We all have our weird little beauty secrets that help us to look great, and sometimes the strangest tips and tricks are the ones that work the best. If you've tried every skin cream and shampoo under the sun and are searching for something new, check out these unconventional beauty fixes that can solve your beauty problems.
Strange beauty trick 1: Fade scars with raw potato
Many of us suffer from skin blemishes and acne to some extent from time to time, and these can often leave red marks and scars on your skin long after the blemish has gone. To help fade red marks and facial scars, try treating your skin with potato juice. It may sound odd, but potatoes contain enzymes which can help to promote healthy skin and reduce scarring, and they also come at a budget-friendly price. To try this treatment, simply cut a potato in half then rub it all over the relevant area, letting the potatoes juices cover the skin.
Strange beauty trick 2: Fix fake tan mishaps with baking soda
So, you were just after a little bit of a glow and now you're looking a slightly streaky shade of orange... Don't panic! Glowing, streak-free skin is still within your reach. To fix a bad fake tan, make yourself an exfoliator out of baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda) and water. Mix the ingredients to form a paste and then rub all over your face and body in circles to lighten your tan and help remove any streaks.
Strange beauty trick 3: Prime oily skin with laxatives
Laxative medicine may not be the first thing that springs to mind in your quest for perfect skin, however if you're hoping to combat oily skin and leave your face looking matte then Milk of Magnesia - a liquid laxative and antacid medicine - could be the answer to all your problems. After cleansing and drying your face, apply a little Milk of Magnesia using a cotton wool ball and allow it to dry on your face. You can then apply makeup over the top for a smooth, oil-free complexion.
Strange beauty trick 4: Banish greasy locks with flour
Dry shampoo has become a staple in many of our beauty bags for those hectic days when we don't have time to wash and style our hair. However, if you've ran out of dry shampoo or fancy a cheaper alternative, the good news is that flour and cornflour (cornstarch) can also help to alleviate greasy roots. To instantly revive and add body to your hair, sprinkle a small amount of flour onto the scalp and work into the roots, then brush through to ensure all excess flour has been removed.
Strange beauty trick 5: Whiten your teeth with crunchy vegetables
If you're longing for whiter, stain-free teeth, then keeping some fruit and veg to hand could help to brighten your smile. Dark foods and bacteria from leftover food particles can lead to yellow, stained teeth. However, following meals with crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, celery and carrots can help to minimise staining and whiten teeth. The abrasiveness of these crunchy foods can help to give your teeth a post-meal clean, removing bacteria and lifting stains from your teeth, as well as providing a healthy and nutritious end to your meal.
Strange beauty trick 6: Clean your face with oil
Oil may be the last thing you want to put on your face; particularly if you already suffer from oily skin. However, non-comodogenic oils can actually help to clear out pores, reduce sebum production and cleanse the skin without drying it out. To try the popular oil cleansing method, select your oil (olive oil is good for dry skin while jojoba oil is beneficial for acne-prone and oily complexions) and rub it into the skin for a couple of minutes. Next, take a warm, damp muslin cloth and place it over your face until it starts to cool. Finally, gently wipe off the oil for a clean and soft complexion.
Strange beauty trick 7: Rejuvenate blonde hair with tomato ketchup
Whether you've had a hair dye disaster or are experiencing chlorine-induced green tones from spending too much time in the pool, blonde ladies can counteract green shades and rejuvenate their colour with the help of tomato ketchup. While it may not be the most appealing hair treatment, the red condiment can neutralise the green in your hair, leading to shiny, golden locks once more. Apply the tomato ketchup to hair and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off and shampoo as normal.
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Making sure you cleanse your skin correctly is one of the most important steps for maintaining beautiful skin. The key is to remove dirt and bacteria without over-cleansing, which can dry out skin. For the perfect cleanse, opt for a gentle, PH-neutral and chemical-free cleanser (avoid using soap as this destroys the acid mantle; a protective barrier of the skin) and wash off with a muslin cloth to lightly exfoliate skin.
Natural and organic beauty products have increased in popularity in recent years, and it may be time that you jumped on the bandwagon if you haven’t already. Using chemical-based skin products can not only be harmful for your health (as potentially harmful chemicals are transmitted through the skin and into the blood stream), but they can also lead to premature ageing. Switching to natural products is also a quick and easy way to help the environment. Check out these 10 beauty fixes in your fridge
Contrary to popular belief, dehydration does not only affect dry skin types and in fact even the oiliest of skins can suffer from dehydration. All skin types need to be regularly moisturised, so find a moisturising product to complement your skin type and use it every day. Also, make sure that you are targeting problem areas by using a separate eye cream and moisturising your hands and neck, as these are generally the first three areas to show premature ageing. Find out how to eat yourself beautiful
You may think that the concept of ‘beauty sleep’ is a myth, but research findings published in the British Medical Journal have actually found that those who get enough sleep (around eight hours a night) are believed to be more attractive. To really maximise your beauty sleep, make sure you take your makeup off before you hit the hay, as sleeping in makeup can lead to clogged pores, congested skin and eye irritation. Also, opt for silk pillow cases over cotton to help prevent compression wrinkles and maintain skin’s moisture levels. Check out these 10 ways to wake up looking gorgeous
Our skin contains a protective layer of oils (the acid mantle) which helps to lock in moisture and keep the skin hydrated and supple. However, washing your skin too often, for overly long periods or with hot water can strip the skin of these oils, leading to dryness and premature ageing. To help prevent wrinkles and maintain a soft, youthful complexion, try to keep your baths and showers short, clean your face just twice a day and wash with lukewarm water.
When it comes to wrinkles, prevention is better than cure, so try making an effort now to ward off one of the leading causes of wrinkles. While many of us wait until summer to bring out the sun protection, the UV rays which cause premature ageing (as well as skin cancer) can penetrate through clouds and cause irreversible damage. To help delay signs of ageing, wear an SPF of at least factor 15 every day.
While we hopefully all wash our faces every day, you could be spreading dirt and bacteria to your skin every time you apply makeup if you’re not washing your brushes regularly too. To help extend the life of your makeup brushes, keep them bacteria free and prevent build up on your brushes (which can affect the look of your makeup), make sure you wash your brushes every one to two weeks using hot, soapy water, a mild shampoo or a foaming anti-bacterial face wash.
Many of us spend a fortune on expensive beauty products to help keep our skin youthful and glowing. However, the most effective way to improve your appearance could be by making lifestyle changes. We all know that smoking causes premature ageing, but alcohol, sugar, salty food and late nights can also take their toll on your appearance. In fact, sugar consumption is up there with sun exposure and smoking when it comes to the major causes of wrinkles. Try cutting out – or cutting down on – your biggest vice and see what a difference it makes to your looks. Check out these 10 surprising benefits of kicking your bad habits
When it comes to our appearances, many of us get stuck in a rut, sticking with the same hairstyle, skin products and colour schemes for decades. So, try freshening up your look by taking a risk – as big or small as you like. Get a new hair cut, experiment with different blow-drying techniques or try out some bold new makeup colours. You never know, you may find a new look you love!
Just as it is important to keep your makeup brushes fresh and clean, it is equally as essential to keep your makeup kit updated and chuck out anything that’s been lingering too long. Many of us only replace our makeup and skin products when they run out; however old makeup can go off and harbour bacteria, just like old food. Make sure you throw out mascara after six months to avoid eye infections and replace other products after roughly 18 months. And while you’re throwing out old makeup, it’s the perfect time to try out new shades!
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