Beauty Tips Using Common Household Items
1. Baking soda’ s natural abrasive texture combined with it’s acidic neutrality make it an excellent exfoliant for skin and nails.
- For a smooth radiant complexion mix a spoonful of baking soda with a little bit of water or gentle facial cleanser to create a thick paste (if you have sensitive skin use less baking soda). Massage lightly on pre-moistened skin in circular motions. You should spend about one minute on each area. Rinse thoroughly with tepid water and pat dry. Do not rub as this can irritate the skin and deprive it of the needed moisture it absorbs from water. Follow with your normal moisturizer.
- To give nails a clean fresh white look and soften cuticles sprinkle baking soda on a lemon wedge and rub on nails.
2. Fix your broken powder makeup with rubbing alcohol.
- Add a few small drops of rubbing alcohol into your broken powder compact or casing.
- After you add the alcohol to the broken powder you will notice it seep into the powder causing it to become soft.
- Smudge the soft soaking powder around, making it into a paste-like substance and reform it by smoothing it out with your finger.
- You can smooth the surface out with the bottom of a spoon
- Let it dry overnight for best results
3. Eggs work great as a facial mask to reduce shine, firm skin, and moisturize. This is especially helpful for oily skin. The egg white draws the oils out; tightening skin and toning open pores. The yolk moisturizes, leaving healthy glowing skin.
- Separate the egg white in one bowl and the yolk in another. *Tip: Add a few drops of lemon juice if you have oily skin. Lemon is a natural astringent and helps eliminate oil.
- Wipe your face with a warm cloth to open pores.
- Beat the egg white until frothy and spread around your face in circular upward motions while avoiding the eyes. Wait 15-30 minutes. You want it to ‘harden’ on your face.
- Wipe the egg white off with a warm, damp cloth.
- Beat and spread the yolk around the face in the same manner as the egg white and wait 15-30 minutes.
- Wash the egg yolk off with cold water to close your pores and pat dry.
- Use witch hazel to do a quick cleanse of makeup brushes to remove stubborn particles and kill bacteria.
- Rinse your tools with water. Get as much makeup as you can out of the brush before you apply the witch hazel.
- Pour 3 parts water and 2 parts witch hazel in a spray bottle.
- Spritz the brush with the witch hazel solution. Do not be heavy handed. Use your fingers to work it into the center of the brush, or spread open the brushes and clear out the inside. Do not soak them in the witch hazel.
- Let the brushes sit for fifteen minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
- Lay them out on a towel to dry as shown in the picture below.
- Once a week, wash brushes more thoroughly: Shampoo with a pea-size amount of liquid glycerine soap and soak in warm water with a few drops of witch hazel. To finish, rub a bit of conditioner through, and rinse well.