Thursday, 19 July 2012
DIY remedies for embarrassing beauty disasters
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I've been visiting my family in Chile for the past four weeks and when this opportunity came up with Dove about suggestions and tricks for embarrassing beauty disasters I thought it couldn't be more perfect!
Honestly, not sure if it's a Chilean thing, or a general Latin American thing, but all abuelitas have DIY solutions for any beauty problem. You name it, they have something for it.
My Oma (my grandmother) has taught me a lifetime of tricks throughout the years which she still uses to this day and let me say, they really do work!
Here are a few of my personal favorite quick fixes for embarrassing beauty disasters. Some are classics, others may be new to you.
Here I go!
Too much fake tan on your face
Okay, the very first time I ever put fake tan on my face (hey I lived in London for six years, we don't get that much sun!) I went overboard and when I woke up the next day I was an exact match to the mahogany table we had in the living room.
Seriously, it was too much! I made my own scrub with sugar and had my husband run to the corner shop to get some glycerin. I mixed it in a small container and I exfoliated the life out of my face. It worked! I got it down to a normal looking color without having to buy an expensive scrub.
Everyone knows you shouldn't touch them, but we all do. Then they pop open and it gets worse...so what do I do? Dab a bit of toothpaste on it (or them) and let them dry overnight.
It stings a bit at first, but it absorbs the moisture and helps heal quicker. Been doing it since my teen years and just yesterday I went to see my cousin at her place and had a dab on her forehead!
Ewwwwww! Just talking about these things make me sort of grossed out, but aside from just washing my face, I would boil water with chamomile and stand over (carefully!) the steam which would open my pores and soften my face at the same time.
Chamomile acts as a lotion of sorts, so your skins feel silky smooth and then you are ready to gently wash your face with a damp cloth and get rid of the nasty little black heads.
Back in the day, before teeth whitening was the thing to do, I would brush my teeth at least twice a month with baking soda in order to eliminate the yellowness to them at my mothers suggestion.
Although you can buy products now with whitening in them, every so often I give them a good old brushing with the powdery stuff.
Dry and Itchy Scalp
I've actually never had to do this one, but my Oma swears by it. She takes olive oil and massages it into her scalp. She says to be generous and get it all over. She then wraps her hair in a towel, or puts on a shower cap (do those still exist?!) and keeps it on over night.
The next day she rinses with warm water and shampoos as normal. The scalp should feel fresh and less itchy. You can repeat once a week.
So there you have it! I have lots more, especially after I asked my Oma to help me out with this, so stayed tuned for part two. As a a very busy and on a budget mama it's great to know you can use what you have at home to look gorgeous!
Do you use the products in your home to take care of beauty disasters?
What do you do? I would love to know!
**I was compensated for this post by the Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own**