Your grandmother has probably tried to recommend a variety of beauty treatments that sound pretty ridiculous. If the idea of smearing mayo into your hair sounds crazy to you, then you might be surprised to learn that many of the beauty recipes that your grandmother tried to explain to you actually work.
Take care of skin, hair, and nail problems, using natural remedies that are easy to prepare and affordable. Discover 15 surprising DIY beauty treatments that really work.
Use Vegetable Oil for Dry Nails
The first several DIY beauty treatments are focused on nail health. If you have dry, brittle nails, then try using vegetable oil to moisturize your nails. Soak your fingertips in vegetable oil and then put on a pair of cloth gloves and leave them on overnight. In the morning, rinse your hands clean.
Use Olive Oil for Healthier Nails
Similar to using vegetable oil for dry nails, you can use olive oil to improve the overall health of your nails. Olive oil will also provide moisture and could help repair damaged nail beds. Instead of soaking your nails in the oil, apply a small amount and allow it to dry naturally. Repeat this step several times, throughout the day.
Use VapoRub for Treating Nail Infections
If you have a nail infection or discover nail fungus, use Vick’s VapoRub. While this treatment has not been verified through medical research, millions of people can attest to the benefits of using VapoRub to kill fungus. The theory is that the menthol could help kill fungus or that the application of the substance could suffocate the infection.
Smear VapoRub on the infected area twice per day, until the nail fungus is gone.
Using Avocados for Healthier Everything
Avocados can be used for better nails, hair, and skin. Rub avocado oil on your cuticles to heal your cuticles. Also, if you eat avocado on a regular basis, you may notice shinier hair, better skin, and stronger nails.
Use Coconut Oil to Moisturize Your Body
Many dermatologists recommend that their patients use coconut oil to help moisturize their skin. In fact, almost any region where coconuts are natively grown, coconut oil has been used for medicinal purposes, including skin treatments. Coconut oil contains fatty acids that can help repair your skin, keep your skin hydrated, and fight inflammation.
To use coconut oil for a body moisturizer, simply melt several tablespoons of the oil and wait for it cool. Apply it to your body and massage into your skin.
Create a Grape Skin Paste for Healthier Skin
Grapes contain a large amount of vitamins A, B6, and C, along with minerals, such as flavonoids, magnesium, potassium, and selenium. These nutrients can work as antioxidants and eliminate harmful toxins from your skin.
Use Lemon Juice and Sugar to Exfoliate Your Skin
Sugar can act as an exfoliator, while the lemon juice can help to remove dead skin cells. Lemon juice contains alpha-hydroxy acid, which is often used in anti-aging treatments. Exfoliating dead skin from your body is important, especially as you age. As you get older, your skin does not eliminate dead skin cells as easily.
Use Agua Mara Villa to Fight Acne
You may not have heard of Agua Mara Villa, at least by that name. It is also known as witch hazel. This powerful oil contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and astringent properties. Use witch hazel to help fight acne and kill blemishes. It can be combined with other beneficial ingredients, such as coconut oil, to make it easier to apply to your skin.
Beach Sand Can Exfoliate Your Skin
Another method of exfoliating your skin is provided by beach sand; though, you should only use it to exfoliate tough areas, such as your feet, as the sand is highly abrasive. Rubbing the sand on your face could damage your more fragile skin.
Wash Your Hair with Coca-Cola
This is definitely one of the craziest sounding beauty treatments in this list. Washing your hair with Coca-Cola can help add more shine to your hair. It has a high acidic content, which can close your hair cuticles, making your hair look shiny and healthy. Keep in mind that this could also leave your hair sticky. A simpler solution is to use apple cider vinegar for the same purpose.
Lighten Your Hair with Manzanilla Grisi
A product that is commonly sold in Mexico and South America, Manzanilla Grisi is a shampoo that can actually lighten your hair. Even though it was created as a regular shampoo, many people claim that it has helped them lighten their hair or maintain a tone after using a hair dye.
Condition Your Hair with Honey
Honey contains properties that can help moisturize your skin, nails, and hair. Use honey as a hair conditioner to hydrate your locks. It also contains beneficial enzymes that can promote a healthier scalp, preventing dandruff, while increasing the health of your hair follicles, for fuller, healthier hair.
Condition Your Hair with Mayo
If you do not have any honey in your kitchen, grab some mayonnaise. Mayo can hydrate your hair, while adding additional oils. This is a beneficial treatment for those that have dry, brittle hair. Use this treatment twice per week, applying the mayo as a conditioner after washing your hair.
Use Duct Tape to Remove Warts
This is a beauty treatment that many people assume is a myth. It turns out that duct tape really can help to remove warts. One study even suggests that duct tape can be more useful for removing warts than using liquid nitrogen. To use duct tape to remove a wart, cut a piece of duct tape that is large enough to cover the wart. Apply the tape to your skin and leave in place. Every couple of days, remove the tape and exfoliate your skin around the wart and wash the area.
Use Oatmeal to Treat Eczema
Eczema causes major skin irritation, including sections of dry, cracked skin. Soak yourself in an oatmeal bath to gain relief from your eczema symptoms. Add a cup of oatmeal to your bath water and soak for at least fifteen minutes. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve pain from your irritated skin.
As crazy as some of these treatments sound, they really do work. The next time your grandma recommends that you put honey in your hair or tells you to soak your nails in vegetable oil, listen to her – she knows what she is talking about.
These surprising DIY beauty treatments actually work, so give them a try and pay more attention to the wisdom of your elders.