TikTok is a popular social media platform known for its abundance of beauty hacks, providing a variety of tips for both everyday natural looks and more glamorous nighttime styles. Although the app tends to attract younger users, the beauty advice shared on it can be beneficial for individuals of all ages. I've selected some of my favourite TikTok beauty tricks that are especially effective for mature women, which are easy to incorporate into any beauty routine and can help improve one's overall appearance and confidence. Some examples include
- "Slugging" to smooth wrinkles by applying a thick, petrolatum-based ointment to the skin before bed to lock in moisture and prevent water loss.
- Using peppermint gloss to plump lips by adding peppermint oil to lip gloss and applying it to the lips.
- Using frozen aloe vera leaves to reduce redness and inflammation by freezing the leaves and then massaging them on the face.
- Using self-tanner instead of bronzer to contour the face and create a natural-looking slimming shadow.
- Using baking soda as an exfoliant for gentle, effective exfoliation and brightening of the skin.
- Using egg whites as a face mask to tighten and brighten the skin.
- Using Vaseline to hydrate and soothe dry, cracked lips and hands.
- Using honey as a natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging face mask.
- Using Tea tree oil as a spot treatment for acne and other skin imperfections.
It's important to keep in mind that everyone's skin is different, and some of these hacks may not work for you. Simply patch test on your neck before trying out any new skincare routine. Your hands aren’t ideal as the skin is harder and less sensitive.
1 The key to a youthful complexion: Discover the anti-aging benefits of 'Slugging' for smoothing wrinkles
"Slugging" is a technique that involves applying a thick, petrolatum-based ointment to the skin before bed. This technique is said to lock moisture deep into the skin's many layers, preventing water loss that can make wrinkles much more apparent. The process is simple, you would apply a generous amount of the ointment all over your face, neck and chest, focusing on the drier areas, before you go to bed and leave it on overnight.
One of the key benefits of slugging is that it helps to hydrate and plump the skin, which can make wrinkles and fine lines less visible. The petrolatum-based ointment creates a barrier on the skin that helps to lock in moisture, preventing the skin from becoming dry and dehydrated. This can help to improve the overall appearance and texture of the skin, making it look and feel more youthful.
To get the most out of the technique, it's recommended to use an ointment that is infused with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Ceramides are lipids that are naturally found in the skin and they play an essential role in maintaining the skin barrier. They help to retain moisture in the skin, making it look and feel more hydrated. Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, is a naturally occurring substance in the body that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. This makes it an excellent ingredient for hydration and plumping the skin.
It's worth noting that the technique may not be suitable for everyone, especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin, as the thick ointment may clog pores and cause breakouts. It's always best to patch test a small area of skin before applying all over your face and check with a dermatologist before trying this technique, especially if you have any skin condition.
2 Get plump, luscious lips: Try this easy trick of adding peppermint oil to your lip gloss
Another popular technique on TikTok for achieving a plump pout is by using peppermint gloss. The method involves adding peppermint oil to a lip gloss before applying it to the lips. This works because the menthol in peppermint oil creates a tingling sensation that temporarily increases blood flow to the lips, making them appear fuller. Additionally, peppermint oil is rich in vitamins A and C, which can stimulate collagen and elastin production, two proteins that help to keep lips looking plump. To make your own peppermint gloss, simply add 4 drops of peppermint essential oil to a bottle of lip gloss, mix it well and apply a light layer on your lips, letting it absorb to achieve voluminous looking lips over time.
3 Eliminate redness, and soothe inflammation: Discover the benefits of using frozen Aloe Vera cubes
The use of frozen aloe vera leaves to reduce skin redness is a popular beauty hack found in many YouTube and TikTok videos. Aloe vera plant's saponins are known to help strengthen the skin barrier and soothe inflammation, reducing future flare-ups as well, according to dermatologist Dr. Jaliman. When applied frozen, aloe vera also helps to reduce the sting and discomfort of irritated skin and constricts blood vessels, further reducing redness. Additionally, it can also help to reduce facial puffiness and create a slimmer looking face. To use this method, cut fresh aloe vera leaves into 2-inch pieces and freeze overnight. When dealing with redness or flare-ups, massage a frozen piece on the face for 2 minutes and let the residue absorb.
4 Sculpt and Slim your face effortlessly: Learn how Self-Tanner Contouring can erase a double chin
A really popular trend on TikTok for contouring is using self-tanner instead of bronzer. This method is said to create a natural-looking slimming shadow that can make a double chin appear to recede and lasts for 7-10 days. To achieve this look, add one pump of a self-tanning mousse onto a paper plate, dip a makeup brush into the tanner, then gently buff the tanner onto the areas of the face where bronzer would normally be applied, such as the hollows of the cheeks, the jawline, hairline, and down the neck. To smooth out any harsh lines, blend with a makeup sponge, and wait for an hour before washing the face.
5 Achieve radiant, smooth skin: Learn how to use Baking Soda as a gentle and effective exfoliant
Using baking soda as an exfoliant is a popular beauty hack that can be used to gently and effectively remove dead skin cells and brighten the skin. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can gently scrub away impurities and unclog pores without causing irritation or damage to the skin. Additionally, baking soda has a slightly alkaline pH which is close to the skin's natural pH, this helps to balance the skin, which can help reduce the appearance of dark spots, discoloration, and uneven skin tone. To use baking soda as an exfoliant, you can mix it with water to create a paste, then gently massage it onto the skin in circular motions, being careful to avoid the sensitive areas around the eyes, then rinse it off with warm water. You can also mix baking soda with honey to make a gentle face mask that will cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize the skin all at once. It's recommended to do this no more than once or twice a week as over-exfoliation can lead to irritation, dryness, and other problems on the skin.
6 Transform your skin: Discover the tightening and brightening benefits of using egg whites as a face mask
Using egg whites as a face mask is a popular beauty hack that can help to tighten and brighten the skin. The proteins in egg whites can help to firm and tone the skin, while the enzymes can help to exfoliate and brighten the skin. When applied topically, the proteins in the egg whites can help to tighten the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance, also the enzymes in the egg whites can help to remove dead skin cells and brighten the complexion.
To use egg whites as a face mask, separate the whites from the yolks and whisk until frothy. Apply a thin layer of the egg white to your face, avoiding the eye and mouth areas. Allow the mask to dry for 15-20 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. It's recommended to use this mask once a week, as applying it too frequently can cause dryness and irritation. Keep in mind that people with sensitive skin or an allergy to eggs should avoid using this mask. Also, ensure that you're using fresh eggs, as spoiled or rotten eggs can cause skin irritation or even infection.
7 Say goodbye to dry, cracked skin: Learn how to use Vaseline to hydrate and soothe dry, cracked lips and hands
Vaseline, also known as petroleum jelly, is a popular beauty hack that can be used to hydrate and soothe dry, cracked lips and hands. The jelly is a highly occlusive moisturizer, which means that it forms a protective barrier on the skin, locking in moisture and keeping it hydrated for an extended period of time.
When used on the lips, Vaseline can help to keep them hydrated and prevent them from becoming chapped, cracked, or painful. It can also be used as a lip balm to soothe and repair dry, damaged lips. When applied to the hands, it can help to moisturize the skin and prevent dryness, cracking, and irritation, also it can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
To use Vaseline, simply apply a small amount to the dry or cracked areas, either on the lips or the hands, and rub it in gently. Repeat this as often as needed to keep the affected areas hydrated and soothed. Keep in mind that while Vaseline is safe for most people to use, it can cause clogging of pores if used on the face, which can lead to breakouts, so it's best to avoid using it on the face or apply it with caution.
It's important to note that Vaseline is highly comedogenic, it can cause clogging of pores and lead to breakouts if used on the face, so it's best to avoid using it on the face or use it with caution.
8 Reverse the signs of aging and boost your skin's health: Discover the power of using honey as a natural face mask
Using honey as a face mask is a popular beauty hack that can help to cleanse, moisturize, and soothe the skin. Honey is a natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging ingredient, and it's been used for centuries for its medicinal properties.
Honey has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which makes it effective in reducing redness and preventing damage from environmental factors. The antibacterial properties of honey make it an effective treatment for acne-prone skin. It can help to cleanse the pores, prevent the buildup of bacteria, and reduce the size and severity of blemishes.
Honey also has humectant properties, which means that it can draw moisture from the air into the skin. This makes it an effective moisturizer, especially for dry or mature skin. The enzymes in raw honey also work to gently exfoliate the skin and can help to brighten the skin by removing dead skin cells.
To use honey as a face mask, apply a thin layer of raw honey to the face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. You can also mix honey with other natural ingredients such as turmeric, cinnamon, yogurt, lemon juice, or oats for extra benefits. Keep in mind that, as with any new skincare product, it's important to patch test first and to consult with a dermatologist if you have sensitive skin or an allergy to honey. Also, it's always good to use raw, unfiltered honey for the best results as it contains more enzymes and benefits compared to processed honey.
9 Using tea tree oil as a spot treatment for acne and other skin imperfections is a popular beauty hack
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial agent, which makes it effective in treating and preventing acne. It also has antifungal and antiviral properties that can help to fight other types of skin infections.
Tea tree oil is believed to work by penetrating the skin and unclogging pores, which allows sebum and other impurities to escape. It also helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, which is responsible for the redness and pain associated with acne. This can make tea tree oil an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne, especially when applied topically to the affected area.
To use tea tree oil as a spot treatment, mix a few drops of the oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, or water and apply it to the affected area with a cotton swab. You should wait for a few minutes before rinsing it off or leaving it on overnight. Keep in mind, that tea tree oil is quite strong. It can cause dryness and irritation if used in high concentrations or overuse. So, always dilute the oil before using it on the skin, and patch test first. It's recommended to use it no more than once or twice a day. People with sensitive skin or an allergy to tea tree oil should avoid using this treatment. It is always good to check with a dermatologist before trying any new skincare product.
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