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Top 12 Grocery Store Beauty Hacks

Top 12 Grocery Store Beauty Hacks

Top 12 Grocery Store Beauty Hacks

Ever read that avocado is good for shiny hair and, next thing you know, find yourself slathering it all over your head like you’re a Mexican food appetizer? How about turning yourself into a campsite snack trying a honey face mask for fewer breakouts and dewy, moisturized skin?

Whether it came from a mother, a great-aunt, or an afternoon on Pinterest, we’ve all heard of - and even tried - a grocery store beauty hack or two. Maybe they worked. Maybe they didn’t. Maybe all they left you with was a sticky situation and a ton of cleanup.

At Eight Saints, we want to help you cut back on the trial and error. That’s why we decided to test ten of the most popular hacks around. Here’s what works, what doesn’t, and why.

1. Aloe Vera

What it’s for: Sunburn soother, eyebrow gel, moisturizing shampoo booster

First thing’s first: getting the aloe out of the plant. To get the job done, simply cut off large leaves as close to the stem as possible (or buy a few from your local grocery store). Rinse them under water, cut off the top parts of each leaf, and scoop out the gel with a spoon.

After it's all scooped out, blend the gel in a food processor or blender for just a few seconds to achieve totally smooth consistency.

So what will you use all this fresh aloe for?

  • Sunburn soother: A few studies have shown that aloe vera can help soothe first-to-second degree burns andthat it can soothe sunburn inflammation. This can not only help moisturize, but also prevent harmful skin peeling.
  • Eyebrow gel: Dip a clean mascara brush into the gel and brush it onto your brows for an all-natural, non-sticky eyebrow gel.
  • Shampoo booster: For a natural added moisture boost, add some gel to your favorite shampoo and use it as you normally would. Bonus: this can also quell dandruff and soothe an irritated scalp.

Our rating: ★★★☆☆

We love it so much we've included it in our Pep Rally hydrating gel serum, our Night Shift hydrating face gel, and many other products.

2. Olive Oil

What it’s for: Face cleanser

Tons of people use oil-based cleansers - and for good reason. Cleansing the skin with oil prevents stripping away your skin’s natural barrier - which, in turn, can help prevent infection and improve sensitive skin.

But what about ditching the “cleanser” part of the equation and using straight olive oil? Turns out, it’s a great idea. Olive oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, and natural lipids - all of which make it a great replenishing moisturizer. On top of that, it can help cleanse by dissolving the oils that are already on your face, helping you remove oil-based makeup and dissolve any oily skin residue.

So how do you use it? It’s as easy as it sounds: just rub olive oil onto dry skin in small, circular motions for 20-30 seconds. When you’re done, wipe clean with a moist washcloth until your face is clean.

From there, play it by ear with the moisturizer. You may not need one at all afterward.

Our rating: ★★★★☆

You'll find olive oil as a key ingredient in our All In de-puffing eye cream and our Zen Out of Ten detox scrub.

3. Yogurt

What it’s for: Face mask or burn ointment

You know that yogurt can be great for the digestive tract - but did you know it can also help your skin? Plain, preservative-free yogurt contains probiotics and lactic acid, an AHA that can dissolve dead skin cells, unclog pores, and even skin tone.

For the perfect grocery-aisle face mask, simply apply a thin layer of yogurt to your face and neck. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and gently rinse with warm water.

Dealing with a burn? Dab some plain yogurt on the affected area and leave it on for 10 minutes to soothe the burn and help restore your skin’s natural barrier.

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4. Coconut Oil

coconut oil grocery store beauty hack

What it’s for: Moisturizer, hair mask, makeup remover

Coconut oil is one of our all-star grocery store ingredients. Pure virgin coconut oil can serve as a great eye makeup remover, body moisturizer, and hair mask:

  • Eye makeup remover: Dab directly onto eyes and work in small, circular motions until makeup dissolves. Wipe clean with a small cotton pad and continue the rest of your beauty routine as usual.
  • Body moisturizer: Coconut oil is rich in moisturizing fatty acids, which make it an ultra-effective moisturizer. For maximum effectiveness, apply directly onto freshly showered skin.
  • Hair mask: Coconut oil can work wonders for damaged, dry, or frizzy hair. To use it as an effective hair mask, simply heat up some coconut oil for a few seconds. Apply directly to the hair and leave it on for up to an hour. Shampoo and condition as usual.

Our rating: ★★★★☆

We use coconut oil in our Cloud Whip brightening hydration cream and our No Plans antioxidant clay mask.

5. Baking Soda

What it’s for: Stings, toothpaste, exfoliating scrub

This is another grocery store multitasker that is worth adding to your bathroom counter. Use it as:

  • A sting soother: I recently used baking soda to coax the poison out of a wasp sting. Simply mix baking soda with water until it forms a paste and apply to affected area. The mixture will neutralize the poisons - it works for poison ivy and rashes too!
  • Toothpaste: For a DIY option, you can make your own toothpaste by mixing baking soda and coconut oil. Coconut oil has antibacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties. And it has been shown to destroy the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Similarly, baking soda is a mild abrasive that can restore pH balance, whiten teeth, and clean the surface of the tooth.
  • Face scrub: Baking soda can turn any cleanser into a gentle and renewing face scrub. Simply add one to two teaspoons to any cleanser and apply directly to face. But remember to moisturize afterward - the treatment can be drying.

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6. Manuka Honey

manuka honey grocery store beauty hack

What it’s for: Face mask, acne spot treatment, infections

A recent study from the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (that’s a mouthful) found that Manuka honey can kill infections and even superbugs withoutgiving the bad guys a chance to build immunity.

This makes Manuka honey a powerful choice for acne, anti-aging, and skin reparation. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, making it the perfect go-to redness reducer, inflamed skin healer, and pore oxygenator. Dab some onto the affected area - or all over your face - for instant glow and skincare wellness.

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7. Eggs

What it’s for: Face mask and hair mask

Like your eggs scrambled? Sunny-side up? How about raw and slathered directly onto your skin? There may be some benefits to the latter option.

  • Face mask: As a face mask, egg works fairly marvelously. The whites work to dry the oils in your skin, while the yolk acts as a natural moisturizer. Egg can also tighten skinand reduce the size of pores.To use: apply a thin layer on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then, rinse with warm water.
  • Hair mask: Mix egg and avocado

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8. Coffee

What it’s for: Exfoliant

Looking for more than just a morning jolt? Use those coffee grounds directly on your skin to exfoliate the body and improve your skin’s texture.

So what’s the point? Caffeine can perk up your skin while reducing redness and inflammation. It’s also shown to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.

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9. Lemon Juice

What it’s for: Hair Lightening

Looking for some naturally brighter locks? Try some lemon juice.

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10. Green Tea and Chamomile

What it’s for: Toner and inflammation 

Looking for an effective and balanced toner? Look no further than your drawer of teas.

Green Tea

Green tea is full of antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, and polyphenols. It’s also rich in B vitamins, folate, manganese, and caffeine. All of this can provide amazing benefits to the skin, helping to combat free radicals, heal blemishes, and improve skin elasticity.

Chamomile

This soothing nighttime brew can do more than just calm nerves and provide some relaxation. Its powerful antioxidants also soothe redness, reduce puffiness, and minimize inflammation.

Simply brew a cup of your tea of choice and let it cool. Dip a cotton ball directly into the tea and apply to dry, cleansed skin up to twice a day. Store the remaining tea in the refrigerator and replace once a week.

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11. Apple Cider Vinegar

What it’s for: Toner

Scarlett Johannsen likes this one. Apple cider vinegar can make a great - albeit slightly stinky - toner. It’s a natural astringent, and it can help heal breakouts, remove dirt, and restore the skin’s pH balance.

To use it, you should mix it with water - more water for dry skin, less for oily - and swipe over your face using a cotton pad right after you wash.

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12. Dryer Sheets

What it’s for: Static hair

This isn’t a grocery store food or beverage product, but it will work nonetheless. Anytime your hair is staticky, grab a dryer sheet and gently run it along the top of your hair to eliminate static electricity.

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