The beauty industry is a diverse, money-making machine. It encapsulates everything from hair care to skin care for both men and women and is worth, literally, billions of dollars. In 2015, the beauty industry generated $56.2 billion dollars in the United States alone. Beauty products are notorious for being quite pricey, with top-market brands like Elizabeth Arden, Avon, Chanel and Mary Kay able to sell a tube of moisturizer for more than $100 dollars.
But quantity doesn’t always equal quality, and there are ways you can get the same effect without breaking the bank. In fact, you probably have a wealth of beauty products in your kitchen already. It’s not so much about what you have, but what you do with it. A lot of household products and essentials can help you look after your face, body, and hair. You need to know the right combinations to use. But many of these beauty hacks offer you a natural alternative to the harmful chemicals that many store-bought products contain.
This is good news for those who have allergies and those who don’t have the funds to go and buy the so-called ‘good stuff’. These beauty hacks that are made up of natural products will make a difference and give you the desired effect without bankrupting you. Some may sound a bit unconventional, but their proponents swear by them. It’s worth giving them a try. You never know, they might just be exactly what you need.
Here are 40 inexpensive beauty remedies every girl should know. Share them with your girlfriends and spread the word!
1. Toothpaste for Acne
Acne is a hugely problematic skin condition for people all over the world. It’s a medical condition that is characterized by the occurrence of pimples, blackheads and cysts that can be brought on by things like puberty, hormonal imbalances and menstruation. There are four main factors that contribute to the development of acne, which are excess oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores and bacteria.
Acne can appear anywhere on the body, but is usually found on the face, neck, chest and back, because these areas contain the largest amounts of sebaceous (oil) glands. When the hair follicle becomes clogged with oil and dead skin cells it becomes infected, which causes inflammation of the skin, pussing and redness. Acne usually affects teenagers but it’s not uncommon in adults. There are many different avenues of treatment for acne, including over-the-counter creams and ointments, antibiotics and medications.
One easy and inexpensive home remedy for acne is toothpaste. While it can’t prevent further acne breakouts, it can effectively treat any existing pimples. This is thanks to the clotting properties in toothpaste that decrease redness and swelling while preventing bacteria from spreading to other pores. Toothpaste dries out the pimple, which helps shrink it and lessen the appearance. Before you apply toothpaste to the pimple, wash your hands thoroughly first. Then use your index finger to gently apply toothpaste directly onto the pimple, being careful not to rub too hard as this may further irritate it. Leave the toothpaste on overnight, or for at least one hour, then rinse off with cool water.
To receive the best benefits, it’s important to choose the best toothpaste. Look for a toothpaste that contains a combination of ingredients like baking soda, the antibacterial triclosan, menthol, fluoride, hydrogen peroxide or sodium pyrophosphate. Natural toothpaste containing tea tree oil, aloe, eucalyptus or witch hazel are also effective. Avoid toothpaste with artificial colors or bleach, as these ingredients may irritate the skin.