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At-Home Remedies That Actually Work

While yes, some of these will be skin related, not all of them are so, I don’t consider this a skin care post, but a post continuing on with overall general health. I was mostly inspired to do this post because of the amount of misinformation that’s already out there. It’s hard to know who to believe and honestly, that’s one of the reasons why I went to school for aesthetics. I was already doing YouTube so, I wanted to be able to give real information that could help people. I hope me being licensed is enough to verify the authenticity of the information I give, but if it doesn’t then you’ll be happy to know I’m skeptical of almost every single product ever produced and I’m still not convinced there is any kind of miracle product for anything at all so, I mostly only talk about things that I have actually seen work on myself or that come from a source whose professional opinion I genuinely trust. Most of these you will probably already know, but hopefully there is at least one new thing you will learn!

  1. Using a leg roller and/or performing manual massages can actually reduce the appearance of cellulite.
    • While this is a problem we mostly see in women, men are not immune to it and can be prone to cellulite in areas such as their stomach and/or neck. Cellulite occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin, creating dimples. These deposits can be broken up when gently manipulated and moved around. Just remember that you are not going to see results overnight and it is an exercise that will need to continue to be repeated everyday.
  2. Exfoliation can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but stretch marks are indeed, forever.
    • Stretch marks appear when there is a break in the elastin in the skin. While we can strive to preserve it, we currently cannot replace or rebuild elasticity in the skin once it’s gone, so stretch marks are pretty much scars. While I personally believe that stretch marks simply mean your body went through a change and that they should be worn with pride, I am no stranger to how the majority of society views them and I understand the urge to want to get rid of them. Most of the old-school remedies like cocoa butter, coconut oil, and almond oil don’t really work, but treatments like microdermabrasion and/or chemical peels are recommended if you want to take a more aggressive approach to reducing their appearance. If you can’t splurge on multiple spa visits, you aren’t alone and using something like a coffee scrub will not only help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but the caffeine in the grounds can also aid in firming the skin. Sometimes stretch marks are completely unavoidable and can even be hereditary so, the best way to at least reduce the amount of stretch marks you may get (if you know ahead of time you’re going to be going through a change) is to keep your skin hydrated by drinking PLENTY of water and also keeping it constantly moisturized with lotions containing excellent water-binding and absorption qualities.
  3. Ginger and peppermint can both help relieve nausea.
    • While ginger must actually be ingested to receive any kind of benefit, peppermint can sometimes help reduce someones nausea just by them inhaling its scent.
  4. Duct tape can kill warts.
    • This process will most likely take a few weeks, but it will help the wart stop from spreading and can begin to suffocate the wart. Combining it with a wart removing gel (usually containing salicylic acid as the active ingredient) can help speed up the process.
    • To begin: make sure hands are clean. Soaking beforehand can also loosen up the skin around the wart.
    • If you have removal gel, add it first and wait until it is dried.
    • Cover wart with duct tape.
    • Repeat until wart is gone, occasionally giving the area 10-12 hours to breathe around once a week.
    • There have also been a few studies that show that applying crushed garlic for 20 minutes, twice daily (and rinsing after applying) can help get rid of warts if you do not have/want to use a wart gel.
  5. Chilled cucumber slices can reduce under eye circles and puffiness.
    • Yepp, Hollywood actually got it right and most of those spa scenes in movies weren’t just following some aesthetic trend. The cold temperature helps slow down blood flow around the eyes while cucumbers themselves have anti-inflammatory properties reducing puffiness, as well as a high water content which helps hydrate the skin around the eyes. Cold green tea bags can have similar properties as well.
  6. Raw honey can help reduce acne and seasonal allergies.
    • Topically, raw honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Also, when you purchase raw honey locally and ingest it (I typically put it in my coffee and/or tea), it can help build up your immunity to the pollen in your area. While there isn’t much scientific proof to back this up, most of the time a way to build your immunity to something is to expose yourself to it in small doses so, it isn’t too completely off-the-wall of an idea.
  7. Drinking beer will help you pass a kidney stone.
    • I have seen and heard a doctor say this to my face. Unfortunately, kidney stones are hereditary on BOTH sides of my family and I got my first one when I was around 16-17. They are truly awful so, that is the only reason I’m promoting alcohol consumption. If your stone doesn’t have to be blown up, the only way to pass it naturally is to pee it out and well, beer makes you pee a lot. This information was really hard to sit on a few weeks ago when I was in the middle of passing my fourth kidney stone at Electric Forest. I am closing in on being two years completely alcohol-free and am in no hurry to break that so, instead I just chugged water, but if alcohol is not a substance you struggle with, then grabbing a 6-pack can speed up the passing.
  8. A spoon full of sugar doesn’t just help the medicine go down, it also gets rid of hiccups.
    • “Taking a teaspoon [of sugar] gets rid of hiccups by stimulating the vagus nerve, which makes the body forget to hiccup. The vagus nerve is a cranial nerve that conveys sensory information about the organs to the brain. When it’s distracted by something else ā€” like swallowing sugar ā€” it tells the brain that something more important than hiccuping has come up so the diaphragm spasms stop.” (MNN)
  9. Uncoated Aspirin can help acne-prone skin.
    • Aspirin or Acetylsalicylic acid can be broken down and turned into a paste using either raw honey or a little water and used as a facial scrub/mask. It contains salicylic acid as well as anti-inflammatory properties that can help with reducing the size of cysts and nodules while the grit from the scrub can help improve the skin’s overall texture. This isn’t something that should be used everyday though, more like once a week.
  10. Polypodium leucotomos extract can be taken orally to help with UV protection.
    • Continued use, taken orally can help provide photo-protection from the harmful effects of UV radiation from the inside out. It has also been tested and approved for safe long-term use. (ClinicalandAesthetic Dermatology ) While topical sunscreens should still be used in conjunction with the extract/supplement, together they can provide extra strength for those who work outside in the sun for long periods of time or who may be more prone to skin cancer.
  11. Natural sunlight can help reduce stress and/or depression.
    • We’ve all heard of seasonal depression, but it’s not so much the cold weather that causes it, as much as it is the lack of vitamin D. If you struggle with high levels of stress or depression, the people who tell you to “just go outside” actually aren’t that far off. The problem is that they usually don’t know why it’s beneficial, which in turn makes it seem like insensitive advice. Believe it or not, this is actually something I learned about while working for Palm Beach Tan. Employees are required to go through a series of training videos to not only learn how to use the equipment, but to be able to give valid information to those worried about some of the misconceptions that are spread about using tanning beds. Something that was discussed was how UV light treatments can actually help boost moods when done occasionally. Obviously this is much more effective/beneficial when the rays are administered by natural sunlight, but if you’re living somewhere that goes through long periods of darkness, 5-10 minutes in a tanning bed once every two weeks (or maybe once a week if needed) can be an actual mood booster.
  12. Elderberries can help fight off common illnesses.
    • Elderberries (when consumed) help speed up recovery and are even said to be powerful enough to fight off the flu. While that may be true, please don’t take that as a new “fix all.” It’s just something that may help.
  13. Certain foods can improve your vision.
    • Out of all of the tips I’ve posted, this is probably the most well known, but just in case it’s not, I wanted to post it for anyone who doesn’t think they can improve or at least slow down the decline of their eyesight. Foods rich in vitamin A and beta carotene can help overall eye health and some studies show that omega-3 fatty acids do as well. Some foods that are believed to improve eye health are carrots, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, chia/hemp/flax seeds, citrus fruits, and berries.
  14. Raw cacao is a great natural energy booster.
    • Not to be confused with cocoa powder which is usually made by roasting the cacao beans, destroying most of the nutrients in the beans with the heat. Although cocoa powder does still have some benefits, they are far outweighed by raw cacao. Raw cacao can stimulate the production of feel-good endorphins, it can improve blood flow to the brain, it contains magnesium, and cacao also “contains anandamide, sometimes referred to as the bliss molecule, which binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain creating a sense of ease and happiness. Not only will consuming cacao improve your well-being, but it will also combat mood swings by boosting seratonin levels in the brain.” (One Green Planet) I also met an artist from Australia this weekend (while I was working Camp Bisco), who talked about using cacao as a natural energy booster while he was trying to cut out sugars.
  15. Toothpaste will polish tarnished sterling silver.
    • It can also scratch the silver as well, so do be careful. I use this method on my nose ring quite often because some of my facial masks contain sulfur in them which can tarnish silver almost instantly. My nose ring isn’t something I’m super worried about scratches on, but it’s also not something I want to walk around with looking super tarnished, so rubbing a little toothpaste on it not only removes the tarnish bringing it back to its shiny silvery state, but it also opens up my sinuses a bit.

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