When you think of beauty routines and skincare rituals, your mind probably conjures up a variety of luscious goodies like face washes, moisturizers, little glass jars, serums, and fabulous mud masks. You’re not wrong; all of those items are par for the beauty course and can be incredibly effective. But what about unconventional ingredients? And products that aren’t marketed for skincare, but end up being effective beauty tools? Like raw egg whites, for instance. Who knew slathering your face in your favorite breakfast food could help enhance your beauty?
Below are some DIY beauty hacks that may leave you giving us major side-eye, but don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. The best part about ’em? You’ve probably already got all or most of these ingreeds just a few feet away at home and they probably cost you no more than ten bucks a pop …
- Orange you glad you’ve got a new undereye solution?
Orange probably isn’t the most popular shade when it comes to lip colors, but that’s OK! We’re not using it for our lips anyway. By using an orange-based lip color under your eyes and gently rubbing the color all the way in (and wearing it under your base makeup), the dark circles found under your eyes can be neutralized and minimized. Try a cheap coral or orange-hued lipstick and experiment for yourself.
- The endless benefits of egg whites
Eggs are an amazing natural ingredient full of nutrients and protein, and the beauty benefits are nearly endless when it comes to addressing many common beauty issues. By using raw egg whites (yes, we cringed too) in a variety of face mask recipes, you can help address issues ranging from shrinking large pores, to lifting and tightening your skin, reducing oily skin, acne prevention, and more. See video below and wait until you learn the beauty hack utilizing the left over yokes …
- Apple cider vinegar is your new best friend
Sure, you may have to pinch your nose a bit when using the incredibly versatile apple cider vinegar, but it’s wonderful for your skin (and just about everything else too). Thanks to antibacterial properties as a regular cleanser, it can help keep breakouts at bay and reduce skin blotchiness. For a daily toner, pour 1 part Organic Raw Apple Cidar Vinegar (we love Bragg!) into a glass jar, bottle or container. 2) Add 2 parts distilled or filtered water. 3) Shake the bottle to combine the mixture. 4) Apply the toner to your freshly cleansed skin using a cotton ball or pad, avoiding the eye area.
- Honey, we’ve found you a wax
Facial hair removal is something we can all relate to, right? It’s painful and can be expensive and honestly, just plain annoying. If you’re looking for an alternative to salon waxing, look no further than your own pantry. Honey isn’t just for sore throats and tea! It is the perfect all natural solution for those pesky, unwanted hairs. Just mix a teaspoon of honey (preferably manuka honey), a tablespoon of brown sugar, a little lemon juice and microwave the mixture for a few minutes. Make sure it’s formed a paste, and apply it to your eye brows, upper lip or wherever those hairs need to be removed, using a muslin strip or cloth. Remember to always pull in the opposite direction of the hair growth for optimal results an minimal pain.
- Scrub-a-dub-dub with a some coffee
Caffeine can stimulate more than just our minds, that’s for sure. If you’re starting to notice cellulite (and who doesn’t have cellulite), try using coffee grounds as a body scrub. Using it this way can help get rid of dead skin cells as well as stimulate blood circulation underneath the surface of your skin- where cellulite starts to creep up.
- A dash of EVOO can remove your mascara
We love us some olive oil, and who doesn’t have a little extra virgin olive oil in their kitchen? While it sounds kind of weird to think of something you usually use in sauce pans to simmer garlic being used on your face, it’s actually an excellent beauty tool. Olive oil grabs a hold of your stubborn eye makeup and works to remove it. Just rub it gently into your eyes and wipe away before rinsing with warm water. It also helps with dry skin, so feel free to slather it all over those dry spots too!
- Milk does your face good
For sensitive skin that’s easily irritated, soak a washcloth in milk and ice cubes, then slightly wring it out and place it on your makeup-free face for 10-15 minutes. Thanks to the cold temperature of the cloth, the protein and pH level in the milk, your skin will be soothed in no time.
By Alana Mitchell, Licensed Medical Esthetician