Call it word-of-mouth beauty, but these bizarre are steeped in science and logic. Best of all they really do work! As we sieve through the world of strange beauty rituals, a few clunkers had to be kicked to the curb, but all the rest, presented here, are real gems.

1. Pepto-Bismol Makes a Refreshing Facemask

This stomach remedy has a surprising secret!. Not only can it settle your tummy after a rich meal, it can also multi-task as a facial mask. The secret beauty ingredient in Pepto-Bismol is bismuth subsalicylate – a common ingredient in facial creams. We use salicylate in over-the-counter acne products to gently exfoliate oily or acne prone skin, clearing our skin of dead cells, blackheads and whiteheads. Put two teaspoons of Pepto-Bismol on your face, leaving it to dry like a mask. After 15-30 minutes, rinse it away with warm water. Persons with sensitive skin should be cautious and try it on their wrists first.

2. Powder Your Roots

Here’s how to give your scalp a dry shampoo if you are short of time but high on grease! If your hairline starts to look greasy, dig up a big, fluffy makeup brush, and dip it into a pot of loose powder. Tap it once on the back of your hand to remove the excess, then dust it over your roots. It mops up oil and blends into your strands, so no one will know you didn’t shower.

3. Chamomile Tea with Lemon Can Lighten Hair

Desperate for highlights, but not keen on the chemicals in hair dye?  Here is a more natural way to get some colour an shine into your locks. Relax and turn the kettle on – literally. Chamomile tea and fresh lemon juice is a permanent hair lightener. Here’s how: wash your hair and use chamomile tea mixed with lemon juice as a rinse instead of conditioner. Then sit in the sun to let your hair dry. It will give you natural highlights. The heat from the sun, or your hairdryer causes the lemon juice to brighten your hair. The chamomile brings out natural looking blonde tones. The key is to use both ingredients together – lemon juice alone can result in brassy streaks.

4. Scent Strands with Perfume

Here’s how you can mesmerize with your hair. If you don’t have time to get a good shampoo and conditioning in, you can still get your hair to smell fresh all day long. Spray a light shot of fragrance into the bristles. Run it through strands from roots to ends and your hair will smell amazing throughout the day.

5. Raw Potato Can De-Puff Eyes

The next time you wake up to puffy eyes, head to your kitchen. You heard me right, apparently good old potatoes have de-puffing benefits when used around the eyes. The vegetable has a soothing effect on swollen skin tissues. Cut two slices from a freshly washed and peeled raw potato. Lie down, placing the slices on your eyes. Ten minutes later, remove the potato pieces and rinse the eye area with lukewarm water. Potatoes are astringent, so they can help decrease water retention and therefore, puffy eyes. In addition they contain an enzyme called catalase that can help lighten dark circles a little bit. That’s what we call killing two birds with one potato.

6. Cure Calluses with Vaseline

Those dreaded corns can now be easily solved with a remedy that costs under $5. Slather on the petroleum jelly, and put on socks before bed to dissolve tough calluses overnight.

7. Baking Soda Removes Self-Tanner Streaks

Self-tanner is a convenient way to have a golden, summertime hue. But the downside to this bronzing ritual is that people get self-tanner streaks when the product has been applied unevenly, or when dead skin cells haven’t been exfoliated properly prior to its application. If you are a victim to these embarrassing self-tanner streaks, that box of baking soda lurking in your cupboard is your new bff! Here’s how: wet some baking soda in your hand and massage the area of your tanning mishap. It gets pasty and gritty on contact with water, so it helps exfoliate the dead skin cells that are stained with self-tanner, lightening the obvious streaks.

8. Fix a Flushed Face

If you turn red and stay that way after exercising (like seriously red for hours, even though you’re healthy and hydrated), take an antihistamine like Benadryl when you leave the gym to reduce redness.

9. Toothpaste Kills Pimples

Got a pimple before a big event? Dab on a little toothpaste. Toothpaste acts like an astringent drawing impurities out of the skin. The paste will dry up the blemish and help kill germs in the affected area. Your best bet is a natural or organic toothpaste with minimal addictives. Get an actual paste, not a gel. Apply a small dab to an acne spot and leave it overnight. Be sure to use a small amount – too much and your skin may become irritated or excessively dry. In the morning, wash away the paste and your breakout should be less inflamed and noticeable.

10. Cure sunburn with tea

To sooth a sunburn, take a lukewarm bath in strong black tea! The tannins take away the sting and swelling. Tannic acid in the tea draws the burn out of the skin and helps it heal! So if you need a skin soother, put a couple of strong tea bags into the bath and soak your worries (and burn) away.


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