Little fun fact about me: I love DIY; and this includes beauty products as well. I love buying beauty products as much as the next girl (hello Body Shop), but sometimes it can be a little taxing on the bank account. Cue my excitement when I found a whole list of new beauty hacks to try out… the only problem is that not all beauty hacks are created equal. So, here are my favourite beauty hacks, which ones work, and which to avoid.
Conditioner as shaving foam
The verdict: Avoid
So as the theory goes, if you’ve run out of shaving foam and you’re in a pinch, you should be able to substitute it with conditioner (for your hair, yes, you did read that correctly). Honestly, the only reason that I’m glad I tried this hack is now I know to never do it again.
There was so much razor-burn and itching involved in this DIY beauty hack that I was scared to touch a razor again for a couple days. Hey, maybe your skin’s a little more tolerant, and this could work for you, but you have been warned.
Honey, coconut and cinnamon hair mask
The verdict: Avoid at all cost
This DIY beauty hack actually annoyed me more than anything else. The hack includes blending warm coconut oil, honey and cinnamon, and applying it to your hair as a mask. Ideally, you’re supposed to leave this in your hair for up to half an hour to gain maximum benefit, but I battled to even apply it.
The whole experiment was a sticky struggle of epic proportion: the honey didn’t blend properly with the oil, and it took almost an hour and three washes to get everything out of my hair. That’s not to mention the mess it left in the sink.
Oatmeal, yogurt and honey face-mask
The verdict: Not too bad
Great as a breakfast idea, this hack also has all the ingredients of a pretty useful facemask. Useful for oily and combination skin types, the oatmeal is great for irritated and itchy skin, the honey locks moisture into the skin, and the yogurt aids with fighting acne and skin exfoliation.
It does feel a lot like you’re wearing a bowl of oats on your face, though, and will probably leave you hungry even after you’ve washed it off with warm water.
Egg White face-mask
The verdict: On the fence
The theory here is that a mask of egg whites and lemon juice is supposed to help tighten and tone your skin. Now maybe this mask has to be applied a couple times over an extended period to produce a visual effect, but it did cause slight itching as the mask dried, as well as feeling of tightness once the mask was removed. All in all, we’re still a little uncertain about this.
As a side note, the smell of raw egg on your face is a little unappealing.
Tea Bags for red itchy eyes
The verdict: I’m a fan
I was a kid who suffered from a lot of allergies, and as a (semi) adult, this hasn’t changed much. Luckily, I grew up in a household where my mom struggled with the same thing, so I got this DIY beauty hack from her.
I prefer rooibos tea bags, but chamomile, lavender and green tea can also work, thanks to their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. The process is pretty simple. Instead of throwing the tea bags away after making a cup of tea, simply wait until they are suitably cooled and apply them to your itchy eyes. Works like a charm.
The verdict: Love it
Okay, my ultimate go-to body scrub is the Moringa scrub from the Body Shop, but using a blend of brown sugar and either olive or coconut oil works just as well, and helps a little with the cash situation.
I really love how effective this scrub is; the sugar exfoliates like a dream and the oil leaves your skin feeling soft and silky. Combine this with a proper shaving foam and good razor on your next shaving day, and you’re in for a real treat. Just remember that oil leaves surfaces slippery.
There you have it: the good, the bad and the ugly of DIY beauty hacks. They make for a pretty eventful girls’ night, I’m not going to lie, and I have two pretty amazing gal pals who weighed in with their opinions on the subject.