Did you know that food is great for beauty? Not only from the inside out, because you certainly are what you eat. But also, from the surface! Here are some of the weirdest, yet most effective, food beauty hacks out there.
Yes, these berries are delicious, in all the forms. But you can also use them as a food beauty hack. How? Well, you use them on your teeth! I know, this doesn’t sound legit, especially on account of the fact that strawberries stain almost everything with their juice. But not your teeth! Even Hollywood stars like Halle Berry have been using this hack for years. And weird as it is, this is how you do it. Take your strawberries and cut off the ends, including the stems and the white part. Next, dice your strawberries into very small pieces. Lastly, smash them with a fork and add in some baking soda, and they will be ready. All you have to do is spread the smashed berries onto your teeth. Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse off, it’s that easy! The enzymes will lift and remove stains from your teeth.
Have you ever gotten egg white on the floor or table and then tried to wipe it up? Not only does it stick to everything, it also spreads better than it absorbs and as such, is very difficult to wipe up. But when it dries? Well, forget trying to clean it up! It becomes hard, caked on, and almost impossible to clean up, without getting it wet first anyhow. So that means it’s also great at sticking to other things, and this is where the food beauty hack comes in. You can use egg whites on your face, and you should really try it. Take egg whites only and scramble them for the most even and consistent consistency. You can use paper towel strips, dip them into the egg whites, and use them across the bridge of your nose as pore strips. Lay the strip on your nose and let it dry. Completely peel it off and with it will come the blackheads. You can use it as a spot treatment, too, anywhere on your face you like.
If you’re a little hairy and you don’t like to shave (because who does,) then this is a waxing trick you must try. Use lemon juice and add sugar and water to it. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan on the stove, mixing constantly so the mixture becomes incorporated. Make sure to test the temperature so you don’t burn yourself, but also know that the mixture is much easier to spread and use the warmer it is. Spread the “wax” in small sections and let dry. Once the wax is dry and cooled, pull it off, quickly, in the opposite direction of the hair. Poof! Hair be gone.
Do you have cellulite? The truth is, almost all of us do. It doesn’t matter if you’re overweight, thin, skinny fat, or even very fit, cellulite can happen to anyone. So if you have it already, here is a way to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of it. Mix coffee grounds, brown sugar, and olive oil together. You want a moist but not overly wet consistency. From there, rub the mixture into your skin. Remove the excess with a clean towel. The caffeine in the mixture along with the exfoliating of the sugar and the binding of the oil helps to tighten the skin. It will appear smoother and you will see less of the cellulite.
Yum, tea. And also, it can help your skin? Yes! Wet a tea bag and use it as a compress for a bruise on your skin. The tannins in the tea will help reduce the color and intensity of the bruise. Teabags also help lesson the pain, time of healing, and severity of a cold sore. Trust me, this is something I have done and it does help! Use warm water for this. Dip the tea bags and (with a paper towel so you don’t make a mess on yourself,) hold the tea bag against your cold sore. Do this for 10 minutes, 3-4 times a day. And good luck, there is literally nothing worse on the earth than cold sores.
If you have peely skin on your ankles and feet, all you need is bananas. So, this is what you do. Take several bananas and smash them within a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Make sure the banana is very smashed and not just in clumps. Now, stick your foot in the bag. Yes, really. Stick your whole foot in the bag. Keep it in there for 15-20 minutes before removing. Then, remove your foot from the bag and wipe the banana off with a towel. The potassium will help remove the dead and peeling skin and the excess banana will wipe off right with it. You will have smooth and healthy looking feet skin in no time.
Which of these weird food beauty hacks will you try next? Or for that matter, which of them would you never try?