Every country has a cultural quasi-beauty secret and a veritable beauty secret that you’ve probably never thought of. Luckily for you broke beauty gurus, these hacks will be cheap, cheerful and can be conveniently tried from your home.
Note: Prior to trying these hacks, please ensure you’re not allergic to any of the components.
Morocco: Argan Oil
This ingredient is one of the most prevalent of hair and beauty products. Argan oil is hankered for its hydrating properties vitamin E: which is required for healthy skin, hair and eyes. This vitamin also has powerful antioxidant properties. It’s now used across the globe for a variety of culinary, cosmetic and medicinal applications.
Oats are a lifesaver for helping sunburns heal. Oats reduces the urge to itch, and has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe irritated skin. There are two ways you can treat sunburns. For the paste, grind 1/2 cup of oats in a food processor into a fine powder, add milk and a few tablespoons of honey and apply to your skin for 20 minutes. For the tub, pour a cup of ground-up oats in a warm bath. And then, soak your full body for 20 minutes.
Italy: Olive Oil
Whilst the Italian’s are known for consuming a lot of olive oil they also use olive oil as one of their beauty hacks. They apply it on their hair to keep it smooth and shiny. By combining it with yoghurt they have found themselves a fantastic DIY hair mask.
India: Coconut Oil
We’re all aware of its moisturising properties, but it’s also known to reduce inflammation. Wait one day after your burn to set and use plain, natural coconut oil and rub it over the burned areas. Even better: You can apply some along with your sunscreen before you head outdoors for extra protection.
Women from Chile combat tired-looking skin with a 10-minute face mask made from a handful of crushed red grapes and a few tablespoons of flour. Crush grapes into a bowl of flour with the back of a spoon, being sure not to discard the antioxidant-rich skins. Mash up red grapes and mix it with white flour to create a face mask. Apply a thin coat of the mask on your face for a few minutes, then rise it off before it starts to harden. The antioxidants in red grapes help have your skin glowing.
The French believe that soaking your nails in lemon juice for 10 minutes will have your nails glistening. With this trick you can say goodbye to nail varnish stains. Lemons are loaded with alpha-hydroxy acid that brightens and lightens the fibers in your nails. To try this hack squeeze the juice of one lemon with a cup out of warm water and then place your fingers in it for 3-5 minutes.