Having a dedicated beauty regime is important, but products can be seriously expensive and put a lot of strain on your pocket. Add to that the limited availability of certain cosmetics in Malta and you’ve just added a whole new set of frown lines to what was already happening naturally.
So, what if you could achieve the same effect with the stuff that you can find around your house? Some DIY beauty myths throughout the years have been exactly that – myths, so we decided to sit down and figure out what works, and what doesn’t!
1. Drinking water for clearer skin
The people of tinsel town are mad about this ridiculously easy (and kind of obvious) beauty hack. Cameron Diaz swears by drinking a large bottle of water after you have brushed your teeth in the morning. She says that every night before she goes to sleep, she fills up a large glass bottle of water and leaves it beside her toothbrush for the morning. Once she has brushed her teeth, she drinks the entire bottle to replace all the liquid she lost whilst sleeping.
Drinking water first thing in the morning has been proven to help wake you up and to plump up your cells to make you look more alert. If it makes us look even a little more like Cameron Diaz, we’re game!
2. Raiding your kitchen to get whiter teeth
We all want whiter than white teeth, but how do you achieve it? There are a few home remedies you can try.
Strawberries – Mashing up some strawberries and brushing your teeth with the paste can whiten your teeth. The natural acids are great at getting rid of red wine, coffee and tea stains. Don’t use it too often though, as the acids could damage your teeth with overuse.
Banana peel – The inside of a banana peel is high in vitamins and nutrients, and when you rub the peel on your teeth, the enamel absorbs the nutrients making the tooth stronger and whiter.
Baking soda and a drop of lemon juice – Watch out for this one as it isn’t the tastiest of methods but it is probably the fastest. Create a paste with the baking soda and a tiny amount of lemon juice. Get out your tooth brush and brush the paste into your teeth, allowing it to sit on the teeth for a while. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly.
3. Using lemon juice for nail varnish stains
Lemon peel can remove the stubborn nail polish stains left on your nails and fingers after you use a dark nail polish. If you have really stubborn stains, you can try and soak your finger tips in lemon juice. Just make sure you don’t have any cuts first – ouch!
4. And oranges to exfoliate
If you haven’t the time to buy expensive exfoliators, use an orange. The high vitamin content makes it a perfect exfoliator. Just cut an orange in half and use some elbow grease. Another great whole body exfoliator is honey and brown sugar, just mix the two together and scrub away!
5. Using mayo on your hair, instead of your sandwich
Actress Blake Lively rubs mayonnaise into her hair before her shower, starting a few inches down from the root, to the tip. The mayonnaise apparently protects her hair from the shampoos, which wash away all the natural oils and nutrients that make your hair healthy and shiny. Blake does have gorgeous hair so there may well be something to this one!