Home remedies for guys

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Trying to select the best product from an increasingly wide and bewildering range of possibilities on the cosmetic counters can be a daunting prospect, not to mention a costly one. So you might be relieved to discover that your own kitchen contains many fixes for common grooming problems – remedies which are simple, natural, and as accessible as your pantry or refrigerator. They won’t break the bank either!

Razor burn
• Dip a clean cloth into a bowl of cool milk and dab it on your skin. The coolness will help reduce the swelling, and the lactic acid has anti-inflammatory properties. Rinse off with water.
• Soak cotton wool in cold black tea and hold it on the affected areas for 15 minutes. The anti-inflammatory tannin helps reduce irritation and constricts the blood vessels. No need to rinse.
• Shake together in a small bottle equal quantities of coconut oil, olive oil and fresh mint leaf juice and apply the mixture to your skin. The oils contain fatty acids and vitamins to help with the healing process, and the mint juice reduces redness.

Shaving nicks and cuts
• Dabbing with a tissue will actually keep the cut open; rather hold an ice-cube against it to constrict the blood vessels and help slow the flow of blood.
• Lip ice or Vaseline applied to the wound provides a surface for the blood to clot on, and the waxy consistency encourages healing.
• Press gently but firmly on the skin around the cut with your fingers to stop the blood flow and allow the wound to dry out.

Skin breakouts
• A dab of toothpaste on the affected area will help; the detergents have degreasing and drying properties. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse with cold water to reduce inflammation.
• Bicarbonate of soda mixed into a paste with a little water is alkaline and helps to balance the pH of your skin; it also reduces visible redness. Egg white has a similar effect.
• Use an earbud to put a small amount of honey on the problem spot. Cover with tape or a plaster and leave overnight. It’ll kill the bacteria and accelerate healing.

Chapped lips
• Gently rub your lips with slices of cucumber – the juice has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and promotes blood circulation in the skin.
• A mixture of small amounts of milk and honey makes an effective treatment, combining antibacterial and analgesic properties and promoting healing and regeneration.
• Apply a thin layer of cocoa butter or olive oil to provide a soothing, protective and nourishing barrier.

Bad breath
• Bicarbonate of soda obliterates odours rather than just masking them. Sprinkle a little on your hand, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush your teeth with the mixture. Or mix one teaspoon of bicarb with water and use as a gargle.
• Eat fresh raw carrots or celery or even a small piece of cheddar cheese to fight plaque and keep your breath fresh.
• Chew on aromatic whole spices like cloves, cardamom or fennel – their antimicrobial properties help with saliva production and the flushing away of harmful bacteria.

Smelly feet
• Make an effective footbath by boiling a few teabags in 500ml of water for 15 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool, and soak your feet in it for half an hour every day. The tannic acid counteracts odour-producing bacteria.
• In the same way, you could use 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts in lukewarm water, or one part cider vinegar diluted in two parts water.
• Bicarbonate of soda absorbs and neutralises odours – dust a little directly on to your feet, or sprinkle a generous amount into your shoes and leave them overnight. Do shake the excess out before you put the shoes on again!

Discoloured teeth
• Rub the white pith inside an orange peel across your teeth and then scrub them with a wet toothbrush to lift any debris. Don’t do this more often than once a fortnight as the acid in the peel could weaken the enamel of your teeth.
• Mix a heaped tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide (you can buy this, with a two to three percent concentration, from your pharmacy). Brush your teeth with the mixture, rinse thoroughly, then brush with normal toothpaste. The hydrogen peroxide chemically breaks down bacterial coating on the teeth, and the abrasive bicarb helps remove plaque. Again, use with caution – you could damage your teeth if you use this more than twice a month.

So with just a little time and effort in your kitchen, you can address most of those niggly grooming challenges – and use the money you save, for something more exciting! Like a new lipstick for your lady friend.

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Fiona Rom, freelance writer and editor, believes that beauty and wellness have much to do with your state of mind, and that a sense of humour is your best defence against almost any challenge the world throws at you. Fiona on Google

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  1. Tanya

    I love giving my boy friend facials and treatments so thanks this is really helpful

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    My hubby is always looking for home remedies. Will pass this onto him.

    6 years ago •

  1. Charne

    Hubby will have to take a few days leave so I can pamper him… now… I just have to convince him! Give me some ideas ladies!

    6 years ago •

  1. Steenkamp

    I will have to show this article to my husband

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Great Tips! You learn something new everyday.

    6 years ago •

  1. gerrit

    I am so glad you have this article, i was looking for miracle cure for smelly feet, i have tried a few products, but i am a construction worker, so yuk my feet is always in the safety boots no fresh air until late at night, will try the teabags thank you.

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Great tips some of these tips I can even use lol so not just for guys!

    6 years ago •

  1. joubert

    Ja the guys always complain about things that are too expensive so i’m gonna print this and enlarge it and put it on my bedroom mirror, and see if it has any impact on my boyfriend hold thumbs.

    6 years ago •

  1. landman

    Oh thank u so much for the tip on smelly feet, i have tried and bought about the whole chemist but in vain, maybe the teabags will help i hope so gonna give this a go and will give feed back on it.

    6 years ago •

  1. diamond

    Will remember these for the hubby

    6 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Great article! Some awesome tips. Now to get my husband to use them (oi!)…

    6 years ago •

  1. julandism

    Very informative article, I will be getting my boyfriend to read and follow this! thanks

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    This is definitely my favourite article thus far! Great remedies that cost almost nothing.

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Bicarb just about works for everything!

    6 years ago •

  1. Beauty Belle

    I think I need to email this link to my guy. We needs some “direction”…

    6 years ago •

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