When I wrote about makeup primer last week, several of you brought up what has to be one of the craziest beauty tips I've ever heard:
Use Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel as an inexpensive primer before putting on your makeup!
Of course, I was dubious about this advice -- but a blogger at Glamour.com tried it out and wrote that it works! Reviewers on Drugstore.com agree it works just as well as traditional primers, and at $7.99 for a tube, as opposed to the $40 I just paid for my M.A.C. Primer, I'm more than willing to give it a go.
This beauty secret got me thinking about other strange beauty tips and tricks I've heard over the years. Read on to see them -- and then add your own in the comments!
CLAIM: Bag Balm cow udder cream will soften your dry, cracked skin.
Surely you've heard about Bag Balm (Amazon, $7.85) -- developed and approved to soothe cow's udders, generations of Americans have been using it to soften rough hands and soothe dry, cracked skin.
While I haven't tried it myself, I've read that although the smell is off-putting, it totally works, both as a skin soother and as a diaper rash ointment.
CLAIM: Shaving your face will make you look younger.
Look online and you'll find that lots of women swear that shaving each day gives their faces a smooth, exfoliated look.
And at least one doctor in California claims it will actually make you look younger.
"The constant cellular rejuvenation not only results in a cleaner complexion, but also should slow the aging process," said Dr. Edward Domanskis, a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach.
"This may also be one of the reasons why, in spite of all the lotions and potions that women apply to their faces, men, on average, tend to show less comparable signs of aging," he continues.
I think I'll pass on this one. Can you imagine trying to explain those razor nicks on your face to your friends?
CLAIM: Mane 'n Tail Shampoo for horses will make your hair grow faster.
I can't find any evidence to support this claim, but most reviewers say Mane 'n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner (Amazon, $4.95-$5.80) did make their hair shinier. At these prices, that sounds good to me!
CLAIM: Dryer sheets will de-static your hair.
I use this trick all the time in winter. Run a dryer sheet over your hair to help get the static out. I even keep dryer sheets wrapped around combs and brushes when they get staticky. It's not always 100% effective, but it definitely helps!
Those are the strangest tips I've heard -- what are yours?