One of the greatest temptations any girl has to face is the beauty aisle at any department store. Instead of buying all kinds of good stuff just because it looks promising, take a look at what sits at home instead. Even if you’re just using food, what matters is that it delivers results. You may miss out on having tons of cute products in your purse but you will look great.
So many designer lip-stains offer that elusive texture which is not quite a sheer natural shade yet not tinted enough to be lipstick. Lip-stains are notoriously expensive and entirely hit or miss. One way to get that perfect look is with beets. This root vegetable contains a combination of natural dyes, which are impossible to squeeze into a lip product. Dip a Q-Tip in a jar of clear Vaseline. Next, dab it on a sliced section of the beet and let the juice soak in. After dabbing it onto one’s own lips, one will have a lip-stain that lasts way longer than any designer product.
Greek yogurt is one of those super-foods that have won a lot of love lately. Not only is it full of vitamins and nutrients, it can help fight acne as a face-mask. Apply full fat Greek yogurt to the face and let the fats soak in and hydrate the skin while the lactic acids works its magic and loosens dead cells. After fifteen minutes, work the hands in a circular motion to cleanse the skin. Greek yogurt also contains live bacteria—the kind that is good for you because they’re already members of the natural flora. They will help fight the “bad bacteria” that cause an upset stomach or even facial acne—and restore the balance.
Don’t throw away used up coffee grounds. Even though the only cup of coffee they can make now is weak and bitter at best, they can still work as an integral part of any beauty routine. The fine yet rough texture of the grounds means they can be used as an exfoliant. Grab a handful when you’re in the shower and rub them onto the skin in a circular fashion, which allows for them to slough away dead skin. The remaining caffeine in the grounds helps improve blood flow, which temporarily reduces the appearance of cellulite. The remaining tint can even provide a slightly tanner glow. This is the kind of skin care that doesn’t involve any harmful substances or UV rays.
Dark spots are the worst. Because they’re so isolated, they’re hard to combat without involving healthy skin in the crossfire. The sake helps prevent melanin deposition, the dark pigment that is the cause of dark spots in the first place. Geishas are said to have used this not only as a drink, but also as a part of their skin care routine to help prevent signs of aging.
Drug store toners are much too harsh for healthy skin. Department store toners can be ridiculously expensive and dubious when it comes to results. Use champagne instead. The grape seed extract in champagne contains vitamins C and E and works as an anti-aging substance. Use this delicious drink to help preserve your skin’s natural collagen and elastin—two substances that bring a youthful tautness and glow.
One of the important cosmetics to have is the one that removes the rest. One doesn’t actually have to buy a makeup-remover just so they don’t end up washing their face with soap. Use coconut oil to help dissolve a heavy coat of foundation or eye makeup without running the risk of introducing harmful chemicals to the skin. One can even use this as a highly effective moisturizer for when they’ve just stepped out of the shower.