An excerpt from Unusual Tips for Beauty by Marquette Heaven.
Who doesn't like to find out a new way to use something that they probably already have on hand in their home?
"Take a soft or medium hardness toothbrush, glob on a bit of toothpaste (preferably the pasty white kind with baking soda,) and start brushing your nails. Scrubbing with toothpaste will help remove yellowing, restore shine, and get rid of stains."
"Avocados can be used as a mask that can be put on your face for 25 minutes. Using avocados as a face mask will make your skin softer. They can also be used as a hair mask to make hair shiny and more manageable."
"I've been using maple syrup (the real stuff, not the artificially flavored kind) as a lip moisturizer for over a year now and the results are GREAT, my lips have never been softer and I barely need to reapply."
"If blackheads are giving you trouble, try switching from harsh cleansers to a honey wash. Honey contains natural antibiotics to clear up pores and isn't as harsh as other cleansers."
"When one first thinks of zinc oxide you may immediately think of diaper rash cream. Zinc Oxide, because of its powerful noninflammatory agents, is effective for the treatment of acne. Not only will it reduce inflammation but also when applied to the affected area it will slow down the production of oils, draw out the infection, and speedy up the healing process."
"Use unsweetened cocoa powder for a variety of beauty purposes. Dust lightly on your nose and cheeks for a natural, great-smelling bronzer. Apply it to brunette hair roots as a dry shampoo. Mix it with water to form a paste and use it as a gentle facial scrub."
"Take a teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with a few drops of water. Add enough water to create a paste. Place the paste onto the blemish and let it dry. After it is dry wash your face and check out the result. Your blemish will not be as swollen."
"To reduce the swelling around the eyes or just as a refreshing pick me up, brew a cup of chamomile tea and let the tea bags cool a bit. Next close your eyes and place the WARM tea bags over your eyelids as a compress. Remove after a few minutes, once it has cooled down and your eyes will feel and look more refreshed in time to enjoy your tea."
"Egg yolk can be used to clear up acne. You simply separate the yolk from the egg white, and apply generously over your face once a day (I usually do so before bed.) Leave the egg yolk on for approximately 5-10 minutes, then rinse away with warm water. After about 2 weeks of doing this on a daily basis, you will notice an obvious difference. The egg yolk moisturizes and nourishes the skin, leaving it looking clear and healthy. I've been using this method for the last 10 years, and it really works!"
"An old, soft-bristle toothbrush can make a great exfoliator for your lips and t-zone. Clean an old brush well, and dip in or rub on your favorite lotion, cleanser, or lip balm (depending on the area to be exfoliated), and use just like you would an expensive facial brush!"
"New products for dark circles under your eyes include caffeine. Use green tea. It won't stain your skin like coffee or dark teas may after continual use, and gives a little burst of caffeine to that area creating blood circulation."
"Pumpkins contain nutrition such as skin-repairing vitamin A and antioxidant C. Zinc is also present in pumpkins for wound healing and acne banishing characteristics. You can make a quick pumpkin mask for your face with 3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin (without sugar or spices) puree mixed with a ½ teaspoon of honey and ¼ tsp. milk. Omit the last ingredient and substitute water if you have dairy allergies. Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Clean your face with warm water to open your pores and apply the mask with your fingers. Leave this on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off the mask with warm water. Put a moisturizing lotion on your skin immediately instead of drying your face."
"Are you looking for an inexpensive and easy way to exfoliate? Simply combine used coffee grounds and a small amount of sea salt with a binder, either an egg or olive oil to form a thick paste. Apply liberally, rinse with water, and finish with a moisturizing lotion of your choice."
"Use distilled white vinegar as a final rinse to set hair colors. After coloring hair as directed rinse with vinegar in order to keep dark colors from bleeding out during following hair washes. Works wonderfully for deep red and robust black hair colors."
"For quick gray root touch-ups, I use eye shadow that matches my hair color and brush it on the gray hairs. My roots get a quick boost and it gets me through another week without having to pay for a salon."
"Might sound crazy, but using soda cans as rollers works to give big, loose curls. Add some setting gel and hairspray on shoulder length hair. Leave in no less than an hour. I tried it just for fun after watching Lady Gaga wear it in her video with Beyonce, Telephone."
"Use coffee grounds to reduce that pesky cellulite plaguing your thighs. After the grounds cool, rub them on your problem areas and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the grinds to work their magic for 30 minutes. The diuretic properties of the caffeine will draw water from the cells, reducing the appearance of cellulite."
"Baking Soda is readily available and inexpensive. I keep a small box in my bathroom to use as a gentle skin scrub. Just take a small amount in your palm and make a paste with water. Then spread it evenly on your face, avoiding the eye area. Gently scrub for about 1 minute, and rinse with water. Your skin will feel smooth and refreshed!"
"Table salt is one of my favorite everyday household items that does wonders in the beauty department. At least once a week I add it to my body wash to create a gentle exfoliant for my entire body. It especially does wonders on rough spots like elbows and heels and leaves my body feeling clean and looking radiant."
"Sugar can help slough off dry, scaly patches on various parts of the body, from your head to your toes. Use a little on your lips to make them kissable, mix it with your favorite body wash to make a great body scrub, or add a touch of olive oil to it for a salon inspired foot massage. Sugar washes away easily and costs pennies compared to some high end scrubs."
"If you mix corn starch and baking soda together you could use them under your arms as a deodorant they will keep your under arms dry and it will not harm you."
"One of my favorite products is Coconut Oil. With its antiviral and antibacterial properties, it can be used to moisturize skin and hair, as a makeup remover, for sunburn relief, and as a massage oil."