Are these unusual beauty regimens as safe and effective as they are creative and inexpensive? We get it straight from the experts.
In order to look and feel good, women look to professional beauty specialists for research-backed beauty and cosmetic tips that are proven safe and effective. We're no strangers to their strongly recommended practices and products that, regardless of our age, keep us beautiful and healthy from the tip of our hair to the soles of our feet.
As women of all ages are constantly on the search for the best ways to maintain that youthful glow, beauty solutions that are considered weird—because they utilize unlikely materials or ingredients or embrace previously unknown practices—are now on the rise. Here, we list seven beauty routines and remedies that are gaining popularity among women. The good news? Health and beauty experts say they actually work.
1. Use olive oil as a superior wrinkle remedy.
More than just a kitchen must-have, olive oil is a natural beauty wonder. This miracle liquid is not only known for the vitamins and minerals that help manage heart diseases and diabetes; it is also an excellent antioxidant that your skin will love. When applied on your face like a moisturizer and cleansing agent on a daily basis, olive oil can smoothen and keep it virtually wrinkle-free. According to New York-based dermatologist and cosmetic skincare expert Dr. Valerie Goldburt, olive oil mixed with water and other essential oils makes a safe and superb moisturizer and mascara remover. It's all natural and safe for any skin type.
2. Don't squint. And quit the angry face.
Sporting an angry face not only invites negativity; it hastens the aging process too. By constantly frowning, you'll get ugly grooves and fine lines that usually start at the eye! Squinting causes you wrinkles, too, so wear sunglasses when it's too bright. Skin care experts and dermatologists say that by simply keeping your face calm, you can save hundreds of dollars on products that claim to keep your skin younger looking. Don't squint, fight off those grumpy days and of course, don't forget to smile!
3. Use Vaseline to remove eye makeup.
A lot of women have issues with removing stubborn eye makeup, and they are often able to do that by rubbing makeup-removing products aggressively. According to Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy, founder of Miami Skin Institute, this is a no-no. Rubbing your thin and sensitive eyelid skin can damage it and cause aging; the eyes are prone to it! Dr. Jegasothy says you can leave Vaseline or Aquaphor onto your eye area for a few minutes. This will melt the makeup and make it easy to wipe; no need to rub or press hard on your eye area. This trick works even for oily skin.
4. Hydrate your lips right after you get out of bed.
Many women battle with dry, chapped lips especially when exposed to extreme heat such as during summertime or to cold dry air during the winter season. A common remedy is the lip balm that contains beeswax or petroleum to help moisturize the lips. Dr. Rebecca Kazin of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery uses a similar product. The only difference? She starts to remedy the situation early in the day. Every morning upon waking up, she applies this on her lips to keep it hydrated.
5. Use skin whitening products to bleach undesirable dark spots.
Yes, skin whitening products really do work! While skin whitening has been around for centuries, the modern skin whitening products we have now have truly made a breakthrough in providing individuals with glowing, lighter skin. Apart from the ability to generally make your skin lighter, skin whitening products can also brighten or lighten acne scars, age spots and brown spots caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun, according to Dr. Deborah S. Sarnoff, Senior Vice-President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. Just make sure to follow the directions carefully and use it as much as it says it should.
6. Bathe in raw oats to prevent dry skin.
Dry skin is itchy and tends to be flaky. To prevent this, you can apply generous amounts of creams and lotions onto your body throughout the day. Or you can start your day feeling naturally moisturized by soaking in a tub of raw oats. Dr. Diane Madfes, a dermatology clinical instructor of dermatology in New York City, says alligator skin appears when natural moisture leaks out through the topmost layer of your cells which, in dry skin, isn't exactly intact. A cup or two of regular raw oats has enough protein and lipids to replenish that barrier and prevent moisture from seeping out of it. Be sure to take lukewarm bath; do not use hot water as it makes your skin even drier. Soaking in the solution for about five minutes will do the trick. Follow it up with your daily moisturizer.
7. Use milk to calm post-shaving skin rash.
If your skin got irritated after shaving or waxing, you would want to make sure you apply treatment creams and lotions. But did you know that full-fat milk will do the job? With its natural anti-inflammatory properties, milk is a gentle remedy. Unlike other products that tend to be acidic, full fat milk has pH levels that can calm and soothe skin irritation from shaving and even alleviate itching caused by poison ivy. According to celebrity dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco, this is the reason why milk-based lotions work on sunburns and generic skin burns. You simply need to mix a cupful of full-fat milk with ice cubes. Use a saturated washcloth to wipe the affected area for up to 10 minutes and rinse it with cool water. Pat it dry and apply cortisone cream. You'll notice that your skin will feel much better.
The quest for ageless beauty with perfect skin and hair is an adventure on its own. Think out of the box and see what you've got in your cupboard but be smart about your beauty regimens. And it goes without saying that you should listen to expert advice to be on the safe side.