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
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:
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.
Aspirin can be used to treat dandruff. In her book, The Model's Way to Beauty, Slenderness and Glowing Health, former Wilhelmina model Oleda Baker recommends mixing an inch of warm water in a coffee cup, dissolving 30 aspirin tablets and 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda, and applying the foaming concoction to your hair after shampooing. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then comb to work out flakes. Doing this every day for a week can eliminate dandruff.
Vaseline. Even though many of the high-end beauty gurus sniff at "mineral oil" for your face, Alexa B. Kimball, MD, MPH, assistant professor of dermatology at the Stanford University Medical Center, tells WebMD that no one is allergic to petroleum jelly and it makes an excellent moisturizer, especially around the eyes. The layer holds in moisture. "It never irritates from perfumes," she says.
Beauty Tips for Hair From the Kitchen
After cruising the aisles of the drugstore, don't forget the kitchen. It is a beauty counter unto itself.
For more beautiful hair:
Flat beer. Be sure to use beer that has lost its zing, or else heat fresh beer and allow it to cool. Wash your hair, pour it on, and comb. "I guarantee it will not smell after it dries," Irons says.
Vinegar. This is a marvelous rinse, according to Baker. Cider vinegar is good for brunettes, white vinegar for blondes. Four tablespoons in three glasses of warm water. Then use lots of cool water to remove the salady smell.
Kitchen Beauty Tips for Gorgeous Skin
According to Irons, food works to beautify skin better on the outside than the inside! Some new uses for: