Monday, April 5, 2010

Let's Talk - kitchen sink remedies

I'm always interested in natural, homemade remedies when possible. My first facials involved oatmeal and of course olive oil was used (and still is) for hair treatments. Going off the top of my head and not cheating by looking up cures online, I've narrowed my list down to a few.

Apple Cider Vinegar - This vinegar is good for all sorts of things. I've used it on zits and as a skin toner, but I don't rely on it for that. I most associate it weight loss. It was suggested to me almost 10 years ago as a way to assist with weight loss. I noticed that it curbed my appetite. I didn't really mess with the stuff too much because I was always moving and weight gain wasn't really an issue. In recent years I've become way more sedentary. I started the ACV again last year to help reduce puffiness and many of you noticed weight loss. This is a repeat for some, but if you're new to the blog, check out this post with before & after pics.

Pepsodent toothpaste - I read this tip in a magazine about using it for zits. It works. If I feel one coming on, I will use the toothpaste if I am out of other cremes. Other brands don't work. It's Pepsodent that you need. If you're on vacation and forget your creme, you might try a $3 tube of this toothpaste, rather than replacing your more expensive face creme that you'll be reunited with soon.

Rubbing alcohol - I think this one also has a boatload of remedy capabilities. The one I read about most recently was in an article in Vogue. Do you get the little rashy bumps in your cleavage? I do. I've gone to the dermatologist for them and she wrote a prescription for a creme. She also told me to shower right away, and, before that, use a cleansing wipe in the area on the way home. I tried the Noxema wipes (love these) and showering right away, but I still got the bumps. Rubbing alcohol keeps them away. Much cheaper & convenient than the Rx.

Share one, two or a few of your kitchen sink remedies that you love & believe in.

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  1. Thanks so much for the rubbing alcohol tip. I get those little bumps too and am a little embarrassed by them.

    I use Neosporin Cream (not Ointment) for my zits. I really notice it working on The Boy when he has a break-out. And I always take it with me when I get my eyebrow waxing done. It's the only thing that soothes the redness faster for me.

  2. My dad feels about Listerine the same way that the dad felt about Windex in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"--topically as a cure for cuts, scratches, zits; as a gargle to prevent not only halitosis but also colds and flu.

    Also, I had a dermatologist who told me that the reason there is an epidemic of adult acne in women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s is that we have been told by Madison Avenue that we need to use all kinds of stuff on our faces--he said women with oily skin like mine shouldn't use anything but mild soap, rubbing alcohol, and Retin-A. This didn't cure my mild but persistent breakouts (in fact it just added dry flaky skin to my breakouts) but it did encourage me to simplify my routine.

  3. Hmmm...hadn't heard of most of these, but they are GREAT! Not really a product tip, but my Grandma gave me the idea to sew washers from Hubbs tool kit to the bottom of full skirts to keep from pulling a Marilyn Monroe.

  4. My favorite is jojoba oil. It's great for removing makeup, as a moisturizer for my oily but aging acne prone skin, great for healing cuts, great for conditioning hair (just a tiny bit though).

  5. witch hazel is a great toner. use it every night on your skin, and it is great for tightening your pores and such.

    I have others, but I just drew a blank! LOL

  6. i started using ACV after reading your reviews... although it hasn't worked so much for weight loss for me (but i haven't kept up with exercising either) it has kept me from catching all the gross cough/flew/colds this winter as well as (this may be TMI) keeping my "time of the month" regular. i have always been so irregular that this is a real treat for me. *lol*

  7. rub lemon on your nails to make them stronger- this really works. The Phillipine ladies where I get my nails done told me this trick and it works really well!

  8. Use neosporin plus pain reliever ointment on pierced ears if they get sore or irratated. Put on skin as well as the earring piece and back post. Friend in HS told me this and Wow! I have found this super helpful over the years.

    Also, Eurcerin (sp?) ointment (not cream) helped my daughter when she got exema on her newly pierced ears. Miracle healer!

  9. PS.

    Love the lemon tip for nails. Will try! thanks

  10. AVC is also fantastic for stomachaches caused from overeating or just eating a regular amount of a food that doesn't agree with you. I have a sensitive stomach and often get stomachaches and stomach cramps after foods like pizza. I put a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water, drink it, and my stomachache always goes away in 15 minutes. It hasn't failed me yet, and works better than the nexium/prilosec/etc. that my doctor tried me on various times. I'm sticking w/ the ACV.

  11. audreybella - I haven't tried Neosporin for zits or eyebrows. Good tip. I use it on the inside of my nose to prevent colds. Also read that in Vogue.

    Hexicon - Listerine...I didn't know. I agree w/the derm that our skin rituals are way too long in some cases. I had one lady selling me a ton of SkinCeuticals. I tried the Murad Acne kit and have been hooked. Once in awhile I wash with Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser to mix it up. So my skin doesn't get used to the Murad only to the point where it doesn't work. I think there are other food & environmental factors at play w/our skin, too.

    FashionAddict - Good tip! I've heard of that one, but haven't tried it.

    Shari - I haven't tried jojoba oil either. I've read lots of good things about it, though. Thanks for sharing.

    Andie - Witch hazel was the first toner I used. Good reminder!

    renee - Sometimes I feel like a misleading marketer when the ACV topic comes up. I never meant to say the ACV itself is a fat burner. It helps with digestion and also with curbing ones appetite. I think that's the biggest way it helped me. I don't have cravings for bad stuff when I drink it. I agree w/you on it helping w/colds, menstruation, etc... I think it's an overall

    Jemma Ruby - Another goodie. Thanks for sharing. :-)

    Genny - I have an Rx for my ears. I would love to not use it and go for something like Neosporin. Thanks for sharing that and Eucerin. I like their products, too. Good for dry skin.

    Laura - ACV aids digestion. I agree from experience.

  12. I second the Neosporin for zits- but I use the ointment. It's greasy, so I only use it at night, but it works!! Also, I eat local honey for allergies- just a tbspn a day, but this has saved me. Hmmm, and bourbon + honey + lemon + hot water will cure any cough.

    My great aunt- who had fabulous skin in her 80s- swore by Vaseline. She would cover (and I mean COVER) her face in it every night. My skin is way too oily to ever try, but she looked amazing, so I guess it works to prevent wrinkles, at least for her. :)

    Can't wait to try ACV- anything to combat bloating!

  13. LT - The Neo ointment is what I use for the inside of my nose. I don't think I've used the creme except for cuts. My much older Swedish friend also used Vaseline. She looked great, like your grandma. My brother uses baby oil on his face and has for years. He's afraid of what will happen if he stops. *lol*

  14. I used to use a dab of Tea Tree Oil on pimples. It dried the pimple up but you have to be careful not to use it too much in the same spot or you'll develop a dry patch. (The dry patch will eventually go away - mine did.)

    I've heard a clove in the side of your mouth can help with a cough - never tried it though.

  15. I have a menace of a dog who jumps on everything, despite our aims at discipline... well not surprisingly we get scratches on our wood furniture, and often, if it's not too deep I'll blend them away using Mayo. I know, gross to think about, but it definitely works. I think it's the oil in it, but don't quote me on that.


  16. Ice cubes work to reduce acne. Rub them over your face a few times a day. Apply directly to zits (but not for too long or you'll make them worse - remember that ice can burn). If you've got really bad skin, try ice packs on your entire face, 20 minutes at a time. Again, don't go crazy and burn your face with the ice pack - put the ice in a towel or something. But believe me, ice DOES help acne.

  17. IRLThanks for the tea tree oil tip. Haven't heard of the clove one. I would try that if I needed to, though.

    emily - That's an interesting tip for mayo.

    think about, but it definitely works. I think it's the oil in it, but don't quote me on that.

    Lady Cardigan - The ice packs make sense. Thanks for the tip. :-)


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