10 Easy Yet Effective Ways to Look Better Instantly
We all want to feel confident about our looks. But it's not always easy to look like a million dollars, especially if you don't have much time to spend in front of the mirror.
We at Bright Side know that little things make a big difference, so here are 10 little tips you can use to look your best in just a few minutes.
10. Rice water can tighten skin pores.
Studies have shown that rice water can offer your skin a number of benefits. Among others, it tightens your pores, acting as an astringent on your skin.
What to do: You can use cosmetic rice water, but it's actually super easy to make. Take half a cup of rice, and add 2 cups of water. After 15 minutes, strain the rice from the water. Your rice water is ready to use! Dip a cotton pad into the rice water, and pat it over your face. Allow it to air dry, and watch your skin tone become smooth and bright.
9. Caffeinate your eyes to get rid of puffiness.
It's been proven that black and green tea contain powerful antioxidants, which can bring anti-inflammatory effects to your skin.
What to do: Let a couple of used tea bags chill in the fridge. Squeeze out the extra liquid, and apply to your under-eye area for 5 minutes.
8. Use a cold spoon on dark circles.
2 cold spoons can help reduce dark circles under your eyes. It's an old trick based on reducing swelling and skin temperature using cold compresses.
What to do: To reduce redness and swelling, take 2 metal spoons, place them in the fridge, and let them cool. Place over your eyes for a couple of seconds, and gently massage using circular motions until you feel that the spoons have warmed up.
7. Banana peels can exfoliate and hydrate your skin.
Bananas, and even their peels, are a great source of magnesium and vitamin C. Rubbing a banana peel on your face every day can help nourish and soothe your skin.
What to do: To achieve an exfoliating effect, use the inside of the peel. Gently rub it on your clean skin until the peel turns brown. Rinse your face with warm water.
6. Curl your lashes for an instant wide-awake effect.
If you want to look like you got a full night's sleep, try curling your eyelashes. It'll help create an eye-opening effect in seconds.
What to do: For a more dramatic lift that lasts throughout the day, heat up your eyelash curler with warm water. Place the curler as close to your lid as you can, and press for 5-7 seconds.
5. Conceal gray hair.
Premature graying can be caused by many factors: nutrient deficiency, stress, smoking, etc. To get rid of gray hair, it's better to find out the main reason for the grayness. But if you need the solution right now, try the mascara trick.
What to do: To cover those stubborn gray strands, apply some mascara to them. Just swipe black or brown mascara over the strands, and you're good to go.
4. Matte bronzer will hide a double chin.
The best way to say goodbye to your double chin is to lose weight and tone the muscles of your jawline. But there is also a makeup trick that can help you cover an embarrassing area.
What to do: To hide a double chin, you should accentuate your jawline. Using a matte bronzer, draw a number 3 starting from your temple down to below your cheekbone and under your jawline. Do the same on both sides.
3. Create DIY peel-off masks.
A peel-off mask is a great way to give your skin an instant glow and deep clean your pores. It helps get rid of black/whiteheads and unwanted facial hair.
What to do: To get smooth, baby-soft skin, try this DIY charcoal mask.
- 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
- 1 tablespoon distilled water
- 1/2 teaspoon activated charcoal
Mix all the ingredients together, and apply to your face. Let it dry completely. Peel off the mask in an upward direction.
2. Milk can soothe your skin.
It's been proven that lactic acid has a lot of cosmetic benefits. Being a great facial cleanser, it works wonders for your skin, leaving it smoother and cleaner.
What to do: For soft and clean skin, dip a cotton pad in milk, and wipe your face and neck clean. Rinse with warm water.
1. Strawberries can make teeth whiter.
If you want to get a whiter smile, try strawberries as a natural teeth-whitening solution. Due to their high malic acid content, strawberries can help get rid of yellow stains on your teeth.
What to do: For instant results, simply rub a strawberry across each tooth for a few seconds, and then rinse with water. You can also try a DIY strawberry toothpaste: mix 1 mashed strawberry with half a teaspoon of baking soda. Use the mixture as a toothpaste, leave for 5 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.