Celebrities do not always use high-end products. In fact, sometimes they use DIY hacks that cost less than a Starbucks drink. And sometimes those hacks are clever…or just straight up bizarre. Here is a list of the weirdest skincare hacks out there in case you are curious—try them at your own risk.
Washing your face with olive oil
If you have ever wondered if cooking oil can be used as face wash, wonder no more. Chloë Grace Moretz says that washing her face with olive oil does wonders for her cystic acne. “I swear my skin is so much clearer because of it,” she told Allure. However, we would not recommend using it as everyone has different skin types, so what works for her might actually break you out. Instead, try Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil ($24.99), as it is formulated to use during skin’s flare-ups due to eczema and dermatitis.
Dunking your face in cold water
To set her makeup, supermodel Bella Hadid dunks her face in cold water for 10 seconds. This Korean beauty hack involves submerging your fully made-up face in a bowl of cold water to “seal it.” While it looks effective, that seems like a lot of work to do every day, so we recommend using Jane Iredale Balance Hydration Spray ($25.99) as a way more effective alternative. This setting spray not only hydrates the skin, but also calms down acne-prone skin since it is formulated with green tea extract.
Exfoliating with cat litter
This one is probably the weirdest hack on this list, but Snooki likes to mix cat litter with water to get rid of dead skin cells. The self-proclaimed “cheapo” does not like to spend a lot of money on spa treatments so she found on Google that cat litter does the trick. However, Rebecca O’Sullivan, an esthetician at Chicago’s Sine Qua Non Salon, does not advice putting cat litter on the face because it is a known neurotoxin for humans and can tear the skin. Save yourself the trouble and opt for Dermalogica’s Age Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant ($40.99) instead. This skin polisher sloughs off dead skin instantly without damaging your skin thanks to its advanced technology ingredients.
Applying hemorrhoid cream under your eyes
The secret to Kim Kardashian’s bright undereye is not an expensive eye cream, but actually a hemorrhoid cream! Her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, says he uses Preparation H. to reduce the appearance of wrinkles underneath her eyes. The ingredients in the cream really do help to tighten the skin temporarily by constricting the blood vessels, but if used too often can dry out the skin. Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream ($39.99) is a safer, and way more powerful product, as it contains a potent concentration of retinol complex that visibly tightens skin and dimishes signs of aging.
Moisturzing your lips with a nipple repair cream
Margot Robbie believes lip balm contains additives that dry out your lips, so instead she uses Bepanthen, a nipple repair cream for breastfeeding mothers. Some lip balms actually do contain dehydrating ingredients like phenol and menthol, but Avene’s Cold Cream Lip Balm ($11.99) does not. It is an ultra-hydrating lip balm formulated with vitamins E and F to help relieve chapped lips in an instant.