Malnutrition isn’t defined as a lack of food, but instead the lack of proper nutrition. In many cases, malnutrition can be especially difficult to detect. Some seniors even eat plenty, but happen to be eating the wrong foods to keep themselves healthy. With the aid of Comfort Keepers senior in-home care, seniors are helped to live healthy, independent lives. That’s why Comfort Keepers has created a campaign to speak about senior nutrition.

Just as seniors age and change, their nutritional needs change as well. Keeping them properly fed and healthy makes a real difference in their quality of life. Comfort Keepers wants caregivers and family members to be aware of ways to monitor the nutrition of seniors in your care. Here are some tips to avoid malnutrition in your elder loved ones:

  1. – Watch out for health issues such as slow wound healing, easy bruising and dental problems.
  2. – Keep track of any weight loss. Purchase a home scale for a senior’s household to monitor weight daily.
  3. – Pay close attention to seniors’ eating habits and ask them to tell you where and when they eat, but don’t rely on self-reports alone. Since Comfort Keepers® often spend mealtimes with seniors at home, they may have a better idea of normal eating habits.
  4. – Suggest family members visit during mealtimes which can improve how much a senior eats. If a senior lives alone, make sure you know who is buying his or her food.

For more information about senior nutrition, check out these Senior Information Articles.