As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What passes as absolutely stunning in one culture may not be as popular in another. However, there is one thing that is universal to all of us ladies: we all like to look our very best. That said, not all of us are fortunate to have an endless bounty of financial resources on hand to splurge on expensive spa treatments and products. What’s an aspiring bombshell to do? If you want to look your very best, but you don’t want to break the bank to achieve it, then you seriously need to consider these six beauty tips. Not only are they completely effortless, but you’re also using products you already have around the household – no costly trips to the salon or beauty supply store required!
Give Your Lips a Rosy Flush
There’s nothing more youthful and healthy than having full and supple lips. Conversely, dry and cracked lips aren’t just painful, they can also prematurely age you. If your lips are feeling rough and chapped and you want to restore their beautiful glow, then you need to try this beauty tip tonight. Start with a small dollop of toothpaste. (Note: actual paste and not gel works better for this hack, but gel will do in a pinch!) Add a dollop of honey, then apply to a soft-bristled toothbrush. Carefully scrub your lips for up to five minutes, using a gentle back-and-forth motion. Rinse, then swipe your favorite lip balm over it. Your pout will be perfection once again!
Smooth Lined Skin
While many of us look forward to growing older with a sense of deep-seated dread, growing older is actually a privilege that should be embraced. Besides, those lines by your eyes and on both sides of your lips? They mean a life filled with smiles and laughter! However, if you’re not keen on looking your age, then you’ll probably love this beauty tip. Start with a handful of grapes. Give them a good rinse, then drop them in the blender and puree them until a soft paste. Remove two tablespoons of this mash and stir with a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply to your face. After twenty minutes, rinse it off with warm water and gently pat your face dry. Your skin will look softer immediately!
Unclog Those Pores
When most of us think of acne blemishes, we immediately think back to our awkward teenage years. The thing is, though? Acne breakouts aren’t just for adolescents. Many adults (both males and females!) struggle with zits even into their 20s and 30s. If you’re looking to eliminate blackheads and clogged pores, you need to take a trip to your pantry. Combine a packet of unflavored gelatin and two tablespoons of milk. Mix them up and zap it in the microwave for ten seconds, let cool slightly, then apply to problematic areas. Let it set for fifteen minutes, then gently pull the masque off. Voilà: you now have decongested, clear skin!
Get Thick, Lustrous Locks
Some people were fortunate enough to be born with a full mane of gorgeous hair. For everyone else who wasn’t quite so lucky in the genetic lottery, this amazing hair masque can help you have the incredible hair of your dreams. (Oh, and if you were born with thick hair but have noticed it getting a little thin on the crown, take note. This beauty hack can help you, too!) You’ll need to raid your refrigerator for this recipe. Start with one egg yolk and one ripe avocado. Puree into a paste, then apply to your hair. Let it sit for an hour, then rinse it out with cool water. Do not use hot water unless, of course, you enjoy the idea of picking out scrambled egg yolk from your scalp! If you use this masque twice a week, you’ll finally have the covetable hair that you always wanted!
Banish Unwanted Stretch Marks
Stretch marks can appear for a variety of reasons. Whether you hit a growth spurt, gained a few holiday pounds, or gave birth to a darling child, you may have a network of angry-looking red marks on your belly and thighs. While they’re nothing to be ashamed of, you may feel embarrassed when you look at them. If you want to eradicate them for good, then you need just two things in your arsenal. One, a starchy potato. Two, a roll of gauze. Slice the potato into medallions and press the pieces against the stretch marks. Bind them to your body with the gauze. Leave on for at least a half-hour, but overnight is fine, too. Rinse the juice off and repeat as needed. Those stretch marks will be a distant memory before too long!
Treat Yourself to Mile-Long Lashes
Okay, you now know how to have clear, unlined skin. You’ve figured out how to give yourself a pink, dewy pout, and you’ve mastered the art of achieving no bad hair days. Now all you need to do is get those sultry doe-like lashes and you’re all set. Well, guess what. We’ve got the hookup for you right here. All you need to use to get luxurious lashes that are just begging to be batted is a dollop of coconut oil and a splash of aloe vera gel. Combine one teaspoon of coconut oil with two teaspoons of aloe vera gel. Using a clean cosmetic wand, apply the tincture to your eyelashes as you would mascara. It’s advised that you use this serum before bed so you don’t accidentally wipe it off. Your eyelashes will be flirtatiously fluttery in no time!
Be the Best Version of Yourself
Everyone has the right to feel beautiful. Even if you don’t have the time or the resources to pop into a fancy spa or high-end boutique, you still deserve to feel your very best. If you’ve been feeling discouraged when you look in the mirror and have wanted to give your appearance a little pick-me-up, then these six beauty tips were totally made for you. Not only are they ridiculously affordable, but they’re also quite safe and all-natural, as well. Why don’t you crack open a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, cue up your favorite rom-com, call up your besties, and try them out tonight?