Spraying hairspray at the face to avoid smudging and sleeping on your back to prevent wrinkles are among the weird and wonderful beauty secrets employed by women, it emerged yesterday.
Other tricks of the trade include placing cold teaspoons on puffy eyes to sooth swelling and spraying perfume on a hairbrush to give the hair an alluring scent.
Researchers who carried out a detailed study into beauty regimes, habits and rituals found four out of ten women utilise goods found in kitchen cupboards to look good.
Smearing toothpaste on spots and blemishes and sleeping in bed in socks full of moisturiser are also common.
The extreme lengths to which women go to were revealed following a comprehensive study involving 2,000 women by sophisticated dairy drink Modern Milk.
Yesterday a spokeswoman said: ''Some of the beauty treatments in this list are more extreme than others and it’s clear the lengths some women will go to to look beautiful.
‘’Having some little hints and tricks up your sleeve is one thing, but trying to constantly sleep on your back to avoid wrinkles or spraying your face with hair spray are quite severe.
‘’We wanted to poll women to find out what alternative beauty treatments they use and whether people make use of ingredients from kitchen cupboards.
"The age old trick of putting cold teabags or cucumber on the eyes to reduce puffiness is clearly still used today."
The research revealed the majority of women stick to tried and tested beauty rituals passed down through the family or gleaned from female friends and colleagues.
They include drinking two litres of bottled water every day and drinking a glass of milk or two when possible to give the body a calcium boost.
The survey also revealed that tomatoes (74%) salmon (59%), olive oil (56%), oats (54%) and avocado (40%) were foods that women consider an important part of diet in terms of beauty. Top of their list was that old favourite milk, which 77% of women in the UK believe is the most important beauty food, especially when it comes to their skin, hair and nails.
This was pleasing news to TV Doctor Dr Hilary Jones, a big fan of milk, who believes women shouldn’t be wasting money on cosmetics but spending it on foods that are rich in calcium and essential nutrients.
Dr Hilary said: "You need milk in your diet for health and as an additional bonus it has beauty benefits and doesn’t cost the earth. I support supermarkets like Tesco putting really great offers on beauty foods such as Modern Milk, which contain added vitamins and minerals and are one of life’s natural beauty products".
He added: "Milk is the nearest thing you can find to a totally complete food containing, as it does, a perfect balance of protein, minerals, vitamins, essential fats and carbohydrates".
Along with traditional methods, the study also revealed a plethora of more modern unconventional habits undertaken by women in the privacy of their bathrooms.
It found many shave their legs with hair conditioner, WHY?????
Others admitted to splashing lemon juice on their hair in the hope it will develop a lighter tint when exposed to the sunlight.
Brushing hair with talcum powder to freshen it up and using lipstick on the cheeks when blusher runs out also emerged as common tricks.
Vaseline is regularly used to smooth out frizzy hair and many women also use toothpaste to soothe insect bites.
Among the other weird and wonderful techniques was pinching cheeks before entering nightclubs, bars or restaurants to give them a radiant red glow, using tea tree oil on ingrowing hairs and steaming the face in herb water.
From today, 26th October, Modern Milk will be encouraging women everywhere to start drinking milk by offering a 50p voucher on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/ModernMilk. The voucher will be valid until the 9th November. For more details visit www.modernmilk.co.uk.
NATION’S TOP BEAUTY SECRETS
1. Drink 2 litres of bottled water everyday
2. Drink milk every day
3. Toothpaste on spots
4. Cucumber on eyes to freshen them up
5. Shave legs with hair conditioner
6. Sleep in socks filled with moisturizer for soft feet
7. Cucumber slices on eyes to reduce puffiness
8. Tea bags on tired eyes
9. Brush talcum powder through hair to freshen it up
11. Pinching cheeks to give a natural blush
12. Hairspray on face to fix make-up
13. Nail polish in fridge
14. Lipstick on cheeks when you have ran out of blusher
15. Toothpaste on insect bites
16. Lemon juice to lighten hair
17. Spray hairbrush with perfume
18. Lemon juice on highlighted hair
19. Heat up eye lash curlers before using them
20. Cold teaspoons applied to eyes to make puffiness go down
21. Tea tree oil on ingrown hairs
22. Steam face in water with fresh herbs added
23. Sleep on back to avoid wrinkles
24. Keep nail varnish in fridge to make it last longer
25. Vaseline to smooth out frizzy hair
26. Add sugar to soap to exfoliate
27. Eat a jelly cube a day for strong nails
28. Mix a drop of serum with foundation to make skin look glowing
29. Lemon juice to whiten tips of nails
30. Hemorrhoid cream on under-eye bags
31. Super glue fingers nails rather than rip them off
32. Final hair rinse in vinegar
33. Whitening toothpaste to get rid of fake tan on palms
34. Use the cold setting on hair dryer to set mascara
35. Coffee as a body scrub to beat cellulite
36. Pouring milk in to the bath or on skin
37. Mash up avocado and use as a body scrub
38. Apply whisked eggs to hair to make it shiny
39. Hair removal cream takes off fake tan
40. Burst an evening primrose oil capsule and apply to spots to make them heal much faster
41. Brewer’s yeast mixed with water to bleach facial hair
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