Tips and Tricks: Double-Duty Beauty Products

When you’re in a bind, you’d be surprised what beauty products can do outside of their job description. Lotions, lip balms, powders and shampoos are actually double-duty beauty products that have no problem switching gears to give you the right treatment at the right moment.

For example, the other day I was on my way to work when I noticed those tiny, annoying new hairs (you know the ones I’m talking about) poking up all over. Without my trusty hair wax, I looked around to see what else would do the trick. And, as luck would have it, I noticed the Dermalogica Climate Control Lip Treatment sitting just in arm’s reach. When I got to the stoplight, I pulled the lip balm out and began to apply it to my hair as if I would a hair styling stick, and before the light turned green, I had smooth, sleek hair.

Of course, my husband, who I happened to be carpooling with me that morning, just looked at me like I was crazy. “You just put chapstick on your hair,” he said. And I smiled and nodded. Whatever works, right?

So, I thought I’d share a few other tips on getting the most, literally, out of your skin care, hair care, body care and cosmetics.

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1)      Shampoo can double as a hand soap or body wash:

The cleansing agents in shampoo are often gentle enough to be used on the skin on the body. However, if you have a medicated, clarifying or volumizing shampoo, those will be too drying. Also, just because shampoo works on your body, doesn’t mean body wash will work on your hair, unless, it’s the philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath, which is formulated for both.

2) Loose powder can double as a dry shampoo:

If you’re prone to greasy hair, then a dry shampoo like Batiste Dry Shampoo is a must. But if you don’t happen to have your dry shampoo handy, then your loose powder can work just as well. Translucent powder works best, depending on your hair color, but even beige or tan tones will blend in. Simply take the powder puff or a makeup brush, cover it with powder and apply the powder directly to the roots of your hair. Then, rub it in with your fingers and enjoy your refreshed tresses.

3) Hair conditioner can double as a shaving cream:

This is a common practice, so many of you may already do this, but for those of you who don’t, it’s definitely worth trying. In fact, I rarely buy shaving cream anymore. Instead, I just slather on the conditioner and shave until my legs are silky smooth. After rinsing, your legs will feel soft and moisturized, and you’ll probably be able to skip the body lotion. Plus, this way, your shampoo and conditioner may actually run out at the same time.

4) Lipstick and lip gloss can double as blush:

With all the cream blushes on the market today, you may have noticed how similar they look to your lipstick or lip gloss. In fact, they are quite similar in formulation, although lipsticks and glosses usually have more moisturizers and silicones than the cream blushes. So, if you’re looking for something to brighten up your face, take a dab of your favorite pink or coral shade (please, skip the red) and rub into the apples of your cheeks and cheekbones for a lasting glow.

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