3 Weird Beauty Hacks That Work

Convenience is everything these days—and that means we’re all jumping aboard the bandwagon when it comes to crazy-but-true beauty hacks that may not exactly be typical, but definitely work. It’s not so much that they’re impossible to try, but they just aren’t solutions you’d think to try at first. From using anti-chafe gel as a makeup primer (yes, really) to rubbing potatoes for fading scars, there are many bizarre beauty tips out there that actually work. Here are three of them—plus three products you can use instead if you’re a little too squeamish for the weirdness.

 

1. Anti-Chafing Makeup Primer

We’re still not sure about this one—but there are tons of women who swear on their beauty collections that it works. Many swear by Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel for its priming purposes. One of its primary ingredients is dimethicone, which is included in many makeup primers. At a fraction of the price of big-name brands, it helps makeup stay put all day long. If you’re a little uneasy about using it, though, you can always snag a bottle of bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer ($20.99). It contains vitamins C and E, both of which help leave skin radiant and soft.

2. Potato Scar Treatment

Odd but true: potatoes might help clear up unsightly skin imperfections, such as acne scars and dark spots. If you use it, be sure to slice the potato thinly and apply it to your skin in small sections to be sure that you don’t suffer a negative reaction. The potato’s natural moisture is thought to have natural mild bleaching properties. Of course, not everyone wants to rub a vegetable on their face. In that case, give SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel ($26.99) a try—it’s infused with exfoliating lactic acid and wound-fighting centella asiatica.

 

3. Beer Rinse

Not quite a new concept, rinsing hair with beer is one of those age-old tricks to which many women attribute their shiny manes. Along with the glistening finish, you might even notice that the beer helps repair damage and rebuild hair that’s been weakened due to heat or environmental stress. But if you don’t want malt and hops in the shower, try nuts instead. Applying Macadamia Moisturizing Rinse ($16.99) to your strands for at least a minute helps moisturize, detangle, shine, and nourish even the most delicate, dehydrated hair. And it smells great, too.

Why You Need Some Acid in Your Life

Your skin care routine may be on point, but you can elevate it even more by adding acid to the mix. Although you might worry about the possibility of irritation, the newest breed of acid-based skin products are designed to treat your skin without causing discomfort. Here’s what you need to know—and what to try.

It Combats Aging

 If your goal is to stave off the early signs of aging, it’s important to get a head start with a product that is specifically designed to target those fine lines and wrinkles. Look for something injected with hyaluronic acid, a potent ingredient that rebalances your body’s collagen levels as those naturally decline with age. The acid helps boost your ability to synthesize collagen and moisturizes your skin at the same time. It’s a double whammy that spells serious success for tired looking, aging skin.

Karin Herzog E&R Anti-Aging Corrector Serum ($89.99) not only looks gorgeous in its gold-encased bottle, but also provides your skin with a hyper-concentrated infusion of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and vitamin B3. A touch of chamomile soothes while the concoction penetrates deeply to reveal smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.

It Brightens Skin

A sallow complexion is easy to revive with some makeup, but if you want to get to the root of the matter you need to focus on your skin care products. Glycolic acid is a natural exfoliating agent that sloughs away dead skin cells on the surface layer of your skin. The result is fresh, healthy, vibrant skin that also appears to youthfully glow, thanks to the acid’s ability to stimulate the production of both collagen and elastin.

And since you likely hydrate your skin every day anyway, it’s worth switching to Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Glow Moisture ($42), a deeply moisturizing lotion that contains both glycolic and lactic acids. The combination works to improve the cell renewal process while smoothing rough spots. It also contains vitamin D and microencapsulated DHA, which lend your skin a golden glow over time.

It Heals Damage

Glycolic acid does more than just exfoliate—it also has the potential to heal skin abnormalities without causing irritation. The key is in its size. Glycolic is the smallest possible type of hydroxy acid, which means it’s easy to add to virtually all types of skin care formulations. As it penetrates the skin’s outermost layer, it works to eliminate issues such as dryness, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars.

If you’re concerned about the prevalence of these issues, a product like Glo Therapeutics 10% Glycolic Cleanser ($40.99) works wonders. In addition to the acid, it also has anti-inflammatory aloe vera, soothing Canadian willowherb extract, and green tea leaf extract, a potent antioxidant that combats the harmful effects of free radicals

Beauty Sleep 101: Products to Help You Snooze Better

New year, new you! If you’ve vowed to get more sleep this year, you aren’t alone—and you probably need all the help that you can get, too. At TheBeautyPlace.com, we believe that improving sleep is one of the best enhancements you can make to your beauty routine. You’ll feel better, your skin will look better, and you’ll be far more motivated to handle everything life throws your way. Here are some tips for getting the beauty sleep of your life—plus a few of our favorite products to help you get there.

First things first: the technology has got to go. While they’re some of our world’s greatest advancements, those tables and smartphones just don’t belong in bed with you. Our suggestion? Pick up an actual book and make a commitment to read a chapter or two each night. It will give you something to anticipate, and it’s much more likely to lull you off into dreamland. Studies show, in fact, that looking at a bright screen for longer than an hour can make you more alert, precisely at a time when you should be ready to wind down for the day.

Soothe your senses by massaging an aromatic moisturizer into your skin. Gently manipulating your skin is an easy way to relax your mind and body, while a soft scent calms your nerves. Try John Masters Organics Blood Orange and Vanilla Body Milk ($16.99)—the light vanilla is warm, while the citrus notes add some radiance to the milky notes.

Your skin does the majority of its work overnight, so if another resolution is to achieve a clearer complexion you may want to invest in a nourishing treatment like Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Sleeping Mask ($40.99). It’s infused with smoothing collagen, brightening vitamin C, and illuminating camu berries, all of which work together to reveal more brilliant skin by morning.

Lighting a candle while you sleep isn’t a good idea, but a NEST Fragrances Reed Diffuser ($41.99) will fill your bedroom with a potent fragrance that will easily relax frayed nerves and soothe your senses. The Vanilla Orchid and Almond scent is a particularly good choice for overnight, when warm nutty notes combine with coconut milk, vanilla, and amber to help you get a great night’s sleep.

Sometimes it’s hard to sleep no matter what you do. In many cases, the best solution is to create a blackout so that your eyes don’t have to deal with any niggling light. The London Bath & Beauty Printed Sleep Mask ($3.99) is a cute and economical solution that slips on easily. It’s made from soft satin and feels perfect against the skin.

The Art of Gorgeous Hands

Winter equates to dry skin for many of us, which means it’s more important than ever to take care of those cracked knuckles before the problem becomes worse. Here’s how to make sure your hands stay gorgeous and soft even in single-digit temps.

First things first…you need to moisturize. It’s fairly easy to get into this habit as temperatures drop because your hands severely suffer if you don’t. Dry air has a tendency to really wreak havoc on the skin, and if left alone your hands will start to feel dehydrated and itchy. They may even start to crack or peel. Avoid that whole scenario by investing in a high-quality product like Avene Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream ($10.99), a rich moisturizer that sinks right in without leaving skin greasy or oily. It works continuously even after you wash your hands, and is designed to stand up to even the most brutally cold weather. Now that’s a superstar.

In addition to your hands, you might notice that your fingernails tend to dry out in the cold, too. Lack of moisture in the air aggravates the problem if your nails are already brittle, but even people with normally smooth nails may notice a change if they don’t show them some TLC during winter. Buffing Tweezerman’s Dual Nail Brush ($6.89) over nails helps slough away those dry bits and reveals cleaner, smoother nails. And thanks to the ergonomic handle and oval shape, it’s easy to use and never gets tiresome.

Sometimes rough skin needs a little extra attention. A nourishing body scrub infused with natural sugars is a great way to slough away dead skin and reveal the fresh, new skin underneath. We love John Masters Organics Raspberry and Orange Body Scrub ($16.99), which gently eliminates dry spots while infusing skin with hydrating and healing oils that both brighten the skin (a must when your hands start to look a little dull in the winter) and leave them softer for longer.

After scrubbing, use a gentle hand soap that isn’t loaded with harsh detergents—those are a surefire way to dry out your skin even more. Check out NEST Fragrances Grapefruit Liquid Soap ($20.99), a light and nourishing product that leaves hands soft and smooth. It also infuses delicate hand skin with healing antioxidants that combat the harsh effects of nature’s free radicals, which can contribute to the early signs of aging. The scent is perfectly bright and uplifting for the season, too!

If your hands are in truly dire condition, you’ll need to kick your hand care game up a notch. A pair of Bliss Glamour Gloves ($32.99) works overtime to deliver intensive moisture to your hands. They’re made with grapeseed and ceramide gel, which deliver instant hydration. Although you can wear them for the recommended 20 minutes, you’ll reap greater rewards if you leave them on for longer—maybe while binge watching your favorite TV show or even while taking a nap. They’re perfect for maintaining your skin during the winter.

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