Did you know that the average woman uses 12 cosmetic products a day? Though I’m sure we all know ladies who stand as outliers on either ends of the spectrum, I’d say that’s a pretty impressive number. From pore-tightening serum to anti-aging creams, from moisturizer to detangler to volumizer, there’s a product for practically everything. So when Martha Lynn mentioned that she wanted to share a few secrets that make household products work double duty as cosmetics, our ears perked up. Some of you may have already experimented with these, so we’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments section (I admit I couldn’t live without my baby powder). Click through for tricks of the trade on how to turn products that you already own into more than one-trick ponies!

1. Toothpaste for zit cream

Dab a small amount of toothpaste on a pimple before bed to dry it up and keep swelling down. image

2. Baby powder for dry shampoo

No time for a full shampoo, condition and blow-dry?  Sprinkle some baby powder onto your roots and massage in for fresh smelling and oil free hair! image


3. Conditioner for shaving cream

Forgot your shaving cream on vacation?  Hair conditioner will moisturize your gams just as well as shaving cream, and will leave you bikini-ready with smooth and silky legs. image


4. Lipstick as blush

For those times when you need a quick pick-me-up and don’t have any blush on hand, dab some lipstick or lipgloss onto the apples of your cheeks and blend well for instant rosy cheeks! image

5. Sugar and olive oil for exfoliating

Mix to your desired consistency and scrub all over your face for smooth and shiny skin. Add fresh lemon juice  to the mix to correct a self tanning disaster! image 1 image 2

6. Clear mascara for brow gel

Swipe clear mascara into unruly brows to keep them in check in a pinch. Hair spray also works well for this, in which case you’ll spray onto an old toothbrush before applying to brows. image

7. Avocado for conditioner

For deliciously moisturized locks, mash up an avocado, and lather into hair for a few minutes before rinsing in lieu of conditioner. image


8. Baking soda and lemon juice for toothpaste

Baking soda and lemon juice will create a paste that works just as well as toothpaste, and is also great for making those pearly whites even whiter! image 1 image 2

by Martha Lynn Kale

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