*Guest Post by Johny*
It seems like a crazy idea to slather sticky honey on your skin or pour beer on your hair. People will either think you’re into some kind of weird experiment or that you’ve lost your mind.
But you shouldn’t care about what people think as long as you know what you’re doing, right?
These strange, but surprisingly effective beauty fixes will resolve some of the most common beauty issues that you have.
Weird Beauty and Skincare Tricks that Actually Work
Avocado for Sun Damage
Apart from being an ingredient for traditional Superbowl guacamole, avocado also contains antioxidant-rich oil that’s beneficial for the skin. It’s also loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E that protect the skin from sun damage.
To take advantage of its powers, mix one tablespoon avocado oil and one tablespoon evening primrose oil. Pour the mixture in a glass bottle. Shake well before using.
Put six to seven drops on your skin. Massage gently. Cover your skin with a warm washcloth for one minute to let the skin absorb the oil. Evening primrose oil promotes production of collagen, thanks to its gamma linolenic acid.
Beer for Bad Hair Day
Parties won’t be complete without a couple of rounds of beer for everybody, but aside from giving life to celebrations, beer can also be used to keep bad hair days at bay. The hops and yeast help in adding volume to hair. It’s also acidic content removes chemical build up in the strands and scalp.
Use it as a hair rinse by mixing one-fourth cup organic beer, one-fourth cup water, and two tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Put it in a container with a spout.
In the shower, after you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair, pour the beer hair rinse over your hair. Use your fingers to comb the strands. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing with water.
Coffee for Stretch Marks
A cup of coffee is the first thing you reach for in the morning for that energy jolt you need for the day. Beauty-wise, it also offers tremendous benefits by fading unsightly stretch marks on your tummy, arms and legs.
Unlike other stretch mark treatments that work only on the outer surface of the skin, coffee works in the middle layer where the stretch marks can actually be found. Caffeine in coffee boosts blood circulation and promotes re-growth of skin cells. The coffee’s texture, meanwhile, gets rid of dead skin cells to reveal new skin.
To bid goodbye to stretch marks, combine one cup ground coffee and five tablespoons olive oil in a bowl. Mix to make a paste. Apply on stretch marks and massage for three to five minutes. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse. Apply shea butter on the areas to moisturize it. Repeat every day until stretch marks disappear.
Honey for Acne
Honey is the safe and healthy substitute to sugar that’s used as a syrup for pancakes and sweeteners for pastries and desserts. But did you know that in addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, honey can also be used to combat acne?
It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that will get to the bottom of your acne problem, killing the microorganisms causing the breakouts.
To use honey to fight acne, dab a little bit of honey on your pimples, and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing.
Alternatively, you can also make a honey facial wash by diluting two tablespoons honey in one-half cup water, and using this mixture as a daily cleanser.
Oranges for Dark and Dry Spots
Lemon might be the first citrus fruit on your mind when it comes to skin lightening. But it’s not the only one that can deliver. Oranges, which are many people’s favourite healthy snack, contain high concentrations of vitamin C that can lighten the skin and promote skin collagen production. Its antioxidants, meanwhile, keep the skin young and elastic.
Try this beauty recipe: slice a fresh orange in half, get the half and squeeze the juice into a bowl, add one-fourth cup sugar and one-fourth cup olive oil and mix well. Get the other half and rub it on your dark spots.
For the final touch, massage the sugar and orange mixture on your skin to remove dead skin cells. Rinse with cool water.
Sand for Cellulite
This amazing beauty secret from Brazil is surely a must-try. After all, Brazilian women are some of the most beautiful women in the world. If a beauty secret is from them, it’s sure worth a try, right?
Sand is thought to remove cellulite by boosting blood circulation and removing dead skin cells.
To try this, just get a handful of sand during your next trip to the beach. Rub it on your skin and all over your body. Rinse after a few minutes.
Sour Cream for Dull Complexion
Sour cream is a popular dip that can make even bland veggies palatable. But that’s not all. This dairy product is also a wonderful exfoliant and moisturizing facial mask, thanks to its lactic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid. These compounds brightens dull complexions by promoting growth of new skin cells. The natural fats also help in retaining the moisture in the skin.
What you’ll need for this beauty remedy is to get a tablespoon of sour cream and spread it evenly on your face and neck. Leave it on for 10 minutes before removing with a clean and damp washcloth. Rinse with warm water.
Walnuts for Dull Skin
Here’s another thing to love about walnuts: it can bring back the skin’s natural glow. It’s packed with omega 3 fatty acids that not only strengthen skin cell membranes but also absorb moisture, keep toxins away and lock in moisture.
On top of all these, omega 3 tones down skin inflammation and protects the skin from sun damage.
Get glowing skin by blending one-fourth cup shelled walnuts, one-half cup olive oil and one tablespoon honey. Use this scrub to cleanse your whole body, massaging it gently for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.
These beauty recipes that use items that you have in your refrigerator and pantry may seem unbelievable at first. But once you’ve tried them and you see the benefits for yourself you’ll probably never use commercial skincare products again.
About the Author: Johny is a writer of EpiCraze, a blog dedicated to provide effective solutions for little problems related to health, beauty, home remedies, and wellness.