When you’re really young, the last person you were likely to take beauty advice from was the oldest person in your life. Your inexperienced brain thought, what would she know? She’s had a granny blue rinse and has plenty of wrinkles. Yet today, I’m telling you why you should always listen to the beauty tips your granny gives you. Turns out she really does know best about everything and anything, so we bow down and admit the 11 beauty times they were spot on!
#1 Irish Favourite
Use potatoes to cure dark circles. Nothing could be more hilariously Irish than this, but it does work! Wash and slice the potato and place two slices under your eyes for 15-20 minutes. Not only is the starch an anti-inflammatory, but potatoes contain natural lightening ingredients.
#2 My Honey
Honey can be used as a skin mask treatment or a hair conditioner, as it has antibacterial healing properties as well as deeply nourishing, moisturizing ones. This makes it rather unique in that it suits both extreme ends of the spectrum skin and hair texture wise, and everyone in between. So whether you are suffering from dry skin or oily, acne prone skin, this will help you. Both dry coarse hair and limp, thin hair could use honey to boost the condition of their hair without leaving it feeling weighed down.
#3 Lighten Up
Use lemon as a lightener for acne marks and to cure blemishes as it is packed with Vitamin C, an acid which will exfoliate the damaged skin away and prevent further hyper pigmentation.
#4 Rosey Beauty
Use rose petals and water as a natural skin toner. Unlike the majority of toners on the market which are packed full of harsh chemicals, this concoction naturally calms and soothes the skin while the antioxidants prevent acne developing and naturally remove the excess oils. Also it smells amazing!
#5 Bake It Til You Make It
Use baking soda to get rid of stains on your teeth. The baking soda eliminates any surface stains, removes any plaque and prevents bad breath at a far more affordable price than teeth whitening products on the market.
#6 Oil It Up
Olive oil is a great moisturizer for dry skin patches and can also be used as a hair mask. Use it in small doses on your cuticles and knuckles to prevent damaged, ageing hands. If you have fine hair, stick to using it on the body, but if your hair is naturally thick or coarse, leaving a mask of olive oil on for twenty minutes or so will ensure the fatty acids in it will strengthen your hair strands and give it a shiny appearance.
#7 Listen Up Sugar
Sugar can be used to slough away dead skins cells as a good body scrub. The granules may be too harsh for your face if you have sensitive skin, but they will keep rough winter skin away if you use them once or twice a week on any areas prone to dryness or ingrown hairs.
#8 Daily De-stress
Use lavender as stress relief. This isn’t exactly granny’s best kept secret, given that lavender is used in pillow sprays, perfumes, lotions, creams and bath products as a calming sleep aid, but granny did cop on that maybe it was better investing in the plant itself rather than derivatives, saving her some pocket change! Simply cut off some stems of the plant and place them in an old, clean sock or mini cloth bag and place them under your pillow or in your drawers.
#9 Love Those Lips
Use an old softened toothbrush as a lip exfoliator instead of investing in store bought products that claim to do the same thing for a higher price. Technically this is free, as you already purchase toothbrushes regularly (I hope!) so every three months when you replace your old one, keep the older one for awhile as an mini lip exfoliating brush.
#10 Scent Staying Power
Dab Vaseline on the spots you spray perfume on to make it last longer. The perfume will cling to the skin and be more absorbed, making it both stronger and longer lasting. This one is a savior for those whose skin doesn’t seem to absorb scent as easily. Thanks Granny!
#11 Go on, go on, go on, go on!
Your granny probably mills the tea into her a million times a day if she’s anything like mine. Let the tea bags cool after use and place on the eyes to detox and soothe tired eyes, minimising droopy eye bags!
To modernise it even more for this generation, switch up your granny’s brekkie tea with green tea. Following the drink, let it cool before bursting the tea bag open and using the tea inside as a face mask/scrub. Enriched with antioxidants, your skin texture and tone will improve over time if used consistently.