Almost everyone has seen a beauty blog these days. In the US alone, over 50% of women occasionally watch beauty blogs and 34% follow advice from YouTube tutorials and video blogs. With this amount of easily-accessible information, it seems like there’s almost nothing left to surprise us. But the list below will present you with some unexpected information about some of the most common beauty problems.
Bright Side has collected some helpful tips to simplify your beauty routine.
1. Strawberry paste to treat razor burns
Razor bumps can be painful and irritating. A surprising way to reduce pain and swelling is to mash some strawberries together with sour cream and apply directly to the razor burn for 10-15 minutes. The beneficial effects of strawberries are connected to their anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and their remarkable composition of minerals and vitamin C.
2. Baking soda and lemon to remove stains from your nails
Your nails can turn yellowish for many reasons: nail polish, smoking, liver disease, poor lifestyle habits, and even fungal infection. While it is always important to consult a specialist and fight the internal issue, there are some surprising home remedies to make your nails look better. One of these DIY remedies is a mix of lemon and soda which have bleaching and exfoliating properties.
Make a thick paste mixing one tbsp of soda, half a tsp of olive oil and one tsp of lemon juice. Using a soft toothbrush, apply the mixture on your nails and remove it after 5 minutes. Repeat the procedure every 2 weeks for the best results. Lemon is a natural bleaching agent and it’s used in many cosmetics for skin whitening.
3. Activated charcoal to whiten teeth
It is surprising to know that something as dark as activated charcoal can actually help whiten your teeth. All you have to do is to crush up one tablet of activated charcoal, add a bit of water, and mix it into a paste. Gently apply the paste and rinse after 3 minutes. You shouldn’t perform this procedure too often as charcoal can be too harsh on your teeth.
What is even better and safer is to buy a special toothpaste which has charcoal as one of its ingredients.
4. Black lentils to treat split ends
Instead of rushing to make an appointment with your hair stylist, consider using black lentils to help you get rid of split ends. To make a hair mask, grind half a cup of black lentils, add one tbsp of fenugreek seeds, and add some yogurt to the mixture. Apply the mask to your hair and wash it off with warm water after one hour.
5. Aspirin as a calluses remover
Calluses can lead to pain, inflammation, and bad odor. Aspirin is a good remedy for calluses and foot fungus since salicylic acid is its main metabolite. Crush 4 tablets into a powder and mix it with water and lemon juice.
Apply the paste to the calluses, cover the surface with a towel, and rinse after 20 minutes. Afterwards, gently rub your feet and dry them. Repeat the procedure twice a week.
6. Avocado to tame frizzy hair
Frizzy hair can damage even the best look. Surprisingly, avocado that you buy for your lunch can come to your rescue here. To make a mask, mash an avocado with some yogurt and apply it to your hair for 45 minutes twice a week.
Avocado contains useful vitamins for hair repairment and nourishment while yogurt conditions your hair. Yogurt can be substituted with mayonnaise.
7. Potatoes to treat stretch marks
Stretch marks are a common problem for women, appearing as a result of skin stretching during pregnancy or adolescence. Potato juice contains useful vitamins and minerals promoting the growth and restoration of your skin cells and, as a result, helps make the marks fade. All you have to do is rub a potato slice against the mark for several minutes, let it dry, and then rinse with water.
Potato juice won’t magically cure your stretch marks, but it will make them less visible.
8. Spoons to remove eye bags
We’ve all heard that tea bags, cucumbers, and potato slices can help us get rid of dark circles and eye bags in the morning, but there is a way that does not require any products at all. To tighten your skin and remove swelling and puffiness, place cold metal spoons on your eyes for ten minutes before applying makeup.
9. Honey to heal chapped lips
The problem of having dry and cracked lips is something we’ve all experienced. Lips can become chapped because of either hot or cold weather, allergies, and frequent open-mouth breathing. Honey is a traditional method to combat this problem and it was used in ancient civilizations of Egypt, China, and Africa due to its moisturizing and healing properties. You can apply it raw or with some lemon before bedtime, as a mixture with sugar for a scrub, or in combination with cream and rose petals for a lip mask.
10. Lemon with honey to treat acne
It is no news that lemon has antibacterial properties, but did you know that you can also use lemon to fight acne flare-ups? To increase the antiseptic properties, combine lemon with honey and apply this mask twice a week. You’ll also notice other benefits, such as a reduction of wrinkles and skin that appears fresh and smooth.
Have you tried any of these remedies before? Which information was useful, new, and surprising for you? Share your opinions, impressions, and beauty tips in the comments!
Illustrated by Natalia Tylosova for BrightSide.me