You can’t be a Woman today without being constantly bombarded by a new celebrity beauty trend every five minutes, Facebook, instagram, twitter, gossip websites and blogs are full of them! While most of them are great, some of them are downright ridiculous and you have to question if they actually work or if someone just made them up for a laugh. So we did our research on a few to see what you should and shouldn’t believe.
No Poo Method
Hold up! Its not what it sounds like, the no poo method is the theory of not washing your hair with any shampoo but simply just rinsing it with water in the shower every night. Apparently this is Kim Kardashian’s secret to shiny full hair. The idea is that the natural oils that your scalp produces keeps the hair shiny and smooth and using shampoo is stripping away all the goodness.
While we are not saying this doesn’t work, the no poo method apparently takes four to six weeks to start showing results and to be honest just the thought makes our heads itch. Our research has shown us that washing your hair less often definitely has its benefits so instead of never washing your hair again try only washing it every two to three days and you’ll see great results!
Hot Lemon Water
We’ve all heard this one! Celebs like Miranda Kerr have been claiming this as their beauty “secret” for years. Instead of drinking coffee every morning when you wake up boil a cup of water and add two lemon slices to it, drink the entire thing and don’t eat anything for at least an hour afterwards. The lemon water is supposed to boost your metabolism, abolish hunger cravings, and detoxify your skin and major organs.
This one does actually work if you stick to it and that’s the main problem we had. Replacing your morning cup of coffee and waking up a whole hour early just to drink it is not only time consuming but also who has that kind of discipline? If you can handle this one then props to you! But we’ll stick to an extra hour of snooze and our morning Starbucks run…
Using coffee grounds as an exfoliant is suppose to boost blood flow and smooth out the skin. Simply add ground up coffee to your body wash and use it every day to see results within a week. Halle Berry swears by this one and has been using the technique for years.
This one actually works! The texture of the grounds works wonders getting rid of dead skin cells and the caffeine is an age old cellulite killer. What’s even better is that its super cheap and easy to get your hands on.
Bee Venom Facial
Know as “Natural Botox” the bee venom plumps up skin by tricking it into thinking it’s been stung giving you youthful, line free skin. There are hundreds of bee venom facial peels, masks and lotions you can purchase or you can have it directly injected into your face. A tonne of celebs swear by this one including Kylie Minogue and Kate Middleton who apparently had it done before the Royal wedding in 2012.
We didn’t try this one because we didn’t have a lazy $500 lying around but also any beauty treatment with the word venom in it didn’t seem worth the risk. If anyone does try it and has success let us know!
Vaseline Eye Treatment
Using a quarter of a teaspoon of Vaseline under the eyes every night prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Jennifer Aniston has credited this for her youthful appearance. Other celebs like Rachel Bilson have recommended using Vaseline as an eye makeup remover, its gentle and gets rid of even waterproof makeup.
Its simple, cost affective and gets rid of dry tired eyes. Its not going to completely eradicate eye wrinkles but it will prevent dry skin, which is one of the causes of eye wrinkles. Using it as a makeup remover is genius! It totally works and you only need the smallest amount to get rid of all traces of stubborn eye makeup. We found it works really quickly so you don’t have to scrub at your eyes to get everything off. As a bonus it doesn’t sting your eyes if you accidently get some in there, which makes it the perfect “lazy girl” make-up remover after a long night out.
Slathering your skin in Bio-Oil every night before bed keeps skin smooth and supple. Kim and Khloe Kardashian have just come out and said they use this nightly. Bio Oil contains vitamin E and PureCellin oil which moisturizers dry skin as well as combating uneven skin tone, scars and stretch marks.
It’s definitely great for dry skin and its perfect to use on the face and body in winter when your skin is feeling chapped and flaky but we didn’t see a reduction in stretch marks or scaring after a months use. However it does smell heavenly and our skin was as soft as a babies…you know.
Ice Water Face Dunk
By submerging your face in ice water every morning you can reduce puffiness and boost circulation. Kate Hudson has said she does this every morning.
It does get rid of puffiness and wakes you up quicker then a shot of espresso! We probably won’t do this every morning but would definitely recommend it on days where you wake up with morning puff face. Gently rubbing ice cubes under your eyes for a few minutes in the morning also works really well if you have been crying the night before and you want to reduce any puffiness.
Haemorrhoid creams have ingredients in them that help tighten skin temporarily by constricting the blood vessels in the skin and reducing the swelling that causes bags under the eyes. This is one we’ve been hearing since we were younger and its still a firm favourite for Sandra Bullock.
This one totally works! Its quick and simple and you will notice instant results. Nobody in the office will know that you didn’t get enough sleep last night and you’ll look fresh in an instant. The only downside is the embarrassment of going to buy a tube of haemorrhoid cream so maybe buy in bulk to avoid frequent trips to the drug store.
Ditch the Toothpaste
You can thank Catharine Zeta-Jones for this one; she uses fruit like strawberry or pineapple to scrub her teeth clean instead of toothpaste. The acid in the fruit is meant to break down plaque and keep the teeth looking pearly white.
No, just, no. Toothpaste was invented for a reason and if we want white teeth we’ll just buy the whitening kind.
Red Wine Soak
Red wine is delicious for drinking but apparently its also great for renewing your skin. By adding one to two cups to your nightly bath and soaking in it for 30 minutes your skin will feel more moisturized. Terri Hatcher has sworn by this for years.
We tried it for a week but we didn’t see much of a difference maybe its one of those ones you have to do over a long period of time but frankly that just sounds like a waste of good wine and an expensive habit to boot!
Kitty Litter Facial
In lieu of expensive exfoliating treatments or products use kitty litter mixed with water to exfoliate your skin. Snooki has admitted that she’s done this a few times while on a budget and it works a treat.
Sure in theory this probably would work since the texture of the kitty litter would exfoliate the skin and rid it of dead skin cells, but nobody wants to put kitty litter on their face! There’s a range of great products on the market that you can afford on a budget and if you are down with DIY exfoliating try using sugar mixed with water and essential oils for a natural exfoliant.