Most women of the world worry about their appearance and always want to look perfect. The beauty industry is evolving rapidly but most products are expensive and, most of the time, cosmetic procedures turn out to cost an arm and a leg. The good news is that we can always replace them with budget lifehacks that are often more effective than pricey cosmetic items and salon procedures.

Bright Side collected 15 recommendations for you that can be used in almost in any life situation. They will help you fight issues you might have with your appearance and astonish everyone with your beauty.

Juicy pink lips

It’s not necessary to buy expensive lip scrubs and medicated lip balms in order to save cracked and dry lips. You can make your own effective remedy.

You’ll need:

  • toothpaste
  • honey

Do the following to help make your lips soft: scrub your lips with the help of a toothbrush and a mixture of toothpaste and honey for 3-5 minutes. Your movements should be soft and light. Additionally, you can watch how you can make your own lip balm here.

Clean skin without blackheads

Say goodbye to those annoying blackheads by cleansing your skin with the help of a simple home mask. It’s easy to make from ingredients that are available in any kitchen.

You will need:

  • one small pack of powdered gelatin (it should be odorless because aromatized gelatin can color the skin)
  • several teaspoons of milk

Mix the ingredients, heat them up in the microwave for 10 seconds, and apply to the problematic zone for 15 minutes. You can learn more about the right proportions and the process in general here.

Long and thick lashes

Coconut oil has amazing properties which is why it’s widely used in many cosmetic items and is one of the most popular products in the beauty industry.

You will need:

  • coconut oil
  • aloe vera gel

Coconut oil contains vitamin E, minerals, and other nutrients that help stimulate the growth of eyelashes by penetrating into the follicles. The combination of this oil and aloe vera gel will help to improve the growth efficiency and help make your eyelashes long and thick. You can read more about how this mixture should be used here.

Beautiful body without stretch marks

Many men say that stretch marks don’t scare them off, but women don’t feel comfortable having this imperfection which is why they always try to get rid of it.

You will need:

  • a medium-sized potato
  • gauze

It’s a well-known fact that potatoes contain starch that has softening and soothing properties. They also have antioxidants that prevent and slow down the process of cell damage and are of the best preventive agents used to fight skin damage. Peel the potato, chop it, put it into gauze, and use it as a compress on problematic areas. There is another lazy method that you can learn here.

Instantly fresh hair

The reason for the effectiveness of dry shampoos is that they contain substances that absorb excess oil, which makes the hair look dirty. If you want to create your own dry shampoo without using any suspicious chemical substances, you can use the following recipe that’s suitable for both light and dark hair.

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder (for dark hair)

Mix the ingredients, apply to the hair with the help of a brush, and leave the mixture on for 30 minutes. Don’t rub it into the scalp, as it could cause itchiness. You can read more detailed instructions here.

Emergency recovery of a broken nail

Every girl worries about the condition of her nails and manicures them to look neat and well-groomed. Unfortunately, no one is insured against the fact that a nail can break at the most inconvenient moment.

You will need:

  • teabags
  • base coat nail polish
  • regular nail polish
  • top coat nail polish

Using a teabag, cut out a piece similar in size to the break you are going to fix. This will help to strengthen the construction which will be made of several layers of nail polish and allow your nail to look great until the next visit to your manicurist. You can find the details of this solution here.

It’s worth noting that if you don’t have gel polish and a special lamp in your cosmetic bag, you can perform this trick with the help of ordinary nail polish. The principle will be the same — many layers of nail polish. The only disadvantage is that this method requires more time because you need to wait until every layer dries well.

Fighting dry and cracked heels

If you have encountered the problem of dry, cracked heels there is a simple solution that only requires a lemon and moisturizing cream.

You will need:

  • one large lemon
  • moisturizing cream

You need to cut the lemon, put it on your heel, and cover it with a sock. The moisturizing cream will help to seal the results of the procedure. You can find the details here.

Long and thick hair

Despite the numerous amount of hairstyles, long and thick hair is still considered to be one of the main attributes of femininity and beauty. But due to stress, emotional pressure, and a polluted environment, almost every girl’s hair becomes thinner, more dull, and starts to fall out.

You will need:

  • 4–5 onions
  • water

In order to get back to thick, gorgeous hair, you can prepare a special rinse made of onion and water. You don’t need any special skills or equipment for this and 2 procedures per week will give you great results. You can read the full recipe here.

Removing extra hair

Excessive hair growth in women is associated with an increased level of testosterone. Laser epilation is one option you can use to get rid of this, but it’s an expensive procedure. There are more budget-friendly methods that are also as effective. For example, Indian women remove unwanted hair with the help of a spice.

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp of turmeric
  • latex gloves

Mix turmeric and water and apply the paste to the areas where you want to remove the hair. After several sessions, hair starts to become thinner and then disappear completely. You can read more about the efficiency of this spice here.

Smooth and young looking facial skin

It is believed that grapes have anti-aging properties — they are rich in chemical compounds that help to fight wrinkles, restore the skin’s elasticity, cure skin damage, and provide deep nutrition.

You will need:

  • grapes
  • olive oil

This mask will moisturize your skin and decrease the amount and the depth of wrinkles. Remove both the peel and the seeds from grapes and blend them into a mush. Mix 2 tbsp of this paste with 1 tsp of olive oil. Apply the mask to your face and neck with massaging movements and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. Then rinse it with lukewarm water. You can read more information about the rejuvenating properties of grapes and recipes for other masks here.

Healthy hair without split ends

Gelatin can penetrate into the damaged parts of hair, restore it by retaining the necessary moisture, bring back the shine, and make it stronger. That’s why a gelatin mask can easily replace laminating.

You will need:

  • 1 tbsp of gelatin
  • 2 tsp of hair balm
  • burdock/castor oil (optional)

Gelatin should be mixed with 4 tbsp of lukewarm water and heated in a water bath until dissolved. After that the hair balm and oil should be added to it. This mixture should be applied to wet hair and covered with plastic wrap and a towel for 30 minutes. If you have time, you can warm up the wrapped head with a hair dryer for better results. You should do this mask no more than once a week. You can read more detailed instructions and other useful information here.

Brightening dark circles under the eyes

Circles under the eyes are not as big a problem as they might seem at first glance. There are many methods that can be used to fight this imperfection, including home-made ones.

You will need:

  • any tea in bags

Brew the tea bags and leave them overnight to cool down. In the morning, apply them to your eyes for 10-15 minutes. Tea reduces swelling and relieves inflammation which makes it one of the more effective and quickest methods to fight this problem. But don’t keep the tea bags on your eyes longer than the indicated time so you don’t over dry the skin. There are many other effective methods for lightening dark under eye circles that are described here.

Remedy for hair loss

Hair loss can happen due to factors like stress, malnutrition, lack of sleep, and temperature changes. We advise you to use an at-home mask to help regenerate and stimulate the hair growth in order to keep your hair beautiful and thick.

You will need:

  • one ripe avocado
  • one egg yolk

Dedicate one hour of your free time to this method several times a week and you’ll forget about the problem of hair loss. It’s easy to make this mask — just blend an avocado so that it becomes a paste, add a raw egg yolk, and mix with avocado paste so that you get a homogeneous mixture. You can read the details on how to apply the mask here.

Even out the tone of your face

Evening out the tone of your face, especially in the case of an emergency, is a complicated procedure but still possible to do. It requires cosmetics you can buy at any drugstore.

You will need:

  • green concealer
  • orange concealer
  • makeup foundation

You will need the concealers to even the skin tone. Orange concealer should be used for dark circles and the area around the eyes. Green concealer helps to hide blemishes and redness. Apply the concealers, cover them with makeup foundation, and finish with your daily makeup. You can watch more detailed instructions on how to apply the concealers here.

Final recommendation — why you shouldn’t use a rose-shaped bath sponge

Rose-shaped bath sponges are small, convenient to use, and dry quickly. All of these features convince many people to choose this type of sponge. But dermatologists are sure that these sponges are bad for our health because dead skin cells get stuck in the inner layers of the sponge after you use it provoking the reproduction of microbes. Taking into account that the humidity level in bathrooms is quite high, mold can even appear on these sponges. So in order to avoid blemishes and more serious skin inflammations, it’s better to replace those rose-shaped sponges with other types like foam rubber or polyethylene, that can be washed better and easier.

Are you aware of any other home-made remedies that can replace costly procedures? Please share them with us in the comments!

Source : Brightside