Some beauty treatments stand the test of time. We've all had grandmothers, mothers, aunts, or family friends who have blessed us with sage beauty advice, and while not all of it is useful today, we can all learn a thing or two from generations past. These 10 old beauty treatments are still totally useful in 2016 proving that some of those old at home remedies are total beauty gold. After all, if these tricks were good enough for our family members — and in some cases, Old Hollywood — they're good enough for me.
At-home beauty has become a huge trend as of late. Whether it's an at-home mask or moisturizing hair hack, there are tons of great ways to pamper yourself while staying in the comfort of your own home — and your pajamas. Some treatments, however, are definitely worth splurging on. Whether it's a killer product or a spa treatment perfect for pampering yourself, a splurge won't hurt. But what do both at-home hacks and spa methods have in common? They're all more than likely derived from an old school beauty method that we're still using in 2016. Whether the treatment is one derived from an Old Hollywood screen queen or just an old wives' tale you've heard all your life, the elder generation has some killer beauty treatments.
Mayonnaise Hair Mask
While coating your hair in mayonnaise doesn't exactly sound like fun, doing so is a total old school beauty treatment. Mayonnaise — alongside oils and avocados — conditions and repairs hair. Mix one cup of mayonnaise, one egg yolk, and a 1/4 cup of olive oil with a bit of water, coat your hair, wrap in a hot towel for twenty minutes before rinsing, and tada — silky hair.
Cocoa Butter For Stretch Marks
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Massage Cream for Stretch Cream, $5, Walgreens
This old school treatment is super well known. So well known, in fact, that Palmer's Cocoa Butter commercials are everywhere. I've always heard that this remedy would help stretch marks, and if you're not one to embrace your tiger stripes, massaging the cream into your skin will help them lighten.
Shaving Your Face
Whish Shave Cream, $20 ULTA
Liz Taylor was known of shaving her face, and while many my balk at this old beauty myth, the truth is that it's totally effective at removing baby hairs as well as exfoliating layers of dead skin from the face. The benefits are endless, really.
Olive Oil As Moisturizer
Seeking a great moisturizer? Look no further than olive oil. This baby has multiple uses, but it's probably most well known for being an incredible moisturizer. Sophia Loren would soak in a warm bath with a few drops of olive oil.
Getting Your Nails Done
Nail color has been a beauty treatment for quite some time, and the looks have undergone a lot of changes. However, a gorgeous red nail has been a classic for some time now, and my grandmother always chided me when I would steadily pick the polish off my fingers.
Vaseline As Lip Balm
My grandmother would coat my lips in vaseline during the winter. She swore on the product for moisturizing lips her lips and serving as a daily balm, saying it was basically a miracle treatment for a pout that was cracked, dry, and in need of extra love. If my lips stayed chapped, I'd be made to sleep with my mouth totally coated, and hey, it definitely worked.
Baby Powder For Dry Shampoo
Honest Organic Baby Powder, $12, The Honest Company
My mother told me when I was a teenager that baby powder would help camouflage my greasy hair when I woke up for school. How she knew this, I have no idea. Dry shampoo was a thing of the future at this point. Basically, the dry shampoo you use today, is basically an updated version of this crazy, old school baby powder hack.
Coconut Oil For A Youthful Glow
At this point, you're probably well aware that coconut oil is perfect, and it essentially can do anything. However, using coconut oil as a beauty treatment. In fact, glamorous Hollywood maven Mae West used coconut oil as a way to give her skin a youthful glow, and today, we're still using the oil as a way to moisturize skin and prevent aging.
Apple Cider Vinegar As Toner
Much like coconut oil, using apple cider vinegar as a beauty treatment has been a trick for quite some time now. One of its most well known uses though is as a toner. Using one part apple cider vinegar to four parts water, you can create a natural toner that can also help prevent acne.
Lemon Juice To Lighten Hair
When I was younger and wanted to rock lighter locks, my mom always wanted to coat my hair in lemon juice to lighten in naturally in the sun. Turns out, this weird trick totally works to lighten your locks.
Maybe it was a lack of beauty products, maybe it was just a super creative generation, whatever it was, those who came before millennials obsessed with beauty know a thing or ten about how to create beauty treatments that will last.
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