I hate the addictive nature of some products. I’m also prey to the strength of advertising. You know the kind, where they tell you there’s a problem (my skin, the colour of my teeth, the lines around my eyes) and, all of a sudden, I’m concerned about something new. And guess what, only their product will fix it. Well, here’s an end to all that. Here are tips and tricks to stay looking healthy and fresh without falling slave to the juggernaut of the beauty industry.
Baking powder. What an over-achiever. Mixing two teaspoons with one cup of water will create you a fantastic clarifying shampoo. You can use it as a teeth whitener (another amazing achiever there is strawberries. And quitting smoking. Obviously). You can chuck- or sprinkle it more like- into you workout shoes as odour prevention. Seriously, this humble kitchen ingredient does the work of many.
Switch The Tap
Like a steamy hot shower? So do we all. Here’s how to make it work for you beauty routine and save on buckets on spa treatments. Towards the end of your shower, switch the water to cold for 15 seconds. Repeat this hot to cold routine for 2 minutes. Your skin with be given an enormous gift of life, and you’ll get the shock to the system so will probably be far more alert.
Hold the phone. Janice Cox has suggested this acne treatment and, I have to say frugal friends out there, it’s a mind-blower. After spending my adolescence investing in acne-prevention treatments, turns out I could have just mashed together 1/4 cup fresh strawberries with 1/4 cup of yoghurt, spread on my washed skin, let it sit for 15 minutes and then washed it off. Apparently strawberries are a natural source of the same acid found in acne products. Incredible.
Spending a fortune on eye cream? Those days are gone. Slice a potato, and pop a couple of slices on your eyes. You’ll reduce puffiness (and your monthly budget) quite significantly. Some fruity remedies are banana or avocado mashed and spread across you face as a mask. I don’t know how I would cope with this one, the temptation to eat the mask might become overwhelming.
Ah, green tea. Good for you, inside and out. Instead of just drinking it (which is wonderful for your health and your skin), set some aside and once cool, use it as a facial toner. No more need we invest in green tea products- we can have the teabag for about 20 cents.
Yellowing nails can be unappealing, so fade the look by running a freshly cut lemon over your nails. The other option, suggested by Total Beauty, is mixing one teaspoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of water and soaking your nails for 15 minutes. It’s suggested you then use a moisturising nail cream, as lemon is quite drying.