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.