Women spend a fortune on cosmetic products to fix a broad range of beauty problems related to their skin, nails, teeth, and hair. The market is flooded with countless beauty products, all of which claim to be magic bullets in their own right.
From top-of-the-shelf luxury brands to all-natural herbal antidotes, there’s a product for every wallet, preference, and problem. The market for these products is ever growing, as gullible customers buy into every gimmick that the beauty industry throws their way.
Every product promises guaranteed results, but only after burning a hole in your pocket. While some may live up to their claims, a lot many will only yield temporary results or fail altogether.
Besides, assaulting your skin, hair, teeth, and nails with any and every new product that enters the market can do more harm than good.
Most of the standard beauty products that are celebrated for bearing quick results do so because they are swimming with chemicals and parabens. The prolonged use of such toxic ingredients can irreparably damage the integrity of your skin, hair, nails, and teeth, which is an even greater price to pay than the actual cost of these products.
Why subject yourself to such heavy spending when you can get the same beauty-enhancing effect from a wealth of inexpensive ingredients that line your kitchen cabinets? Organic home remedies using all-natural ingredients are more than just anecdotal. Such alternative beauty therapies, when used correctly and regularly, can give you a complete makeover.
Along with natural treatments, it is important to get good sleep, reduce your stress level, and get proper nutrition and exercise to keep you looking beautiful both from within and outside.
Here are inexpensive remedies for 10 beauty problems that every girl should know.
1. Toothpaste for Acne
Acne, blemishes, and other skin breakouts are most common among teenagers. In fact, 70 to 87 percent of teenagers report having this problem.
Acne can appear on the face, chest, back, and scalp. Excessive oil production, accumulation of dead skin cells, clogged pores, and bacteria are the four most common factors contributing to acne.
Here is an inexpensive quick fix for your zits.
- Apply a small amount of white toothpaste on the affected area before going to bed and rinse it off the next morning. Repeat the application daily for a few days until your skin is free of acne.
- Aloe vera gel is also effective for mild to moderate acne. Just extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply it on the affected area, two to three times daily. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera help kill the bacteria causing acne as well as reduce inflammation.
2. Avocado Mask to Repair Dry Hair
If you wish to give your lifeless, strand-like locks a complete do-over, trust avocado to get the job done. It is replete with omega-3 fatty acids that can add some much-needed luster to your dry, damaged hair. This creamy fruit is known to exhibit deep-conditioning properties that will leave your hair ends soft and smooth.
Whip up an all-natural hair mask using the goodness of avocado, lemon juice, and olive oil at home to bring your dry, dull, and damaged hair back to life.
- Take a whole avocado and smash it to make a paste.
- Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 4 tablespoons of olive oil to the paste and mix well.
- Apply the paste to your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing.
3. Sugar Scrub for Chapped Lips
When it comes to beauty, you simply cannot ignore your lips. Soft, pink lips enhance the appearance of your face, but cracked and dark lips can spoil your overall beauty.
Aside from using low-quality lip care products, excessive exposure to direct sunlight, excessive smoking, high caffeine intake, and hormonal imbalances can lead to dry and dark lips.
- Make a lip scrub with 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix the ingredients well and use this mixture to gently scrub your lips for a couple of minutes, once a week. This will help remove dead skin cells and leave you with flake-free lips.
- To keep your lips moisturized, you can even massage your lips with lukewarm olive or coconut oil once or twice daily.
4. Sugar Wax for Unwanted Facial Hair
Use it just the way you would use your regular hair removal wax. Like the wax, this remedy will only help remove the unwanted hair temporarily, not permanently.
- Mix together 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1 teaspoon of water.
- Heat the mixture in a microwave for 20 to 30 seconds until it turns brown. Allow it to cool.
- Using a spatula, apply it on the areas where you want to remove the hair.
- Place a cloth strip over the mixture and smooth it out in the direction of the hair growth.
- After a few seconds, rip it off in the opposite direction of hair growth.
- Repeat the process as needed.
5. Baking Soda for Yellow Teeth
For a bright smile, it is important to maintain beautiful, pearly white teeth. Good oral hygiene plays a key role in keeping your teeth sparkling white.
However, hereditary factors, excessive consumption of tea or coffee, excessive smoking, and use of hard water can stain the teeth and make them appear yellow in color.
There are many teeth-whitening products on the market that you can use or you can go for a whitening treatment from your dentist. However, these options can be heavy on your pocket.
- Simply mix ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with a small pea-size amount of toothpaste. Gently brush your teeth with this mixture, once a week. The abrasive nature of baking soda will help polish the surface of the teeth and remove the stains. Make sure not to eat or drink anything right after using this remedy.
- Another good option is to rub fresh orange peel (the inside portion) over your teeth every night before going to sleep for a week. There are bleaching compounds in the peel that can reduce the yellow tinge on your teeth.
6. Cold Spoon for Puffy Eyes
Any girl can go crazy seeing puffy eyes and dark circles under her eyes after waking up.
The problem of puffy eyes occurs for several reasons. The most common are excessive crying, late-night partying, excessive stress, genetics, hormonal changes in the body, lack of sleep, and so on.
For this beauty problem, there are some simple and straightforward remedies to try.
- Put a few metal spoons in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or until they are fully chilled. Hold the upper portion of the cold spoon against your puffy eyes for 1 minute. Replace the now warm spoon with another cold spoon. The cold temperature will help tighten up the skin around your eyes and relax the blood vessels, thus helping to get rid of puffy eyes.
- Another option is to chill your used green or black tea bags in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Put them over your closed eyelids for 10 minutes. Repeat the application a few times. The anti-irritant properties in the tea will help reduce the swelling and inflammation. This remedy will also help fade under-eye dark circles.
- Another cost-effective remedy for puffy eyes is to place thick slices of chilled cucumber slices on your closed eyelids for 10 minutes, a few times a day. The astringent nature of cucumbers helps reduce inflammation around your eyes.
7. Egg Whites for Oily Skin
Oily skin does not age faster, but it is the most difficult skin type to care for. As the body produces more oil than necessary, it gives a greasy look to the skin.
Plus, oily skin is prone to acne breakouts and blackheads. This problem most often affects women with fluctuating hormones.
To turn a greasy, shiny complexion into a fresh-faced glow, you need to cleanse your face a few times daily with a gentle cleanser. There are also some easy remedies to try.
- An egg white is one of the most effective and inexpensive remedies for oily skin. It helps absorb excess oil and also tones up oily skin. Whip 1 egg white and apply it on your skin. Allow it to dry, and then wash it off with warm water. Follow this remedy twice a week. Optionally, you can mix the juice of half a lemon in the whipped egg white before applying it to your face.
- Another simple remedy is to rub half a tomato on your skin. Wait for 15 minutes for the tomato juice to do its work, and then rinse it off with cold water. Use this remedy two to three times a week. The natural oil-absorbing acids in tomatoes help absorb the excess oil.
8. Coconut Oil for Extremely Dry Skin
Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition. Lack of adequate moisture in the skin causes itching, dry skin patches, scaling, and cracking. As scratching may be hard to resist, it makes the skin condition even worse.
Living in extreme weather conditions, spending long hours indoors with central heating, taking long hot showers or baths, swimming in chlorinated pools, using harsh soaps and detergents, and regular sun exposure are some of the causes of dry skin.
To soothe dry skin, proper moisturization is a must. For this, there is no need to invest in expensive moisturizing creams and lotions. There are many natural hydrating products in your kitchen that can give effective results.
- Applying some extra-virgin coconut oil on your skin daily after taking a bath is highly beneficial for extremely dry skin. Applying the oil especially after a bath when your skin is somewhat damp helps lock in the moisture.
- Another good natural moisturizer for dry skin is honey. It helps lock in moisture to reduce dryness and keep the skin soft and supple. Rub honey all over your body and then wait for 10 minutes before taking your shower. Do the application once daily.
9. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice for Dandruff
Dandruff is another embarrassing problem that can give you nightmares. It is a very common problem that people of any age can suffer from but is most prevalent in people in the early 20s.
Dandruff causes visible dry flakes of skin that shed from the scalp. When these flakes land on dark clothing, they cause a lot of embarrassment. Dandruff also makes the scalp itchy and oily.
- Mix ¼ cup of warm coconut oil with the juice of half a lemon.
- Use the mixture to massage your scalp, and then wait 30 minutes before washing your hair.
- Use this remedy a couple of times per week.
10. Baking Soda for Blackheads
Another common problem faced by teenage girls is blackheads due to clogged skin pores. Blackheads look like small dark or black bumps and primarily appear on the nose and forehead.
Girls who have oily skin and those undergoing hormonal changes in the body are more prone to this problem.
Using chemical peels and prescription treatments from a dermatologist who specializes in skin care can help get rid of blackheads, but both these options are expensive.
Instead, you can try some cost-effective remedies at home, where you can use common household ingredients that can exfoliate the area and clean out your pores.
- Make a paste of baking soda with a little water. Apply it on the affected area, leave it on for a few seconds, and then rinse it off. Use this remedy once or twice a week.
- The oatmeal that you eat for breakfast can also help. Prepare a face pack with 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt, and a little lemon juice. Apply it on your face, wait for 5 minutes, and then scrub off the paste with wet hands. Then, rinse your skin with lukewarm water. Do this remedy once or twice a week.
Baby Powder for Oily Hair
Oily hair not only looks neglected but is also extremely unattractive. In addition, it is lifeless and more prone to dandruff and itchiness.
Minor oily hair issues can be easily corrected at home with changes in your hair care routine and simple remedies.
For instance, you need to wash your hair more frequently and use only lukewarm water, not hot water, for washing your hair. Hot water stimulates sebum production, thus making your hair greasier than before.
Also, avoid using a hairbrush as it will distribute the sebum all through your hair from the roots to the ends. Instead, try combing your hair.
On days when you can’t wash your limp locks but need a quick fix, you can use baby powder or talcum powder as an effective dry shampoo to help absorb the excess oil. Just put some baby powder in your hands and rub it all through your hair. Then, brush your hair gently.
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