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Beauty Tips Learned From Grandma

Both of my grandmothers were blessed with beautiful skin tone. Even though it was mature skin, it was both clear and smooth. Looking at them, I would have assumed that they had a fully stocked beauty arsenal used as part of their skin care regimens, but ironically it seems they had some simple beauty tricks/tips up their sleeves. I remember my Grandma telling me about these tips when I was little and I wanted to share just a few of them because it turns out…Grandma was on to something with her beauty tips/tricks.

Banking Soda- My grandma used to have me brush my teeth with Baking Soda when I would stay at her house. I always thought it was a bit strange, but I would give it a shot and was always pleased with the end result. Turns out banking soda can be used to clean your teeth, clear your complexion and act as a natural antacid. It polishes your teeth, without scratching the tooth surface, and fights bad breath. In addition, it can be used to exfoliate acne prone skin. Baking soda is still used and has become a popular ingredient in maintaining clean, polished teeth.

Petroleum Jelly On Your Face-My grandma would lather this on her face every night before bedtime. Petroleum jelly is an oil-based emollient that repels water, which makes it a long-lasting lubricant to smooth and protect rough and dry skin. As part of a skin care regimen for mature skin, petroleum jelly can help soothe dryness and flakiness, as well as help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (it’s not going to take away wrinkles, but it will make them less noticeable). It can be used as a daily moisturizer, daily makeup remover and even as a way to prevent wind burn. If your face is normal or normal to oily, this is probably not the best idea, but can be great for dry skin. While this is not the most popular modern day skin care tip, petroleum jelly is still very common to serve as a moisture seal and is used most commonly as an ingredient in lip balms.

Fish Oil-Grandma would be sure to get her daily intake of fish oil either via liquid or pill form. Fish oil contains high amounts of omega 3 essential fatty acids that are beneficial in helping cells repair and prevent damage. Taking daily fish oil supplements can help reduce the risk of skin cancer, help the body resist sunburn, and help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar-Apple Cider Vinegar naturally balances the pH balance of the skin and the entire body. Improving blood circulation and delivering oxygen to the skin, it tones, purifies and revives the skin while helping to maintain elasticity. It can have a positive effect on acne and itchy skin conditions such as eczema or sunburn. Couple tablespoons of this each night will help your oxygen flow and your skin glow.

Some other good beauty advice from Grandma per my co-worker and fellow blogger Amy- “Pretty is, as pretty does” and “Your only as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside” two great tips to live by. Thank you Grandma’s for your words of wisdom!

What Beauty advice did your Grandma give? Any favorites to add to the list?

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2 Comments

  1. Donna
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    My grandma used to take milk baths. The lactic acid exfoliates as well as moisturizes.

  2. Tiffany
    Posted September 21, 2011 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    My grandma has been slathering(it’s like lathering but in a sloppy way) Ponds Cream on her face ever night for over 80 years now and I swear it’s magic. I used to always kiss her when I was little before bed and rub the stuff over my lips after and think it’s taste good.(Not so much anymore) To this day I keep it in my medicine cabinet and do my best at slathering as well. Ah grandmas…… Thanks for the memory refresher Beth!

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