toothpaste


1. Toothpaste as a zit cream.

This old wives tale continues to make the rounds online; the idea is that many pasty, white toohpastes act as a desiccant, and will dry out a pimple overnight. (Toothpaste used to contain zinc, which is an anti-inflammatory; current ones don’t have it.) I diligently dotted my blemish with paste; When I awoke the next morning, I didn’t see any blemishes, but I didn’t see new radiance either. Instead, I had a blotchy face full of inflamed, quarter-sized spots.

Verdict: Might work. But skip if you have sensitive skin.

2. A conditioning hair mask made from banana, egg, olive oil and honey.

Google “homemade hair mask” and you’ll find dozens of recipes, all providing various permutations of the above ingredients. The best part: I already had everything in my kitchen (read: free), and the ingredients promised benefits that are delightful and plausible. The potassium in bananas softens, the proteins in eggs strengthen follicles, and honey and olive oil are natural humectants. I left the mixture on my hair for 15 minutes, then rinsed. Unfortunately, any initial conditioning benefits were negated by my need to shampoo my hair three times to get all the honey and oil out. As an aside—and you’ll have to trust me on this—there is no graceful way to remove day-old banana chunks from your hair at the office.

Verdict: Abort! Spring for Aussie Deeeeep 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Treatment instead, at the same price as a tall latte.

3. A DIY cuticle softener of grape halves dipped in sugar.

I picked this one up watching The Dr. Oz show. It seemed simple enough: the fruit acid provides a chemical exfoliator, while the sugar provides a physical one. The recipe was quick and effective. There was, however, one drawback I did not anticipate. Sugar-coated grapes are delicious! I ended up eating most of my natural cuticle softeners.

Verdict: Why not? It works, and it’s tasty.

Have you tried any at-home recipes? What were your results?