Beauty comes with no manual. Everything we know about skincare and makeup today is only because of trial and error. The world of beauty gives us the liberty to experiment and create cool new inventions. With every passing day, we learn more about our skin and the effects that certain ingredients have on it. With the lockdown still going on, we have all the time in the world to experiment.
P.S. Some of these strange but useful ingredients you already own in your kitchen!
They’re labelled ‘weird’ because you wouldn’t often associate them with beauty products. Give them a chance and we’re sure, they’ll win your heart!
Almost every home has a jello packet at home. After all, strawberry jello with fruit custard is what dreams are made of! While jello tastes yum, you have to admit that it’s pretty messy to make. The colour is so pigmented that it can easily stain your hands. Just imagine what it’ll do you to your lips!
How To Make It: In a bowl, add 1 tbsp of red jello powder. Dip a Q-tip in water and allow it to soak for a while. Now dip the Q-tip into the jello powder. You’ll notice that jello powder dissolves and all that’s left on the cotton bud is a bright, red colour. Apply it directly to your lips and we bet, it will stay on all day! Think of it as a Korean DIY lip stain.
Although it’s not visible to the naked eye, beer is packed with iron, calcium, phosphates, Vitamin B and protein. When you rinse your hair with flat beer mixed with olive oil, it’s going to tame the frizz, make your locks glossy, maintain the pH level in the scalp and add volume. While rinsing takes plenty of time, this new and weird beauty tip is gold!
How To Make It: Pour flat beer into a spray bottle. Spray some of it from root to the ends and with your fingers, just scrunch your hair. Thanks to the beer’s yeast content, the hair will instantly become fluffy and shiny!
The one thing we all miss during this lockdown is our weekend trips to the salon. With a limited stock of hair colours available in the market, most of us have no choice but to turn to DIYs. Trust us, this chamomile tea DIY is gold! Since chamomile flowers have mild bleaching properties, you can use them to highlight your locks.
How To Make It: Make yourself a warm cup of chamomile tea and bring it with you into the shower. Rinse your hair with it (you can pour all of it on your hair or just certain parts that you wish to highlight) Leave it on your hair for 15-30 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. You won’t get instant results, but if you do this 8-9 times a month, you certainly will see a difference in your hair’s colour.
Love coffee? Guess who loves coffee too? Your skin! Coffee is known to have anti-ageing properties and is also used to treat dark circles and acne. Use the coffee granules to make a cool body scrub at home.
How To Make It: In a bowl, add 1 tbsp of coffee granules and 1 tbsp of body wash (your choice) Scrub and massage the product in circular motions on your skin. Wash your skin with lukewarm water after. Finish it off by massaging your damp skin with a nice, thick body lotion.
Raw honey is all you need to get the best skin of your life. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties and sticky texture, it will do a fab job at removing dirt and makeup from the skin without drying your complexion out.
How To Make It: Scoop out some honey and apply it directly to your face. Massage all over face and neck and wash it off with lukewarm water after 5 minutes. Hello, fresh skin!
Every girl owns a lip balm and while it’s meant to heal dry and chapped lips, you can also use it to nurse your cuticles back to health! First of all, know your lip balm ingredients. Any lip balm that contains honey, beeswax, lanolin, cocoa or shea butter is good for you.
How To Make It: Use the backend of the spoon to scoop out some lip balm and then generously coat each cuticle and leave it on for 30 minutes and gently wipe it off with a warm washcloth.
Which of these will you try first? We bet all of ’em!