We don’t care how great your skin is or that you’re basically a grooming demi-god: Everyone has their own set of beauty blunders that they needs to combat. It may seem efficient to pick up some cosmetics that promise to cure every grooming faux pas, but why spend the money when some of the most effective options are already in your kitchen pantry? That’s right, dear reader, basic household must-haves double as grooming products. Here, we list six of our favorites.
1. Have acne? Use raw honey
“Hooray, my face has inherited yet another pimple,” said no one ever. Pimples occur for a lot of different reasons — chronic, hormonal, and environmental are just some examples. But regardless of the cause, you want your newly acquired blemishes gone, stat. For a helpful and fast-acting spot treatment, dab some raw honey on the problem area. According to Rapid Home Remedies, this one contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities, not to mention it’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins. If you’d like to give this ingredient a luxe upgrade, Manuka honey works just as well.
2. Have dry skin? Use coconut oil
Coconut oil can gift you with baby-soft skin in a snap. “Coconut oil provides deep and real moisture,” nutritionist Kimberly Snyder told The Huffington Post. “It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin’s surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture.”
Don’t be fooled by its solidified appearance: The white chunky substance quickly melts into a true oil that’s perfect for massages, straw-like hair, and dry skin. And unlike that family-sized hand cream you think will work wonders, a little bit of coconut oil will go a long way.
3. Have yellow teeth? Use baking soda
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed caffeine addict or cursed with less-than pearly teeth, a dingy smile is not ideal. Professional teeth-whitening kits can offer a movie star-worthy grin; however, they’re pricey. For an affordable alternative that promises subtle results, mix this kitchen staple with water to create a whitening paste. According to Colgate, baking soda can help remove surface stains. While this option will help your smile, protect your teeth’s enamel by using this ingredient sparingly.
4. Have thin hair? Use beer
Yes, you read that correctly. The hoppy beverage may do no favors for your waistline, but it’s rumored to be a god-send for those stringy strands. According to AOL, the beer’s yeast bolsters your hair shaft, which will make your hair more voluminous. For optimal results, the website recommends rinsing your hair with a can of flat beer after shampooing. But be sure to thoroughly rinse and condition your locks after your beer soak: After all, nobody wants hair that reeks of their favorite brew.
5. Have puffy eyes? Use tea bags
No matter how much sleep you get the night before, puffy bags underneath your eyes are unavoidable, right? Not necessarily. To keep the skin underneath your eyes looking smooth and healthy, simply rest two brewed (but cooled) tea bags under your lids for a spa-like remedy.
“The natural caffeine helps shrink blood vessels to visibly diminish puffiness,” dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D., Ph.D., tells Woman’s Day.
Want to intensify the results? The women’s website also recommends chilling the tea bags before applying since the cold will help reduce swelling.
6. Have oily skin? Use cornstarch
No matter how many oil-free cleansers and moisturizers you’ve tried, you can’t seem to find a solution that combats your oily skin. But before you decide that you’re plagued with a greasy face for the rest of your life, try using cornstarch as a natural powder. It may sound a little girly but, when used in small quantities, it can dry your body’s extra facial oil and leave smooth (and fuss-free) results. Or, as Home Remedies For Life recommends, create a cornstarch-based mask with some water. Not only will you feel pampered, but the results will be worth it.
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