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Over-the-Counter Beauty Tips

Eggs, lemon juice, olive oil, and parsley aren't just for salads anymore -- they're beauty products, too!

By Jean Lawrence
WebMD Feature

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario

When you're feeling drab, no need to head to the department store and max out those credit cards. You may already have all the beauty products you need. Just open the medicine cabinet or fridge!

Diane Irons is the author of many low-cost beauty books, including Bargain Beauty Secrets and Age-Defying Beauty Secrets: Look and Feel Younger Every Day. She tells WebMD that common household products, found in almost every medicine cabinet, can be used to for purposes other than those listed on the label:

  • Hemorrhoid cream. The cream version, not the greasy one, can be used for undereye puffiness. Let it soak in and apply makeup. "It's also good to de-puff the jawline."

  • White toothpaste. Regular toothpaste, not the gel kind, can be dabbed on pimples to dry them overnight.

  • Eye drops. If you don't have time to treat a pimple overnight, anti-reddening eyedrops can also be applied to pimples with a swab, left for 10 to 15 seconds, then makeup applied. The drops take the red right out, making the blemish coverable.

  • Vitamin K salve, available over the counter, helps prevent stretchmarks.