DIY Beauty Hacks

If you conduct a simple google search in the attempt to discover some new and effective beauty hacks you can do yourself, you will realize rather quickly that there are numerous options. With so many options, it can be difficult to determine which hacks are actually effective, and furthermore which hacks are realistically applicable to you.

I figured I would propose some DIY beauty hacks that I myself use. I have tried my fair share of what google offers, but only a specific few truly stand out to me in terms of effectiveness and relevance in regards to what I will actually use.

Here are some DIY beauty hacks I have personally tried and would recommend to someone else:

(1) Banana Peel Face Rub

Yes, I am aware that this sounds quite odd and a little gross, but trust me, a banana peel can do wonders for pimples and blemishes. Simply peel a banana (yes, you can eat the banana), and cut the peel into 1-2 inch pieces. Using one piece at a time, rub the inside of the peel all over your face, specifically on areas where blemishes are prevalent. If it burns, rinse it off immediately. Otherwise, you should feel a slight tingling sensation. It will feel gross and sticky, but tough it out and let the peel residue sit on your CLEAN skin for approximately 15 minutes, then simply rinse it off. Store your banana peel pieces in an airtight tupperware container or a Ziploc bag in order to keep it from going rancid. Bananas have a lot of ingredients that combat the redness and swelling of blemishes, and you should see the size and severity of your pimples begin to reduce. You can do this up to 3 times a day, or you can simply do it once. It is super easy and certainly cost effective, meaning you don’t have to go out and splurge obscene amounts of money on acne products.

(2) Baby Powder as Dry Shampoo

I am sure most people have likely heard of this technique to combat greasy hair, but after using this hack for quite some now, I can attest to the fact that it truly works. With your head over a bathtub or a sink, take a handful of baby powder and massage it into your scalp. Once all of the baby powder is in your hair, brush your hair out to ensure it is dispersed equally. Your hair might be filled with static after doing this, but just smooth it over with some hand cream or some hair oil to calm it back down. Baby powder absorbs grease and dirt, and your hair will look freshly washed after using this hack.

(3) Apple Cider Vinegar as a Facial Toner

This hack may not be for everyone, seeing as apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. If you have dry or easily irritated skin, I would not recommend using this hack. If you do try it, always be sure to test a small area of your skin first to see if any irritation occurs before applying it to your entire face. I like to dilute the vinegar with some water to reduce the intensity of it, so figure approximately 2 parts vinegar and 1 part water. Mix the water and vinegar together, apply some to a cotton round, and wipe all over the face. Apple cider vinegar kills bacteria, removes dirt and dissolves dead skin cells, and it balances acidity in the skin. Be sure to purchase vinegar that is organic and unpasteurized.

These 3 DIY beauty hacks are all ones I have personally tried, and I can attest to their effectiveness. Try them out and let me know what you think!

– Lauren

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