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Many household items do work like expensive cosmetics, lotions and creams, but most of these homemade remedies actually don’t do a thing. Some of the most common DIY beauty fixes are mentioned here and we will see whether they actually work or are just a waste.

Curing Zits with Toothpaste

Using toothpaste on your zits as a cure can be believable to a high school kid, but you should know it is a total waste of time and money. Toothpastes are not meant to be applied on zits as they contain menthol which makes the skin dry causing irritation.

For an effective homemade remedy, try Pepto-Bismol or Milk of Magnesia, both are good for spot treatment and work by drying up the oil in the skin and removing pimples. For a more straight forward approach, go for a product like Clinique’s Acne Solution Spot Healing Gel for spot treatment.

Using Cocoa Butter to Cure Stretch Marks

Does cocoa butter helps in removing stretch marks? While it is true that it can help in moisturizing your skin, however it cannot help you to get rid of stretch marks.

Studies show that cocoa butter cannot reach below the skin, so it fails since stretch marks arise below the skin’s surface. If you have stretch marks on your body then one effective way for their treatment is through a dermatologist who can do laser treatment.

Coconut Oil is Good for Hair and Skin

Use of coconut oil is not limited to the kitchen. Nowadays it is used by many manufactures in their beauty products. Coconut oil is said to work as moisturizer, hair conditioner and lip balm. So is this true?

Yes, coconut oil is being used for years as a moisturizer as it is healthy for both the hair and skin. When you plan on using coconut oil, make sure it is not before a meeting or a night out. Coconut oil is simply oil which means it is very greasy. Best time to apply it is before bed.

Applying Beer on Your Hair

This beauty trick says that if you apply beer on your hair they will become shinier and thicker. If you think about it for a minute, you might come to a conclusion that it is false.

Applying beer on your hair will only add smell to them. Beer doesn’t harm the hair, but it also doesn’t do anything for the hair as the people say it does. So applying beer on your hair is actually just a waste.

Applying Mayonnaise on Hair

It might sound a little strange, but mayonnaise is used by many celebs as hair treatment to make their hair look shiny. The main ingredient here is the oil present in the mayonnaise that helps the hair and gives it a natural shine. To apply it on your hair, first mask your hair with it then use a shopping bag to cover it. Let it stay on your hair for 20mins then wash it.

Puffy Eyes and Cucumbers

People use to believe that cucumber contains nutrients that can cure puffy, tired eyes, but this is false. Cucumbers can help your eyes by relieving swelling as they are watery and cold. This simply means that it is not any nutrient that does the trick. You can use any similar thing from your freezer and get the same results.

You can also use cold green tea bags. Placing these bags on your eyes can hide the appearance of blood vessels because of the caffeine and its natural antioxidant can cut off inflammation.

Witch Hazel Can Be Used As a Toner

It is common belief that natural ingredient works best for skin without any side effects and if you believe the same then you might have used witch hazel.  It is a plant that can be used as a toner for the skin.

Toners found in the market uses alcohol to remove moisture from the skin. Witch hazel however is a natural product which can work as a toner without causing skin irritations. It is also beneficial to apply witch hazel on minor burns and infections. Most health food stores keeps witch hazel.

Pore Size Reduction

Many products in the market guarantee to reduce your pores size, but when it comes to results they fail. Pore size is more based on genes rather than habits, so basically you have little control over it. However you can make the pores look smaller through some methods. Exfoliating regularly is one good way to improve the condition of your skin. Egg-white applied as face mask for 20mins will tighten the skin and make it dry.

Brushing For Stronger Hair

So does brushing your hair 100 times every night can make it strong and silky? No, it will not. But it can have opposite effects. Too much brushing can result in breakage or split ends. Brushing your hair and not over doing it can help in spreading oil and nutrients in your hair resulting in healthier and shiny hair.

Lemon Juice as a Toner

You might have already applied lemon juice on your hair in the past, but you might have not used it on your face. Either you use lemon juice directly or first combine it with little water, it works as a toner, clarifying facial, blackhead remover and is best for sunburn treatment. You can use it as a mask by mixing it with sugar or oatmeal. No matter how you use it, don’t let it get in your eyes.

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