Lemon and distilled white vinegar do many of the same beauty tasks interchangeably. Lemon definitely has the upper hand, as its alpha hydroxy acids and pH act as mild exfoliants and the scent of the rind and juice provide a small burst of aromatherapy with each use. Cut lemons fresh to experience all of the benefits.
Lemon (and other citrus fruits) are antiseptic and can remove oils and firm skin temporarily. Distilled white vinegar is made from fermentation of distilled alcohol and is sometimes used to kill weeds. It should not be put on the skin or hair undiluted.
Lemon juice plus sun is a natural lightener. You may leave the juice on your hair while you soak up about half an hour of sun (and get your daily vitamin D). Wash and rinse as usual following your relaxing time bathing in the rays.
Get rid of odor by combining one cup of vinegar with two gallons of water. Wet your hair, rinse with the solution and dry. Your hair will have no odor, not even of vinegar, once it dries. Cold water will also give your hair a lovely shine.
The combination of the juice of one lemon and one cup of water makes a similar rinse for shine, but not one known to help with odor. This should be followed by a water rinse and your hair will dazzle.
Treat dandruff with a 4:1 water to vinegar hair rinse. Once a week should be sufficient as too much may over dry the strands. The rinse can remove the buildup associated with many products for hair. You may wish to patch test to be sure how your hair will respond, particularly if it is specially treated.
To treat dry scalp, heat one-eighth cup of olive oil and add the juice of half a lemon. Apply to the scalp. Massage it in and allow it to sit for five to 10 minutes. Follow up with a shampoo and rinse.
Lemon juice can be used in place of your normal astringent. Lighten your patchy elbow skin by rubbing it with a halved lemon. This treatment also reduces the visibility of age spots or freckles.
Allow the citric acid content of lemon to work for your skin. Lemon juice may be left on overnight to treat blackheads. Repeat the process daily until they dissolve. Some use this as a full-body overnight treatment for skin. Either way, rinse in the morning and avoid getting the juice near mucous membranes of the face or more private areas.
Add two tablespoons of vinegar to a bath to relieve itchy skin problems or apply a vinegar and cornstarch paste to trouble spots. Vinegar may be directly applied (undiluted) to a jellyfish or bee sting to relieve itching.
For a simple bug repellent, mix liquid dish soap, water and vinegar equally. Spray on your skin and reapply as needed.
Give your feet a spa treatment and fight fungus by soaking the affected area in a 2:1 water to vinegar bath for 15 minutes. Fight hard callouses and cracks by soaking in a blend of two gallons water to one cup vinegar. This will soften your feet and make them easy to exfoliate.
Soak your nails (hands or feet) in lemon juice for five minutes, then clean them with a nailbrush dipped in a 1:1 vinegar to water solution. This will clean and brighten your nails.