My best friend came up to visit me at school once and ended up meeting a guy at a party. She went home with him and amidst hooking up, said: “it’s not me, it’s you.” Harsh. Anyways, shortly thereafter, this guy, now with a seriously bruised ego, encountered me at another party. Recalling that I was her friend, he took out his frustration on me. With a cup of beer. That he poured from a porch. Onto my head.
While at first I was angry that this unfortunate boy was taking out his anger on me ruined my straight hair that I spent an hour on, I now know better. After some research on natural beauty remedies, I learned that beer actually adds volume to hair! This guy wasn’t trying to hurt me; he was trying to help me out! His glass was empty, but I’m choosing to look at the situation as a glass-half full kind of thing.
Who knew that beer was helpful for more than getting drunk? Actually though, it turns out that lots of food and beverage products are quick fixes for hair and skin problems. Spend 5 minutes looking through your pantry or fridge and you’re sure to find some ingredients that could improve your beauty problem areas. Below are some super simple ingredients and what they can help you fix. Save money, be natural, and be beautiful?
Helps: dry, flat hair.
To use: Yeast and hops build volume so test this out in the shower when your hair is feeling especially dull. Pour a heavy beer (non of the MGD64 crap) over your hair in the shower and rinse just until the smell is gone (so you don’t smell like my ex-boyfriend/a frat house).
Helps: Remove oil and grease.
To use: Salt can be used on dry hair to remove oils. Massage a tablespoon of big, coarse salt crystals into your hair. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and then brush it out thoroughly so it doesn’t look like your hair is flaky.
Helps: Shrink enlarged pores.
To use: Mix 1 teaspoon of tomato juice with a couple drops of lime juice. Apply to your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Then rinse. Unless you want to look like a pizza.
Almonds and Honey:
Helps: Dry, dead skin.
To use: Mix almonds and honey together to make a paste. Massage into your face or body with warm water. Scrub away the dry, dead skin then rinse away with cool water.
Helps: Dry, damaged hands.
To use: Apply olive-olive oil all over your hands right before bed, massaging it into your skin. Then put on a pair of cotton gloves and hit the sheets. Skin will be soft as a baby’s butt in the morning.
Chamomile Tea Bags:
Helps: Puffy, swollen eyes.
To use: After steeping the tea bags in water, place them in the fridge (for the summer, or in warm water for the winter) for a couple of minutes, then lie down and place them over your eyes. Puffiness should be immediately reduced. Toss those puppies away and enjoy a nice, soothing cup of Chamomile tea.