Wacky Beauty Tips And Regimen Turn Out To Be True

By Sheryl Eleazar | Last Updated April 19, 2013

Many of us follow some beauty tips and regimen that help us look good. Apparently, there are some weird and unusual things that can also be used to achieve beautiful hair and skin. Wacky though they may be, they can effectively give great results.

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A girl lying on a spa bed and getting a facial mask

… But beauty is an essential quality in all life – many have called it a divine quality… 1  

Beauty is highly regarded in our society. Our appreciation and understanding of beauty draws us to life. It compels us and stirs our desires to acquire it. With beauty, it’s as if we can achieve all things in life. It makes us feel more confident, more secure.

Some people follow traditional steps and ways to obtain beauty, but there are also those who follow some beauty tips that are wacky and weird. Below are some beauty regimens most people will find weird, but are actually effective in attaining beautiful results.

Bird Droppings

Made popular by Victoria Beckham, the bird poop facial now has a new fan — Tom Cruise. The actor reportedly indulges in the $180 a pop beauty regime composed of powdered nightingale droppings and other natural ingredients like rice bran. 2  

Bird poop, particularly nightingale droppings, is actually the traditional beauty secret of Japanese Geisha. Even popular celebrities use this so-called Geisha facial. However, do not get too excited to collecting bird dropping and applying them directly on your face.  Powdered nightingale droppings actually undergo certain processes before they can be safely applied on the skin.  In Japan, there nightingale farms that specifically work on poop harvesting.  Birds here are fed with organic seeds. Their droppings are collected from the bird cages and then sanitized with ultraviolet light.  A dehydrator is used to dry out the droppings and then ground to create very fine powder. Companies buy these powdered poops where they are combined with other substances like rice bran. To use in a facial treatment, the powder is mixed with water to make a paste; massaged on the face for several minutes before rinsing. Those who have tried this facial admit that the feeling is similar to getting a chemical peel, yet with no burning or redness. Their skin felt moist, soft and clean. Droppings of nightingale have high amounts of urea (rich in nitrogen) and guanine (amino acid). Urea is said to enable the skin to hold moisture while guanine provides a shimmering effect on skin.

Dryer Sheet

Using a fresh dryer sheet on your hair will smooth out flyaways 3  

All of us have probably experienced bad hair days; days when it seems as if our hair is not even a part of our bodies. We know we have shampooed, conditioned and styled our hair the same way we do each day yet some of the strands seemingly have a mind of their own.  For such days when hair needs taming due to hair static, simply go to your laundry room and get some dryer sheets.  Frizzy hair results from lack of oil glands.  Using dryer sheets (or static spray removal) can help neutralize the negative charges present in your hair strands, just as it works on laundry static. Simply get a dryer sheet and carefully smooth onto your strands.  Remember, though, that the fix is only temporary so it will be a smart idea to keep a couple of dryer sheets in your bag or purse, especially during winter-dry days.

  • Girl 1: It usually takes me hours admiring my beauty in front of a mirror. Is that vanity?

Girl 2: It’s not vanity, it’s imagination!

  • Girl 1: Oh, gosh! You look quite pretty.

Girl 2: Thanks!

Girl 1: It probably took you ages!

  • Funny quote: “Beauty comes from within; within bottles, tubes, compacts and jars.”

Aspirin

To help relieve dandruff, add 30 plain Aspirin tablets to a full bottle of your regular shampoo. Apply and rinse as usual. 4  

Aspirin has the generic name of acetylsalicylic acid and is frequently used as medication for minor pains, fever and inflammation. Thus, you might be surprised to know that it also offers a specific beauty benefit: to treat dandruff. The medical term for dandruff is sebhorreic dermatitis and it is manifested by white flaky dead skin that has shed from your scalp.  It can be caused by several factors like sensitivity to some products, frequent/infrequent shampooing, psoriasis and eczema.  You can buy medicated shampoo for treating dandruff or you may simply make your homemade treatment using Aspirin.  Just crush (using back of a spoon or a pill grinder) your Aspirin tablets and mix the powder with your favorite shampoo. The salicylites in Aspirin are the same as the active ingredient in medicated shampoos with salicylic acid.

Honey

Honey’s ability to absorb and retain moisture make it an ideal ingredient in a lot of cosmetics as it helps keep skin hydrated and fresh and prevents drying. 5  

Honey is the perfect sweetener, a healthier alternative to sugar. It is the only food that does not get spoiled. In fact, archaeologists have excavated ancient Egyptian tombs and found old jars containing 2000 year old honey that are still edible. These ancient people were said to have used honey to nourish skin. Queen Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt, is known for her great beauty. Her beauty regimen includes honey.  But you don’t have to be a queen to also enjoy the beauty benefits of honey. It can heal your cold sores and cracked lips because of its ability to hydrate dry skin. Make your skin radiant, smooth and young-looking by regularly applying milk and honey. Honey is an antioxidant with antimicrobial properties that protects skin from possible damages due to sun exposure. It can also lift skin impurities and cleanse the skin.

Chocolate

Eating for beauty doesn’t mean a lifetime sentence of salad (although leafy greens do wonders for your looks!). Indulge in the ultimate treat—chocolate—and reap some pretty major beauty and health rewards while you’re at it. 6  

Who does not love chocolates? Indeed, chocolate is probably one of the favorite desserts of everyone.  Yet, some chocolates are not only good in satisfying your sweet tooth, they also offer benefits for the skin.  Dark chocolate, specifically contain a minimum of 70% cocoa. When you eat dark chocolate, you feel better because it enhances the production of neuro-transmitters that improve your mood. In essence, eating chocolate also helps lower your stress, the number one cause of skin and beauty problems. As stress hormones are reduced by cocoa, you get fewer wrinkles because of fewer collagen breakdown.  Chocolate also contains the antioxidant flavonol that protects skin from ultraviolet damage, fights free radicals and increases blood circulation. If you are not in the mood to eat chocolate, you simply melt it and apply on your face, leave for about five minutes then rinse well.

Photo credit:
Facial Mask by Sérgio (Savaman) Savarese (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons



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