Do They Really Work? Beauty Secrets from My Mom Polly Blitzer
Some people store heirlooms in a jewelry box. I keep mine in the fridge. My mom and grandmother passed down a handful of old-school beauty recipes. I still turn to some of them, even though there are dozens of high-tech products inside the medicine cabinet. It turns out that these timeless tricks aren't just kitchen science. I was surprised to learn that my mother really does know best.
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Lemons Polly Blitzer
Pumice stones can smooth down leathery calluses on your feet. But lemons do the trick more gently. The citric acid softens rough patches of skin without damaging underlying skin. Rub a lemon half into your heels, as if you're juicing it. Or soak feet for 15 minutes in a bowl filled with warm water and 1 cup of fresh lemon juice.
Chamomile Polly Blitzer
Chamomile has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. The flower, found in my favorite Mustela product, soothes irritated skin and decreases inflammation. Whenever I wake up with puffy eyes, I head straight to the fridge for chamomile teabag compresses. After steeping pre-bedtime tea, I store the teabags in a Zploc inside the fridge. Lay down, press a tea bag under each eye and listen to the news for 10 minutes. Voila.
We use chamomile-based Mustela Soothing Comfort Balm to cure diaper rash in my house. The boys walk around asking for "My Stella! My Stella!" I can't imagine what would happen if I tried to tea bags on their tushies!
Baking Soda Polly Blitzer
Every night before bed, my grandmother would cover her face in cold cream, then wet her toothbrush and dip the bristles into a crystal bowl of baking soda. She scrubbed each tooth to whiten and brighten her smile. Baking soda breaks down surface stains on tooth enamel I use baking soda on pimples, because benzoyl peroxide is too irritating. It removes excess oil from skin and is a slight antispectic. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of water. Massabge the paste into the blemish and leave it on for five minutes.
Eggs Polly Blitzer
Most of the time, I cook them over easy. But raw eggs are great for damaged hair. The yolk fats and proteins produce rich shine, while the whites help remove product buildup. Whisk three eggs in a bowl and comb them through wet hair. Rinse out with cold water after 15 minutes. Avoid hot water, which will partially cook the eggs. Washing out scramble ain't easy!
Milk Polly Blitzer
I remember my first sunburn like yesterday. My family went to Mexico, and I baked for hours on the beach without sunscreen. #shame I thought I'd get a deeper tan, but I wound up with a painful red burn and spent the rest of the trip indoors covered in milk-soaked hotel towels. The fats and proteins in whole milk soothe irritation. Lesson learned.
Win it! Polly Blitzer
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