7 Magic Beauty Products You Already Have in Your Pantry

by Tami Brehse March 20, 2017

At home beauty remedies

7 Magic Beauty Products You Already Have in Your Pantry

Don’t you hate it when you go to take off your makeup after a long day, only to find you’ve used up the last drop of your makeup remover? Or what about when you’ve got a dry skin flare-up and no moisturizer on hand?

We’ve come to rely on our favorite beauty products so much that it’s easy to forget some of the best beauty remedies are already at our fingertips—in the form of common household products! Next time you’re running low on one of your cosmetics (or you’re just feeling the urge to DIY), try these 7 magic at-home products to cure the most common beauty conundrums.

Coconut oil

Coconut Oil

This versatile coconut product is like the nectar of the beauty gods. The ways to use it are practically endless!

Massage it into dry skin for an instant dose of moisture. Dab some on a cotton ball to easily wipe away stubborn eye makeup. Use it on your legs in lieu of shaving cream.

You can even apply it to your hair as a deep conditioning treatment. Stick to your ends only to avoid an oily mess at your roots.



This sweet baking ingredient works wonders as an all-purpose scrub.

Dab some sugar on your damp fingertips and massage it into lips to get rid of dry patches. You can also combine it with the aforementioned coconut oil for an all-over exfoliating body scrub.

Handling something smelly, like fish? Mix a teaspoon of sugar with your regular hand soap to help slough away the odor while getting hands clean.

Green tea

Green Tea

We love anything that keeps us from looking tired, so naturally green tea is one of our favorite at-home beauty standbys. A green tea bag contains the perfect combination of caffeine and antioxidants to give undereye skin an instant lift after a late night.

First, steep two tea bags in hot water. Then remove them and pop them in the freezer until they’re slightly chilled. Finally, apply one tea bag to each of your eyes for five or ten minutes. The tea bag’s contents will help firm up skin, while the coolness will help alleviate puffiness.

And of course, you can always sip a cup of the stuff to reap the anti-aging benefits of its many antioxidants.

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera

You’ve always known the gel-like inside of this plant was a natural cure for burns, but did you know it can also be used to soothe eczema and psoriasis flare-ups? The same anti-inflammatory properties apply as when you’re using aloe vera to treat burns.

Slice open a leaf of the plant lengthwise, then massage the clear gel inside onto skin. Allow it to dry then rinse or peel or peel off to reveal calmer, smoother skin.

The plant’s beauty benefits don’t end with your complexion; you can dab a bit on a brush and use it as a homemade brow gel, or massage it into cracked skin on your feet.



The sweet stuff has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it a favorite old-time treatment for healing cuts and fading scars. You can use honey to take down inflammation and clam redness from breakouts.

Honey’s also a hair conditioning favorite; apply it liberally to the ends of damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing out.

Finally, you can use honey as an all-over face mask to tighten skin, reduce pore size and draw out impurities.  



Another medicine cabinet must-have. Vaseline works wonders to fight dryness when rubbed onto hands, feet or just about anywhere before bed.

You can swap out your normal mascara for Vaseline for a dewy, less-done eye look, or use it on the ends of hair to smooth split ends and tame flyaways.

Perhaps our favorite Vaseline trick is for your legs. Smooth it on the front of shins and thighs for a silky-smooth glow come shorts season.

Baking soda

Baking Soda

Sometimes, a relaxing bath is just what the doctor ordered. Sprinkle baking soda into the warm water to smooth rough or calloused skin while you soak.

Baking soda can also be used to remove product buildup that dulls your hair’s shine. Sprinkle a teaspoon in with your normal shampoo and massage into your roots before rinsing and styling as normal.

What’s your favorite at-home beauty remedy?

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Tami Brehse
Tami Brehse