Beauty Advice: Cheap Quick Fixes to Common Beauty Problems

Your fridge and your medicine cabinet offer tons of quick beauty fixes—without spending a dime. Here are a few of my favorite at home beauty problem solvers.

Quick Beauty Fixes

  • Zits. Apply a small dab of toothpaste to the zit. Let it sit for no more than two minutes. Not sure exactly why this seems to work, but it does.
  • Puffy Eyes. Place two cotton balls into 1 cup of cold whole milk. Make sure the cotton balls are well saturated and place on your eyes for ten minutes.
  • Dull Skin. Use this common household product as a toner: dip one cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and sweep over skin in a circular motion. Be careful to avoid eye area. You can also dip a cotton ball in a cup of vodka and spread along skin.
  • Bad Breath. Baking soda works wonders for bad breath. Put a teaspoon on your toothbrush; add a little water and brush as usual, including tongue and gums.
  • Wrinkles. Whip one egg and spread on face. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
  • Tired Eyes. Steep two bags of green tea in 1 cup of water. Chill (make sure it is cool to touch, so you don’t burn your eyelids) and place on eyes for 15 minutes. You can also use chilled cucumbers placed on eyes for 15 minutes.
  • Wet Nails. This tip I learned from a nail technician. Dip wet nails into ice cold water for quick drying or spray with a pan oil like Pam.
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  • Blemishes. Squeeze 2 tablespoons of lemon juice onto a cotton swab and sweep over face.
  • Eyebrow Wax Pain Reliever. Apply a small amount of oral topical anesthetic like Ambesol to help reduce the pain of tweezing and waxing.
  • Dry Skin. If no lotion is available use leave on hair conditioner instead. It works miracles in a pinch. Conditioner also works well as a substitute shaving gel/cream.
  • Cellulite. Warm dry coffee grounds and work the grounds into the skin to help reduce cellulite.
  • Dry Hair. In a pinch use a little dab of skin lotion or Vaseline on hair.
  • Lipgloss. Vaseline (my favorite beauty product) is the perfect lip gloss. Line lips and then add a small covering of vaseline. You can also use it to add shine after you put on your favorite lip color.

  • Dull Hair
    . Be like the French and rinse your hair out with a cup of champagne to brighten hair color.

  • Oily Hair
    . A little baking soda sops the oil right up. Be careful not to go overboard.