10 Weird and Wacky Beauty Facts
Rucuss staffOctober 20, 2011
There are different ways to help your beauty.
Many stick to the norm with their beauty products for hair and skin. But many home remedies does the trick too. MSN has put together the top 10 craziest remedies to help improve your body.
Milk & Honey Bath
Lactic acid, found in milk, is
a natural skin-softener, said Darrell McCurtain, a therapist at the Golden Door
Spa. If filling an entire tub feels too indulgent, try using a small basin to
soak feet or hands, or add a few cups to your bath water. Throw in a few
teaspoons of honey to capture its anti-bacterial effect.
We cheered the news that red wine is good for our health, and McCurtain told us it’s fab for your skin, too! “The antioxidants and polyphenols found in wine are good for softening skin, and
they’re easily absorbed through it as well.” Similar to the milk bath, fill your whole tub if you’re feeling luxe (or lush), or try in smaller doses like a foot or hand soak.
Curly-haired ladies should borrow a (clean!) pair of their man’s boxers to dry their locks, since a towel’s fibers can actually increase frizziness. Simple cotton is far less agitating. “My best friend will literally jump out of the shower and wear her boyfriend’s boxers on her head to help dry
her hair and keep it up and out of her face so she can put makeup on,” said Dallin James, hair stylist at the Marie Robinson Salon.
Lettuce & Spinach
Fight wrinkles and keep hair and nails healthy by fortifying your diet with lots of silicone-rich foods, suggests beauty nutritionist Paula Simpson. Smart buys include Romaine lettuce, spinach, cucumber, bell pepper, and tomatoes (including the skin).
Start digging through your spice rack–Simpson identified celery seed as a natural diuretic to combat bloating. She suggested a simple tea recipe to reap the benefits: Pour one cup of boiling
water over a teaspoon of crushed seeds, steep for 10 to 20 minutes, and sip.
“Ever wonder why there’s a fresh sprig of parsley on your dinner plate when you’re at a restaurant?” said Simpson. It might be that your host wants to help you avoid awkward conversations later. “It’s thought that parsley contains antibacterial properties helpful for
fighting bad breath.” To make it work for you, chew on a fresh sprig–dried versions won’t work.
Green Tea Bags
Chilled, already-steeped green tea bags are an easy way to fight puffy circles in the morning. Ranson recommends steeping two and letting them sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes. The
coolness will feel amazing, and the brew’s caffeine will help increase micro-circulation.
Espresso shot before your next run, anyone? An American College of Sports Medicine study found that consuming caffeine such as coffee, iced tea, or soda (diet!) can help increase physical performance during your workout. “Drink a caffeinated beverage before your workout!” suggested Dr. Elizabeth Applegate, a professor at UC Davis.
Lemon juice combined with tea is an easy fix
for oily hair. “The lemon works as a great astringent but doesn’t ruin the pH
balance of the hair and scalp,” explains TRESemmé celebrity stylist Jeanie Syfu.
Do half lemon juice, half black tea and rinse through clean hair.
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