Always looking for ways to stretch your beauty dollar? We’ve got a few new ones for you. Besides, why spend so much on products and treatments when you can achieve the same results at home? All it takes is some effort. Budget Barbie, anyone?
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1) A “milky” treat for a milky mien
My household’s magical ingredient? Milk of magnesia. While it’s meant to allay tummy aches, my little trick involves slapping it onto my skin to radically reduce the redness of rashes.
How on earth does this embarrassingly simple solution work? As it turns out, the active ingredient in milk of magnesia is an excellent anti-inflammatory, making it great for balancing out blotchy skin. Simply dab onto affected areas, relax and kick off your kitten heels for a couple of minutes, then rinse off for smoother, softer skin.
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2) Ask for more seaweed with your hawker centre fish soup
Don’t forget to eat your sea veggies! This marine manna is so very good for you – and so very yummy, too.
The most direct beautifying benefits? Seaweed boasts a stress-alleviating stockpile of B-vitamins that bolster your body against fatigue by fortifying your adrenal glands – and this in turn will help to soothe stress-induced skin sallowness. Ask the canteen auntie for an extra spoonful in your fish soup the next time you’re lunching!
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3) Use your night moisturiser as a power-packed pre-cleanser
That pricey pot of fancy face cream you blew your bonus on is giving you pimples. What now?
Don’t toss it out! If you suspect a cream is too rich for all-night use, slap it on before cleansing, let sit for five minutes, then take it all off. Beauty bonus: You’ll find that your warpaint slides off that much easier too, thanks to the extra lubrication.
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4) Try before you buy
The early bird catches the cream, so aim to arrive at the cosmetic aisles in the first hour of the store raising its shutters, when shoppers are sparse and you’re more likely to receive rapt attention from the counter crew.
Beauty bonus: When foot traffic is light, the makeup consultant on standby will also be more likely to throw in a full face makeover, if that’s what you’re gunning for as well.
5) Do this with your eyes wide open
If you’re particularly puffy from pulling too many all-nighters, try this neat little “eye-xercise” after applying your eye cream. Using clean fingers and starting from the inner corners, press gently for about five seconds.
Inch outwards at five-second intervals: Five seconds of pressure close to the tear ducts; five seconds at the midway point directly below your pupils, and a final five seconds at the tapering end of your lash-line. This prodding of your pressure points prompts further fluid drainage, plus it’ll feel pretty darn good after a long day of eyeballing your electronic devices.
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6) Ice, ice baby
I swear by this incredibly “cool” if strange-sounding beauty hack: Simply “ice” in the morning.
Hold a cold compress against your cheek for a minute or so, then pat dry. The plunge in temperature shrinks the skin’s blood vessels and takes care of puffiness, pores, ruddiness and such for instant Insta-ready skin.
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7) Nail the art of whiter nails
The trick to restoring your nails to their pristine pink state is the exact same as that for your pearly whites: Hydrogen peroxide by way of teeth whitening strips. Head to your nearest pharmacy and ask for off-the-counter hydrogen peroxide. (Scrutinise the label to make sure it doesn’t exceed the three percent concentration threshold; any greater and there’s no guarantee you wouldn’t well, get your fingers burnt.)
In any case, mix one tablespoon of said three percent bleaching agent with about two tablespoons of baking soda. This creates a paste that you can plaster like polish over your nails. Wait a couple of minutes and wash off for perfectly pearly nails.
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8) Mix your very own lipbalm
Here’s my super quick and super dirty recipe to transform any cream into a lip-loving lotion: Dump equal parts moisturiser and Vaseline jelly into a clean mixing bowl, give it a good stir, then stash the slurry into an airtight jar. Tadah! Your very own pucker-pampering treatment.
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