Squeezing benefits out of citrus juice

Saving in Style

May 16, 1991|By Holly Selby

Want some lemon aid?

Fresh lemons can be a boon to those who want to save money during the summer. Besides their obvious use as the main ingredient in homemade lemonade, they have beauty uses, as well.

* Lemon juice can be used to whiten fingernails.

Already squeezed lemon halves can be used as skin softeners on areas such as elbows. Rest your elbows in the halves for 10 minutes.

* Lemon juice can add highlights to hair in the sunny months, according to the June issue of Mademoiselle. Fresh-squeezed is best, but bottled juice is OK, too. Just spritz the liquid on, or make a paste by mixing lemon juice, a couple of teaspoons of cornstarch and paint it on; reapply when your hair dries out. Another tip: Lemon juice has a drying effect -- to counteract, try mixing with avocado before applying to your hair, or conditioning afterward.

Scents that linger longer

If you have good scents, you want to use them regularly, right? But that can get expensive. Well, there are a number of ways to get the most out of your perfumes and colognes -- especially during summer.

First, don't overdo: Humid, warm weather may make scents seem heavy or overpowering. And to enhance the staying power of your favorite perfume, dab a bit of petroleum jelly on your skin at your pulse points before applying it.

Also, you can create your own exotic (but cheaper) bath oils by adding one teaspoon of your favorite fragrance to a couple of table- spoons of baby oil.

Doubling up

What do you do when it's summer and it's hot and you'd liketo wear less makeup -- but have protection from the sun?

Double up, of course. Why not save your skin and save money while you're at it?

Several companies have products -- from L'Oreal's HydrPerfecte, a moisturizing foundation with an SPF 10 to Neutrogena Moisture, a moisturizer with SPF 15 -- that can be used as part of your regular makeup regimen, as well as protection from the sun. (Most of these products, however, are not meant forbeach use -- but for protection during your everyday activities.)

And just in time for the summer months, Maybelline is offering Moisture Whip SPF 15 lipstick that will both color your lips and shade them from the sun.

The lipstick will sell for about $4, comes in six shades from "wine on ice" to "Bermuda Pink" and will be on sale in stores such as Drug Emporium and Giant food during June through August only.

Saving In Style welcomes questions and suggestions. Write Holly Selby, acting Fashion Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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