Strange But True Beauty Tips -- They Sound Weird, But They Work

Samantha Kilgore

No matter how strange a beauty tip may sound, chances are someone will try it. Sometimes it seems that, when it does come to beauty tips, the stranger, the better. After all, in ancient Greece and Rome, women used crocodile feces in body-toning and anti-aging mud baths, while in the 1800s, an actual "tape-worm" diet briefly came into fashion.

The following beauty tips aren't as strange as those, but they may seem a little weird. However, the tips included actually achieve their intended purpose, without the need to spread crocodile dung on your face to get rid of wrinkles, which is a total plus.

1. Need to get rid of puffy eyes? Grab a potato. Peel the raw potato and cut it in half, placing one half over each eye. The potato will cool the areas around your puffy eyes and any swelling will decrease.

2. Need a quick face mask? Reach for Pepto Bismol. Pepto Bismal works in your digestive system by breaking down oils and acids, and it works exactly the same on your face. Use two tablespoons and leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. Weird... but it works!

3. Most of us already love coffee, but here's another reason to really love it. One "strange but true" beauty tip shows that using coffee grounds as a body scrub can combat cellulite. The caffeine in the coffee will stimulate skin cells, and using it as a scrub helps rid your body of dead skin.

4. Condiments usually belong in the fridge, but mayonnaise actually works wonders as a deep conditioner. Leave it in your hair for about 20 minutes, and for added beauty, consider blow drying your damp hair, since the heat activates the mayo even more.

5. Keep your finger nail polish in the refrigerator. Warm nail polish often dries with bubbles in it, while cool nail polish will give your nails a smooth finish.

6. Get the dreaded "red face" after a gym workout? Take an antihistamine -- it will drastically reduce the redness of your skin.

7. If putting on mascara usually means carefully wiping mascara smudges off your eyelid when through, try holding a plastic spoon with the curve out over your eyelid when applying -- this causes any excess mascara to get on the spoon, not on you.

If the thought of slathering your hair with mayo while drenching your face in Pepto Bismal and cooling your eyes with raw potatoes sounds just too strange, even for a beauty tip, just remember -- women in the Victorian era used wigs which were glued together using bear grease and beef lard, and there's currently a trend in China called "fire treatment," where an alcohol-soaked towel is placed wherever a body needs toning and then lit on fire for several seconds. Surely that's way more strange than these tips/

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