5 Fabulous At-Home Beauty Swaps
Posted by Casey Nicole on August 20, 2012 at 4:31 PM
It’s possible to get that glam, gorgeous look without blowing your budget on expensive products. In addition to picking up your beauty products at the drugstore, you can even “shop” your medicine cabinet at home. The Vaseline you never use and the aspirin you’ve had forever can be reimagined as beauty treatments. Once you’ve watched Girls Guide To…TV Presents: Beauty you’ll know what not to do. But, for now, we’ll show you how you can really make those products multitask.
The most common dandruff treatment is medicated shampoo. However, it’s possible to treat dandruff by using aspirin. Aspirin contains salicylates, the same active ingredient that is also found in the medicated shampoos. Here’s how to DIY:
- Crush two uncoated aspirin by folding them in a napkin and crushing them with the back of a metal spoon or grinding them in a pill grinder.
- Pour one capful of shampoo into a bowl. Use a fragrance-free, dye-free shampoo with as few ingredients as possible. Dandruff can be exacerbated by additives such as perfumes and conditioners.
- Add the aspirin powder to the shampoo. If you use more than a capful of shampoo to wash your hair, adjust the number of aspirin tablets accordingly.
- Stir the mixture well and use it to wash your hair. Leave it on for at least five minutes to allow the salicylic acid to exfoliate your scalp.
- Rinse the shampoo thoroughly from your hair and repeat if you wish. You can add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to a pitcher of water and use that for the final rinse for extra dandruff-fighting power. There is no need to wash the vinegar out of your hair; the smell will go away as your hair dries.
Aspirin is also commonly used as a face mask, and for the same reason above. The salicylic acid in aspirin is a gentle treatment for acne and inflammation. Crushed aspirin can have a positive effect on acne-prone skin, with minimal irritation, especially when combined with moisturizing honey.
To DIY: Mix five to seven crushed aspirin pills with a touch of water to make a paste. Mix in one teaspoon of honey, and apply to skin for seven-to-15 minutes and rinse.
Vaseline is used in countless ways for at-home beauty treatments. As mentioned by Kelsey, many people apply a coat of Vaseline to eyelashes before bedtime to keep lashes looking lush and thicker over time.
Here are a few other options:
- Apply Vaseline to dry feet at night, and then cover them with socks. You’ll wake up to softer feet.
- Tames unruly eyebrows.
- As a lip gloss.
- Mixed with lipstick to create a gloss or cream blush.
- Mixed with eye shadow for a cream shadow.
- As a makeup remover.
- Maintains perfume scent longer when applied at perfume points before spritzing perfume.
- Moisturize severely dry skin.
- Protect stains during at home hair dyeing.
The cream version of Preparation H, not the gel, can be used for under eye puffiness.Using Preparation H, a cream designed to restrict blood vessels, is a common method for treating bags under the eyes, although its effectiveness varies. Because this method isn't a generally advisable form of treatment, it is important to be careful when applying the cream. Use a Q-tip to apply under the eyes, and make sure not to get in any your eyes. Let it soak in, and then apply makeup. It can also be used to “de-puff” the jawline temporarily.
Pepto-Bismol contains the very popular acne fighting ingredient, salicylic acid as well. So, it helps to dry out acne and tighten skin. Simply apply the liquid to the face. Wait 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Pam Cooking Spray
While Kelsey suggests using Pam cooking spray as an inexpensive option to get dewy skin, we actually find that a little too strange. I mean, who wants to smell like butter? Instead, pick up a bottle of baby oil to achieve your dewy skin. We promise it’s inexpensive, and you'll actually smell good!
Have you used any of these at-home beauty treatments? Share any that we might have missed in the comments below!
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