I've heard the ol' eggs in the hair bit, for instance. But I had NOT heard that you could also swipe a single finger along the inside of a used egg shell and apply some of the residual egg white directly to your face--around your nose (or anywhere with enlarged pores) or under your eyes to tighten up skin temporarily. Just let it sit while you eat your eggs for breakfast and then wash it off in the shower.
Here are some of the most unique home-spun skin care tips I've heard in a while!
Turn your leftovers into DIY spa treatments!
A too-ripe banana becomes....an exfoliating and hydrating facial mask for acne-prone and aging skin If you have a banana that’s too ripe to eat, mash ½ ripe banana with 2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt and 1 Tbsp honey and apply to skin, let it sit 5-10 minutes.
Flat, room-temperature beer becomes....a foot soak It's true: Soaking your feet in flat, room-temp beer helps loosen and remove dead skin cells from your feet. Fill a basin and stick your tootsies in there before exfoliating, pre-pedi.
Leftover oats become....a gentle exfoliant for sensitive skin Grind them up and mix them with your facial cleanser for the next time you wash your face.
Leftover wine becomes.... a firming mask Combine 1 egg white (to firm and tighten fine lines and wrinkles), 3 tablespoons of red wine (for its antioxidant benefits) and honey (to hydrate) and leave on your face for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Raw potato becomes....an eye mask Potato starch acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to ease irritated eyes so you can either grate them and put in a cheese cloth to make a compress or can just place potato slices over your eyes as compresses.
Lemon: Use an about-to-go-bad lemon to remove nail stains and excess self-tanner
Coffee grounds become....a cellulite-diminishing body scrub: Make an exfoliating scrub with your leftover coffee grounds. Make sure it's caffeinated! The buzz is that caffeine may improve the appearance of cellulite. Take left over (or even used and cooled) coffee grounds and mix them with an oil of choice to make a body polish.
Remnants of last night's champagne becomes....a facial toner Great for normal to oily skin. Just soak a cotton pad in chilled champagne and wipe thoroughly across a cleansed face and neck. It’s high in antioxidants due to the grape seed extract which packs more vitamin C and E than your average toning and anti-aging products…protecting the skin’s vital collagen and elastin from environmental free radicals and oxidative stress. Just remember that alcohol can be drying, so only use this treatment 1-2 times per week and be sure to follow with moisturizer.
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Terri Trespicio is senior features editor at Whole Living magazine and the host of "Whole Living" on Martha Stewart Living Radio, which airs every day at 10a East / 7a West on Sirius 112 / XM 157. Follow her on twitter @TerriT or subscribe to her videos on youtube at TerriT73.