For the college student, having style and looking good are absolutely essential-almost like a college course on its own. If only it didn’t cost so much to look good! Well, news flash-it doesn’t! You don’t have to break the bank to look good, and with a little more knowledge you may not even need to hit the beauty parlour at all. With everyday grocery products, you could get that glowing skin you so crave, and our tips outlined below show you exactly how. For a beauty makeover that will cost you half the money and no stress, read through our list of the top 10 beauty lifehacks for girls in college.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is nothing short of a miracle, effective for a host of beauty emergencies. Because of its antibacterial and nourishing properties, it can be used as a mouthwash, moisturizer, hair rinse, and also for sunburn relief. Have you heard that a few drops in your diet will boost weight loss? True! It does not only end there: it can be used to make a skin toner that works against scarring, acne, and discoloration. Just combine half a cup of cider with a cup of water. A lot of people adjust the ratio of the mixture according to their preferences but that has no effect on the efficacy. Use the mixture morning and night after washing your face and you should start seeing results in a week or less.
The definitive answer to facial hair, turmeric will take out those stubs once and for all. For best results you can use water or milk to create a paste. Whichever you choose, pour the liquid one teaspoon at a time to create a thick paste and apply to your lower lip. Let it rest overnight and rinse off in the morning. In a few days your facial stubble will fall clean off and stay off. If you are not comfortable with a nightly moustache there is an alternative method you can use albeit a bit slower in acting. Apply the paste twice weekly and allow it on until it dries. This method is slower but just as effective. Apart from getting rid of facial hair, there are other uses for the turmeric mask like combatting common facial problems such as acne, inflammation, discoloration and general redness. Just combine one teaspoon organic honey, one teaspoon of milk or yoghurt, one teaspoon of turmeric and let the mix lie for 20 minutes.
There is a lot more to coconuts than meets the eyes. Coconut oil, one of the coconut’s best kept secrets is a moisturizer par excellence that can be used as a lip balm, hair mask, eyelash serum, face or body moisturizer. It is also effective in sunburn relief. Use an old mascara brush to apply it over your eyelashes overnight to promote eyelash growth. For the hair mask, you can rub it directly into your wet hair, from the ears down unless you happen to have very dry locks. Allow it to settle for 20 minutes for the silkiest hair texture afterward.
Toothpaste is highly effective as a nail whitener for polish stained nails. It is also effective as an overnight spot treatment for acne. For the nails, smoothen a layer of whitening toothpaste over your nails and allow to dry for two to three minutes before taking off. Against pimples and red spots, dab toothpaste over the desired area at night. The results will leave you feeling much more confident going to class the next morning-just don’t forget to wash off.
A beauty lifehack for every college girl, cucumber is great against eye-puffiness, scarring and inflammation. For ease, cut up your cucumber into those cute circles which you expect to see in spas. Rubbing a few of these slices over stubborn areas can reduce the appearance of cellulite. What will cost you hundreds of dollars in spa treatments can be gotten in your college dorm for $2 with this miracle melon.
This sour fruit can produce some really sweet results for a college girl, and this beauty lifehack tells exactly how. Lemon juice, in conjunction with honey is a natural highlighter for hair. Lemon juice is also a nail-whitener for polish stained nails, and can be used effectively as a skin lightener for bad spray tans. For the nails, a combination of a teaspoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of baking soda, and a few drops of lemon juice will work wonders and return your stained fingernails back to normal. A sugar and lemon body scrub is effective against an unnatural orange glow. To lighten your hair, apply lemon juice and honey to troublesome areas before heading out-with consistency and a proper dose of sunshine, your hair will look lighter than ever. It is already well-established that lemon is effective against weight. Mix the juice of half a lemon in about 8 ounces of water and drink with a straw before breakfast for the best results.
If you think your nails don’t grow as fast as you would like, then this beauty lifehack is what you need. When next you are chilling in the dorm room put together a mix half a cup of tomato juice laced with two tablespoons of olive oil. Soaking your nails in this tomato-honey mixture for ten minutes, once a week, will give you stronger nail beds and cause your nails to grow longer.
Baking soda is great for lightening acne scars and also dark patches on the skin and underarm. For a baking soda face mask, combine half a teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon of water. Apply as a spot treatment to the affected area for 5 minutes. If you notice your underarms are much darker than the rest of your body, applying a mixture of baking soda and coconut oil for 5 to 10 minutes will help lighten things up.
Honey has a host of uses, but we are only interested in those that make us look good. As a college girl you can do without the dry skin, and dry hair. An effective remedy for this would be a honey face mask and a honey hair mask left in place for 20-30 minutes
Coffee is very effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite. Several great recipes for coffee body scrubs exist which you can choose from which will not make a dent in your college budget. One of the more common combinations involves coffee grounds, raw sugar and coconut oil. You can expect clearer, smoother skin when you apply this on your body during every shower.
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