4 Very Odd Beauty Routine Remixes

woman putting product on her skin

Before you go digging into your friend’s medicine cabinet and pass judgment on her daily routine, take into consideration that some products serve more than one purpose. We all know there are multiple uses for things like vinegar, peroxide, baking soda and Vaseline, but have you heard about these:

Preparation H

Preparation H isn’t just for hemorrhoids. This over-the-counter ointment has been regarded as one of the best-kept secrets among older women with wrinkle-free skin. Preparation H has become increasingly popular in the fitness industry as well, particularly among those who use plastic wraps to temporarily shrink, or remove excess water from, their waistlines. According to ABC News, the phenylephrine HCL ingredient shrinks the tissue and tightens the muscles wherever Preparation H is applied. Because the active ingredient works by constricting blood vessels, those with high blood pressure are advised to refrain from using Preparation H beyond its intended use.

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Milk of Magnesia
You prime your face with what?! Many celebrity makeup artists use the popular laxative Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia, better known as magnesium hydroxide, as a makeup primer. They swear by it and depend on its oil-absorbing properties to help their clients’ makeup last throughout the long hours they endure in the entertainment industry. Word is, Beyonce’s makeup artist, Billy B. Van, learned this tip from Beyonce and uses this technique while applying her makeup for concerts. Don’t worry. Your flawless makeup job won’t send you running to the nearest bathroom. The major concern here is making sure that you only use Milk of Magnesia if you have oily skin. Using this product as a primer on dry skin can have damaging side effects, including redness and flaky skin.